The BA (Hons) Degree in Retail Design is the ideal course for those wishing to pursue a career as a professional interior designer with a keen interest in retail design or alternatively anyone seeking to expand their knowledge and skill set of the interior design retail market.

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.

BA (Hons) Retail Design

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) Retail Design course is awarded by our academic partner, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)*.

About the Course

The BA (Hons) in Retail Design course offers students the opportunity to specialise and focus on, their main area of interest; designing for the retail sector. This course offers students a more in-depth and professional approach to specific design projects with an emphasis on retail design. Not only will this course allow students to possess the unique and highly sought after skills of a retail designer, but will also provide them with a fully accredited BA (Hons) degree qualification to add to their CV, an essential element in such a competitive and growing market.

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, a previous qualification in a relevant subject or alternatively substantial industry experience. It will allow students to build on their existing knowledge of interior design whilst specialising in retail.

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. The modules for the full BA (Hons) Retail Design course 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.

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



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