The BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Design for Outdoor Living is the perfect design course for students who have already completed a two year Foundation Degree in Interior Design with NDA or with another college or university, and wish to top-up to a full BA (Hons) Degree, with just one year's further study. The Design for Outdoor Living BA (Hons) Top-Up allows interior design students to widen their skills to include the design of outdoor spaces, and the seamless transition of the interior space to the outdoors.
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. Find out more about study methods.
This Design for Outdoor Living Top-Up Degree is awarded by our Academic Partners Staffordshire University. They will issue your degree certificate which is the same as those issued to students who study on-campus. All Graduates will be able to attend a wonderful lakeside graduation ceremony at Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire UK, as part of the Staffordshire University Awards Ceremony.
Who should do this course?
- Graduates of the NDA Foundation Degree (FdA) in Interior Design or a similar qualification studied elsewhere. It is the ideal progression degree for those that have a keen interest in the specific skills required for the design of outdoor spaces. This is by no means a garden design course, as it will focus on how to extend the design of an interior, through the transitional space to flow seamlessly through to the exterior forming a space for outdoor living.
- If you are already working as a senior interior designer and wish to add these specialist skills to your existing design services you may enter directly onto this BA (Hons) top-up degree, with a CV and professional portfolio.
How will I study?
This BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Design for Outdoor Living is studied part-time, flexibly online through our bespoke Virtual Learning Studio (VLS). All your interactive course material is accessed through the VLS and you contact contact your Personal Tutor as often as you wish. The VLS is also home to the Lively NDA Student Forum where you can meet up with students from all parts of the world, to share ideas and make new friends. Most students complete their BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree in approximately one year but this is flexible according to your study plan.
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You can become a freelance interior designer, or work within an established architectural or interior design practice. You can also start your own design price offering your wide range of specialist skills.
Your final progression from your Bachelor's Degree with Honours is onto the NDA Online Master's Degree. BA (Hons) Graduates who would like to work in Design Management or to start their own design practice will receive a guaranteed place place on our Master's Degree in Interior Design (MA) together with a generous NDA Progression Scholarship for reduced tuition fees.
If you go on to study a Master's Degree with NDA your career is likely to be at management level. Other options include: interiors home staging, Interior and Outdoor Designer, show home design, design journalism, exhibition design, lighting design or retail buyer for interior related areas.
Fees & Scholarships
Because the National Design Academy is a Non-Profit Organisation we are able to offer the LOWEST tuition fees and generous Progression Scholarships to all continuing NDA students.
UK Students have access to student loans to cover the full cost of their degree.
Students who pay their own fees receive a discount for payment in full, or pay by monthly payments to spread the cost.
What Will I Study?
Module 1. Design Technology and Materials for Outdoor Living
Within this Module, the principles that define outdoor living and transitional outdoor spaces are examined with particular reference to materials selection and hard landscaping performance. The Module includes an overview of outdoor design and design principles; examining the environmental context, spatial design and continuity with interior spaces before considering the texture, colour, durability and weathering of materials as well as their carbon footprint. The Module will then progress to construction and installation techniques, the analysis of existing ground conditions, preparing levels, surfaces and the sourcing of materials.
Module 2. Plants & Planting for Outdoor Living
Planting design is the selection and placement of plants to create or enhance a design, and within this Module the development of effective designs for an outdoor living space is discussed. The structure of plants such as leaf shape, colour and growth habit as well as associated requirements such as planting medium, nourishment and water is looked at in detail, as well as the combination of planting to achieve maximum effect and enhance the location, site and wider context of the planting scheme.
Module 3. Research and Independent Study for Outdoor Living
This Module is a double-length Module (60 credits) based upon clear proposals with specific criteria. The subject area for assessment will be established in discussion with your tutor focusing upon the development of innovative ideas in response to a clearly-defined brief appropriate to design for outdoor living. This practice-based assignment includes the presentation of a completed outdoor living design project comprising; plans, visuals, presentation boards, development sketches and product specifications, supported by an element of critical evaluation.
If you still have questions feel free to call us for further information on 01159 1234 12, or click on Live Chat. Alternatively, why not book a place on one of our Interior Design Course Open Days at our studios in Nottingham UK, come along and talk to the Tutors, view students' work and take a tour of the Academy?