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BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design Top-up

The BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Heritage Interior Design is the perfect interior design course for students who are passionate about becoming an interior designer and would like to specialise in designing sympathetic interiors for period and heritage properties. This is the only BA (Hons) Degree available covering this subject and it will provide students with the very specialist and rare skills required by Heritage Agencies and Specialist Practices within the heritage sector.


This BA (Hons) top-up Degree in Heritage Interior Design is awarded by our Academic Partners Staffordshire University. The certificate for your degree is issued by the University and will be the same certificate issued to their campus-based students. Graduates can join us for the wonderful graduation ceremony by the lakes at Trentham Gardens, as part of the Staffordshire University Awards Ceremony.

Who should do this course?

  • Those who have graduated from a Foundation Degree (FdA) in Interior Design or similar qualification, either with NDA or with another university, or college who wish to gain these specialist skills in the design of period and heritage interiors. After approximately one year's study you will achieve your Bachelor's Degree with Honours in Heritage Interior Design.
  • If you are already working as an interior designer with several years experience and would like the recognition of a degree qualification in this very specialist area, you may gain entry through submission of your CV and a professional portfolio.

Completing this final section of modules for the Heritage Interior Design course will allow students to really hone their skills and knowledge of the heritage style buildings whilst gaining a more in-depth view of the specific regulations required when working with listed and older properties.

How will I study?

This BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Heritage Interior Design takes most NDA students around 12 months to complete, some may require longer according to their circumstances.

This final year top-up degree is studied part-time, flexibly online using the NDA Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) which you can access 24/7 throughout the world. Your course information is supplied through the VLS and it will take you step-by-step through every module. Through the VLS you can contact your personal tutor direct and you will not have to take an exam as your Tutor assesses your projects as you progress through the course. The degree course is designed to fit around your work & home life. You can make new friends and keep in touch with other students and share ideas and see examples of other students work, through our lively Student Forum.

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Not only will you graduate with a full BA (Hons) degree you will have also gained the specialist skills in high demand by the top heritage design practices.


With your BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design you can become a freelance interior designer specialising in period and heritage properties offering your skills to Heritage Agencies. You can join an established Architectural Practice or Interior Design Practice or you could start your own specialist interior design practice working within the Heritage sector.

Further Education

The final progression route from the BA (Hons) in Heritage Interior Design is on to the Master's Degree (MA) in Interior Design. This means you can offer your rare specialist skills at a management level within an Architectural Practice or established Interior Design Practice. It will also allow you to set up your own very specialist design practice working with Heritage Agencies or working directly with clients on their period properties.

All graduates of the BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design Degree will be awarded a substantial Progression Scholarship when they progress on to the NDA Master's Degree (MA) in Interior Design course.

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?

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?

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