BA (HONS) INTERIOR DESIGN
The BA (Hons) Degree in Interior Design is the ideal course for those who have a true passion for interior design and crave the opportunity to add a professional graduate qualification to a their CV.
The course is online and fully flexible and at the NDA, flexible means exactly that! There are no terms or semesters so you can choose your own start date, and study at your own pace. We treat every student as an individual and our courses reflect that.
Enrol at anytime – you choose your own start date! No terms or semesters, so you can study when its convenient for you.
One of the following is required to study this degree. If you do not have suitable qualifications – you can study an NDA Level 3 Diploma course as a guaranteed progression route onto the degree:
- NDA Level 3 Diploma
- NVQ or City & Guilds in a related subject
- One A Level in a design related subject
- Successful completion of an Art Foundation Year at College or University
- We welcome applications from mature students with a CV showing previous interior design experience plus one example from your portfolio of a design project you have completed to include visuals/plans/sample
If unsure, please contact us.
(If you are not a previous NDA student do not apply for Student Finance until you have been approved to join)
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) 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 industry.
This course is the ideal next step for students that have already successfully completed the Diploma in Professional Interior Design with the National Design Academy, hold a previous qualification in a relevant subject, or alternatively, have relevant industry experience.
The BA (Hons) Interior Design 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.
About the Course
BA (Hons) 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 full BA (Hons) Degree, many students opt to further enhance their knowledge of interior design by completing the MA Interior Design course with the National Design Academy. This qualification will help to add further value to a student’s CV whilst continually building on the skill set and knowledge of the design industry as a whole.
Many students also opt to enrol on to an alternative diploma level course such as the Diploma in Garden Design or the Diploma in Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings. These additional qualifications on a CV will allow students to demonstrate that they have a broad knowledge of the design market and will aid their credibility in the market when pitching to clients.
The BA (Hons) Interior Design course offers students the opportunity to promote themselves to clients and employers as a professional interior designer with proven academic knowledge of the design world.
The interior design market is increasingly growing year on year and the demand for high quality interior designers is on the rise. Consequently, many of our degree level graduates will go on to work in high-end interior design practices, work on a freelance basis or alternatively set up their own design business.
Take a look through some of our case studies from past BA (Hons) Interior Design students and see how they found the course.
With the NDA, now you can afford to study for a degree.
Student loans – UK Students only (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 £25,000 per year you will not have to repay.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are not a previous NDA student do not apply for Student Finance until you have been approved to join
You can spread the cost and pay tuition fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost or pay in full and receive a discount.
What will I study?
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.
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.
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.
Good lighting and successfully integrated technology are fundamental to an interior design scheme and this Module introduces you to the ever-increasing range of products and technologies which are the tools of any designer. Beginning with the effects and manipulation of natural light and continuing through ambient, task and decorative lighting, you will become aware of the extent to which correct lighting combined with integrated audio-visual technology can enhance an interior environment.
Responsible and sustainable design is an essential consideration for the contemporary interior designer. This Module looks at the differing and sometimes contradictory approaches to ethical and ecological design and design products with particular emphasis on a sustainable approach using clean technology. The Module also introduces the choice of sustainable materials and construction methods used within interior design and discusses their impact upon the outcomes of a particular scheme as well as providing an overview of Building Regulations and other relevant regulatory factors.
This Module looks at those factors which influence the design of residential sales environments. From show homes for large, new-build housing developments to small specialist high-end developments intended for international buyers, the Module analyses the often subconscious prompts which make us feel comfortable and wish to purchase particular properties. The Module also includes an overview of bespoke design solutions and examples of best practice used within residential sales environments.
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 marketing and financial forecasting skills.
Essential to the success of any interior project is the selection, suitability and quality of the furniture and furnishings. This is the element of interior design with which we have the most physical contact and it is also the most visible element within any interior design scheme. This Module looks at the history of furniture and furnishings, outlines the major suppliers and manufacturers of high quality furniture and textiles and discusses their placement to best advantage within an interior design scheme.
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.
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.