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

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.


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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