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.
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.
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 pay in full on enrolment or spread the cost over 10 monthly payments for each year/level (Monthly payments include admin fee).
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.
Good lighting and the creative use of technology is integral to any good interior design project. This module will cover the vast array of products and technologies which can be used within a space to create a dynamic yet functional scheme for both residential and commercial projects. You will further develop the scheme produced in your Space Planning module, adding lighting and audio-visual technology to an already developed furniture plan, ensuring that the space is fit for the purpose identified by the client.
Regardless of the sector you decide to specialise in, you will need to understand how and when to use sustainable products, materials and technologies, as this is a growing concern among clients. As a designer you need to be able to offer your clients the same range of options whilst being conscious of current environmental issues. Within this module you will address these issues and discover a range of architects and designers who specialise in eco-friendly interiors, all whilst exploring the world of restaurant design.
There are many factors which influence the sale or re-sale of residential properties, and in this module you will focus on how to design interiors that sell! By designing two different properties for clients who will not be the intended residents the way in which you communicate your ideas will be different. As part of this module you will learn how to produce letters to clients, design packs and 3D visuals.
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.
The main focus on this module is furniture and furnishings, together with everything you have learned at this point to produce an interior design scheme to meet a specific client brief. There is a choice of different briefs within this module, allowing you to tailor the direction of your own study. Alongside this you will explore the history of furniture and furnishings, the placement of these features and look at major high-end suppliers. For this module you will also complete 40 hours of work experience which will give you a unique insight into the design industry.
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.