Because the National Design Academy is a not for profit organisation and we only offer accredited courses, we are able to offer you:
There are three ways to pay for your Diploma course:
If you prefer to pay for your own course fees, they can be subsidised by up to 60%.NDA Diplomas are eligible for funding subsidy if you live in the UK:
All course fees include £105 AIM Awards Qualification Fee. This is optional and can be deducted on enrolment, but is required if you pay by Student Loan or if you wish to progress on to a degree.
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Successful Diploma students receive a guaranteed place on one of our online degree courses - with a generous progression scholarship to reduce the cost of your degree tuition fees.
All NDA Diploma Courses are eligible for Student Loans because they are fully accredited. They are called Advanced Learning Loans and if you will be aged 19+ when you start your course, you will be eligible. The loan will pay the entire cost of your Diploma - with no tuition fees to find.
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Because NDA courses are accredited, they are all eligible for funding if you pay your own course fees and live in the UK. Fees are subsidised by up to 60%. Funding subsidy is not available if you are paying with a Student Loan - you can claim for funding subsidy OR apply for an Advanced Learning Loan - but not both.
All Diploma Fees include the Qualification Fee of £105 paid to AIM Awards for your accredited AIM Awards Level 3 Diploma (equivalent to A Level).
You can opt to remove the qualification fee when you enrol but NDA strongly recommends that you read more about the benefits of receiving an accredited qualification.
If you have any questions about fees, funding or scholarships, please contact our Admissions Department at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be pleased to help.
*There are 2 levels for a Foundation Degree, covering the first 2 levels of a BA (Hons) Degree. Each level is equivalent to one university year.
PLEASE NOTE: When paying by Student Loan, you are required to apply for the instalment fee amount not the full fee
Student loans explained
Student loans (or tuition fee loans) are the most popular way for NDA students to study as they cover the entire cost of their degree. Loans are not based on income or means tested and most students in England & Wales will qualify. Repayments only start after four years - but if you earn less than £21,000 per year you will not have to repay.
You can spread the cost and pay tuition fees by monthly instalments at no extra cost or you can pay your fees for each level in full and receive a discount.
There is 1 level for a BA (Hons) Top-up Degree, covering the final level of a BA (Hons) Degree. This level is equivalent to one university year.
*There are 3 levels for a BA (Hons) Degree. Each level is equivalent to one university year.
You can spread the cost and pay tuition fees by monthly instalments at no extra cost or you can pay your fee in full and receive a discount.
To qualify for the UK subsidy you must:
Although AIM Awards accreditation is optional for NDA Diploma courses, NDA highly recommend that you do register for the following reasons.
All NDA qualifications carry national validation, which means that they have been approved at government level and have reached the standard to qualify for government funding, if available.
All NDA Diplomas are listed on the British Government Quality & Curriculum Framework.
AIM Awards is an approved British Awarding Body, regulated by OfQual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).
This is not the case for all interior design courses currently offered. Some courses offered by design schools are simply not accredited. Some accrediting bodies take an overview of an organisation rather than individual courses, and there is no inspection of student work on an ongoing basis.
All students should consider the level of accreditation for any intended course.
Available for Professional Interior Design Diploma, Professional Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings Diploma and Professional Garden Design Diploma.
Provided you are aged 19 or older on the day you start your course you will probably be eligible for a 19+ advanced learning loan. This means that you can borrow all the money for your Professional Interior Design Diploma course without having to pay any of the course fees! You will only start to repay when you earn over £21,000. If you never earn £21,000 or your pension is less than £21,000 you will not need to repay any of the loan.
It is not possible to gain a funding subsidy and take a 19+ Loan for the same course. You can choose the method of payment that suits your circumstances. Students taking out a 19+ Loan do not pay any of their course fees (just a £50 administration fee, refundable upon successful completion of your course) whereas subsidised students must pay a contribution towards their course fees.
For further information please visit https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/overview.
For a repayment calculator visit https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator.