The BA (Hons) Design for Outdoor Living degree course is the perfect pathway for students who aim to carve out a career as a professional interior designer with a specialist interest in outdoor spaces or alternatively anyone who enjoys expanding their knowledge of the skills and techniques required when looking to design an outdoor area.

At NDA ‘online flexible learning’ means exactly that! Unlike other institutions, at NDA there are no terms or semesters, you can choose your own start date and study at your own pace – not the pace dictated by the institution or other students. At NDA we treat every student as an individual.

Outdoor Living course

You can enrol at anytime – choose your own start date! No Terms or Semesters – study when convenient for you

Students should hold ONE of the following:

  • NDA Diploma
  • Level 3 Diploma, City & Guilds or NVQ, BTEC, HNC etc. in Design or equivalent
  • A Level in Art and/or Design equivalent
  • Art & Design Foundation Year (university or college)
  • Age 21+ portfolio of previous Interior Design experience
  • International Baccalaureate Art & Design equivalent
  • High School Diploma containing Art & Design with portfolio

The courses are taught in English, so international students will require a good standard of written English to study for a Degree. IELTS average 6.5 or TOEFL score of 550 is usually required, however all applicants are considered on an individual basis.

If you do not have the required qualifications to study a degree you can study an NDA Diploma either online or in-studio, for a place on a degree afterwards. Please request a Diploma Prospectus for more information about NDA Diploma courses.

(If you are not a previous NDA student do not apply for Student Finance until you have been approved to join)

3 years – flexible study


You will not have to take an exam! Your tutor will assess your assignments as you submit them throughout the course and your portfolio is moderated by a De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) External Examiner.

Each Module is self-contained, and has its own assessment, it has distinctive educational objectives and clearly defined content.


The BA (Hons) Design for Outdoor Living course is awarded by our academic partner, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)*.

About the Course

The BA (Hons) Interior Design course offers students a more in-depth and professional approach to specific design projects as well as providing the student with an impressive qualification to add to a CV, an essential element when looking to build a career in the design market.

This course is the ideal next step for students that have already successfully completed the Diploma in Professional Interior Design Skills with the National Design Academy, hold a previous qualification in a relevant subject, or alternatively, have relevant industry experience.

This course covers a wide range of modules aimed at shaping the student’s mindset and knowledge base so that they can complete a design project in an accurate, creative and timely manner, whilst also satisfying the exact specifications of their client brief.

The modules for the full BA honours degree will cover a variety of core topics, whilst also offering students the opportunity to focus on a specific element of design such as hotel design or exhibition design.

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)
BA (Hons) Design for Outdoor Living awarded by our academic partner, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).



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