BA (HONS) RETAIL DESIGN
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.
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.
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.
About the Course
BA (Hons) Retail 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) Retail 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 weight to a student’s CV whilst continually building on the skill set and knowledge of the design market as a whole.
Many students also opt 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 will allow students to prove 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) Retail Design course offers students the opportunity to promote themselves to clients and employers as a professional interior designer with a specialist knowledge of the retail space with proven academic knowledge of the design world.
Many of our students will go on to be employed in a design-based company, where they hold a specialist retail designer role. Alternatively, we have many students who have set up their own interior design practices that focus on the retail design market or alternatively those who choose to work on a freelance basis.
Take a look through some of our case studies from past BA (Hons) Retail 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.
Ever wonder what makes for a good customer experience? In the first of the specialist modules you will be given the opportunity to explore this topic, considering the relationship between the retailer and the customer, and how this is affected by the lifestyle of the customer. You will undertake the development of a concept, using a selected target market and a space chosen by yourself. This is an exciting opportunity to tailor your portfolio towards the sector you wish to work within, creating presentation boards, drawings and rendered visual images.
Branding is one of the key considerations within retail design, and good branding can make or break a retailer, big or small. In this module you will focus on the development of branding and discover how this can be applied to a retail environment. You will also start to develop an understanding for the importance of branding when positioning a business within the market place.
Another key consideration within retail design is visual communication and merchandising, as this will affect the way that the products are viewed by the customer. There are many elements that effect this, including layout, circulation and positioning of products. Within this module you will gain an understanding of how established brands use a range of methods and techniques within the retail environment, and explore these yourself through development sketches and drawings.
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.
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 module will allow you to apply everything you have learnt so far to a specific retail space, and allow you to further tailor your learning by allowing you to select the types of products you display. Within this module you will research a retailer, develop branding, design visual communication and merchandising, all with a specific customer and experience in mind.
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.