BA (HONS) HERITAGE INTERIOR DESIGN
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.
Approximately 3 years (maximum of 8 years).
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.
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.
About the Course
BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design awarded by our academic partner, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).
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.
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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What will I study?
Interior design is a vibrant and exciting industry, and within this module you will be introduced to world leaders in both residential and commercial design. Research underpins all good design projects therefore this module will introduce you to the skills and methods needed to undertake this research. You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of interior design and its history through the ages; knowledge which you will be able to apply to future modules.
However beautiful a space, if it is not functional it will not work for the user. Form and function is essential for good design. In this module you will learn how to design a space to meet the requirements of its function. You will learn how to plan and design an efficient, comfortable and safe space within a number of different briefs for both residential and commercial interiors. You will also start to learn the importance of development work at the initial stages of a project and how a concept will aid the design process.
To understand the present, you need to understanding the past, and in this module you will be encouraged to activity research heritage buildings within your local area, utilising some of the skills developed in the research module. This module examines the factors which have played a part in the development of interior design since the Renaissance and gives you the opportunity to recreate some of the most fascinating design styles throughout history.
When working with heritage properties it is important not only to be sympathetic but authentic; in this module you will explore the specialist techniques and finishes used when restoring or recreating historic interiors, and learn how these can be applied. You will also learn about the modern techniques used to recreate historic interiors, when the original materials are unavailable or unsafe.
There are a range of constraints, procedures and processes involved in the restoration of heritage interiors, however after completing this module you will have a better understanding of these and be able to apply this knowledge to your own design work. You will be introduced to the criteria used to assess a listed building, and organisations who are ultimately responsible for the welfare of heritage buildings.
Walls, floors and window treatments are integral to any interior scheme, and in this module you will discover how these three elements can help you to create a scheme specifically for a heritage interior. Throughout this module you will be introduced to techniques used in different periods, however the module will culminate in the creation of a Georgian interior scheme, giving you a range of visuals to add to your portfolio.
In this module you will be given the tools you need to create your own design practice and a marketing plan specifically tailored to you and your chosen career path. You will also explore the importance of branding to a business, and be given the opportunity to develop your own brand, which can form part of your portfolio and used to develop your future career prospects. You will also have the skills required to work within an existing practice at a professional level.
This project will draw on all the skills you will have developed in the specialist modules. You will work with a brief from concept, to development, through to completion, producing a great range of work to include within your portfolio. For this module you will also complete 40 hours of work experience which will give you a unique insight into the industry.
Using what you have learnt so far, in this module you will be tasked with finding a heritage building in your local area and producing a concept that converts this into a usable and authentic space which is reflective of the property’s history. You will explore the importance of protecting and enhancing a buildings history whilst developing a space which is style and appropriate for contemporary living.
It is at this stage of the course that you will truly get to choose the direction of the work you produce, starting with the research of a topic close to your heart. If there is an area of design that you are passionate about, then this is an exciting opportunity to incorporate this into your degree. Within this module you will write a dissertation, with the support and guidance of your tutor, who by now will have a great understanding of you and how you study. This dissertation will then feed into your final module; the independent study.
Building on the topic you have developed in the Research Study module , with the support of your tutor, you will be given double the amount of time of the previous modules, to focus on your chosen design based project. This will be the culmination of three years of hard work and will bring together all the skills you have learnt along the way. This module will provide you with visuals, presentation boards, development sketches and technical drawings to add to your portfolio.