The BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design course is the ideal course for those wishing to enter into the world of work as an interior designer with a specialist interest in heritage style. 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. Find out more.
About the course
The BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design course is aimed at students who are passionate about heritage interior design and crave the opportunity to further enhance their knowledge and skill set of this specialist market. This course offers students the opportunity to specialise and focus on their main area of interest; older properties, whilst also enabling them to learn more about the complex design considerations necessary when looking to redesign listed or period properties.
This course is the perfect academic progression for students who have already successfully completed the Diploma in Professional Interior Design Skills with the National Design Academy or alternatively a previous qualification in a relevant subject. This may also be a suitable pathway for students with in-depth industry experience. It will allow students to build on their existing knowledge of interior design whilst specialising in older buildings.
This course covers a wide range of modules aimed at guiding students through the required processes in order to ensure that their design projects exactly match the specifications of a client brief, whilst also producing a design that is fully compliant with any rules and regulations surrounding this type of project. The modules for the full BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design degree will cover a variety of core topics, whilst also providing students with a solid background in business advice and practice, invaluable skills when looking to set up a business in the design market or working as a freelance designer.
Teaching and learning
This BA (Hons) degree is studied part-time, flexibly online through our specially created Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) via the internet using your computer. Here you can access numerous links to interior design information, and you can contact your personal tutor direct. The course is designed to fit around your work & home life. You will receive informative and timely feedback on your assignments from your personal Tutor; you will not have to take an examination. You can telephone the NDA Helpline at any time (Monday - Friday 9.00.a.m. - 5.00.p.m.) to receive an instant answer to your question from a member of our Tutor Team. You can make new friends and keep in touch with other students and alumni and share ideas and see examples of other students work, through our lively Student Forum.
The majority of NDA students will complete their BA (Hons) Degree online in just 3 years, others may take a little longer and a few may need the maximum study time of 8 years. Find out more
Employability & progression
Following the successful completion of the BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design course, many students opt to further enhance their CVs and knowledge of the interior design market by completing the MA Interior Design course with the National Design Academy. This qualification will help add further credibility to a student’s CV whilst continually building on the skill set and knowledge of the design market as a whole.
Many students will also often choose to enrol on to an alternative diploma level course such as the Diploma in Garden Design Skills or the Diploma in Skills for Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings. These additional qualifications on a CV allow students to prove that they have a broad knowledge of the design market and aids their credibility in the market when pitching to clients.
The BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design course offers students the opportunity to promote themselves to clients and employers as a professional interior designer with a specialist knowledge of older buildings and with a proven academic knowledge of the design world.
Many of our students will be employed in a design-based company where they hold a designer role specialising in older properties. Alternatively, we have many students who have set up their own interior design practices that focus on listed buildings and heritage design or alternatively those who wish to work on a freelance basis.
Take a look through some of our case studies from past BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design students and see how they found the course.
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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 will qualify. Repayments only start after four years - but if you earn less than £21,000 per year you will not have to repay.
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What Will I Study?
Module 1. Research and Contextualisation
This Module introduces the research skills and methods which will to help you to locate and retrieve information and which you will use throughout the remainder of the Degree programme. Also within this Module, the work of leading residential and commercial interior designers from around the world who have produced work of an exceptional standard will be investigated. The Module provides a comprehensive introduction to interior design, including a guide to the history of interior design and designers, from the ancient world to the present day.
Module 2. Space Planning
This Module investigates the way that interior space may be organised according to a particular set of requirements. Such requirements vary according to the designated function of an interior. Whether a space is intended for residential or commercial use, appropriate space planning ensures that a space is used efficiently, comfortably and safely and is at the core of successful interior design. Space planning may also have ‘hidden’ attributes such as brand reinforcement within a corporate or retail context, or visitor engagement and improved viewing space within a museum or gallery context.
Module 3. Design in Historical Context
Interior design is continually changing and has been moving forward for centuries. This progression was usually led by a combination of factors rooted in social change such as etiquette, politics and display or technological advancements. This Module examines those forces, for example, the Italian Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution and the Bauhaus, which continue to shape the culture in which we live. Responding to these cultural changes has defined our interior environments throughout the ages. The Module traces the development of style through history and investigates how and why interiors, objects and furniture have evolved into their present form.
Module 4. Traditional Design Techniques
This Module investigates those traditional design techniques and specialist paint finishes used when restoring or decorating traditional, historic or important houses primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries. The study of decorative paint finishes such as marbling, graining and other techniques made popular following the ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe during the 18th century will also be examined. The Module explains the principles and origins of these finishes, as well as providing examples of recipes and instructions for their production.
Module 5. Design for Listed Buildings
This Module will enable the understanding of the constraints, procedures and processes involved in the restoration and interior design of listed buildings. The category or classification of listing determines what can and cannot be done to its interior and strict regulations are in place which protect and enhance the integrity of a historic building. This Module explains the design considerations which fall within these guidelines and which should be applied when working within a listed building.
Module 6. Wall, Floor and Window Treatments for Heritage Buildings
Walls, floors and windows are fundamental elements of interior design and the way that they are treated or decorated can completely transform the way that an interior looks and feels. This Module looks in detail at these elements and their possible decoration, preservation and style as well as the practical options available to an interior designer working within a heritage context.
Module 7. Professional Practice
This Module will take you step-by-step through the stages of establishing and running your own interior design practice, including the identification of brand values leading to the design of a corporate identity, alongside the development of office management, business planning, strategic markeking and financial forecasting skills.
Module 8. Level 5 Heritage Design Final Project
Within this Module, you will be encouraged to evidence your creativity through the research, development and completion of a specific major heritage design project. Within the project you will address specific areas of heritage design such as; research and analysis, legislation and designing for a target market. In addition, the Module will provide the opportunity for you to express your research, organisational, space planning and presentation skills.
Module 9. Heritage Conversions
The conversion or remodelling of existing buildings within the Heritage sector is an increasingly popular way of providing residential, leisure or business accommodation to a market which requires contemporary technology and comforts embedded within a building or location which retains a sense of history. This Module explores the different approaches taken by designers working within the field and helps develop an approach which recognises the importance of protecting and enhancing the integrity of the building whilst developing stylish interiors that fulfil the demands of contemporary living and working.
Module 10. Research Study Project
Within this Module, an area of study will be selected in consultation with your tutor and a title for discussion identified. Your tutor will advise you on the scale of your selected area of study and ensure that there is sufficient available material for you to research. You will then undertake an in-depth literature search and conduct any primary research followed by a review of your data and an analysis of its potential within your project. Finally, you will interpret and present your findings. Interpretation is essential as it shows the ability to evaluate and draw conclusions rather than simply reproducing the evidence which has been gathered.
Module 11. Independent Study Project
This Module is a double-length Module (60 credits) based upon clear proposals with specific criteria established in discussion with your tutor. You will liaise with your tutor to agree a title and area of study followed by approval of the client brief. This practice-based assignment includes the presentation of a completed interior design project comprising; plans, visuals, presentation boards, development sketches and product specifications, supported by an element of critical evaluation.
If you still have questions feel free to call us for further information on 01159 1234 12, or click on Live Chat. Alternatively, why not book a place on one of our Interior Design Course Open Days at our studios in Nottingham UK, come along and talk to the Tutors, view students' work and take a tour of the Academy?