The BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Interior Design consists of the final 3 modules of the BA (Hons) Interior Design Degree. It is the perfect progression route for students who have completed a Foundation Degree (FdA) or equivalent qualification in Interior Design, either with NDA or from a different university or college. International Students are welcome. Direct Entry students are always welcome. After one further year of study FdA graduates can top-up their degree to a full Bachelor's Degree with Honours. They can continue to study flexibly online, alongside their career or family and even choose their own start date.
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 top-up Degree is awarded by our Academic Partners Staffordshire University. Your degree certificate will be issued by the University and is identical to those of students who study on-campus.
All successful NDA degree students can join us for a wonderful graduation ceremony as part of the Staffordshire University Awards Celebration, held by the lakes at Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire. This is always a wonderful day and it is the perfect way to celebrate with friends and family, whilst also offering you a chance to reflect on all that you have achieved.
Who should do this course?
- Those who have graduated from a Foundation Degree (FdA) or similar Level 5 qualification who wish to improve their skills to a professional level and enter a career in interior design or start their own practice. International Students welcome.
- Those who have been working as an interior designer at a senior level and would like the recognition of a degree qualification may gain entry through submission of their CV and a professional portfolio.
How will I study?
This BA (Hons) Final Year Top-Up 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 wonderful interior design schemes and interior designers of note. You can also join the lively discussions on the NDA Student Forum, make new friends from around the world and you can contact your personal tutor direct as often as you wish. The majority of NDA students complete their BA (Hons) Final Year Top 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, start your own interior design practice or work as a qualified interior designer within an established interior design or architectural practice.
Your final progression from a Bachelor's Degree with Honours is to our Master's Degree. Successful BA (Hons) graduates who would like to enter a career in Design Management or wish to start their own professional interior design practice will be offered a place on our Master's Degree in Interior Design (MA) with a generous NDA Progression Scholarship for reduced tuition fees.
With a Master's Degree your career can be at management level. Other options include: interiors home staging, 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 one payment or they can make monthly payments to spread the cost.
What Will I Study?
Module 1. Exhibition Design
Within this Module two main exhibition design approaches will be examined; the commercial trade exhibition stand format and the role of the designer within permanent public gallery spaces and interpretive installations. The Module also provides an overview of interior design issues particularly relevant to exhibition design including; public access and participation, enhanced space planning and visitor flow and an overview of exhibit media and exhibition types.
Module 2. Hotel Design
Hotel design is a significant contributor to the evolution of interior design, particularly residential interior design. The nature of the fiercely- competitive hotel market means that each hotel, or hotel chain, must present a specific interior experience to influence customer choice. This Module investigates how hotels attract their specific markets through an interior design which accurately reflects brand values and corporate identity. The Module will develop understanding of client/customer relationships and how these may be strengthened through interior design.
Module 3. Research Study Project
Within this Module, an area of study will be selected in consultation with your tutor and a title for discussion identified. Your tutor will advise you on the scale of your selected area of study and ensure that there is sufficient available material for you to research. You will then undertake an in-depth literature search and conduct any primary research followed by a review of your data and an analysis of its potential within your project. Finally, you will interpret and present your findings. Interpretation is essential as it shows the ability to evaluate and draw conclusions rather than simply reproducing the evidence which has been gathered.
Module 4. Independent Study Project
This Module is a double-length Module (60 credits) based upon clear proposals with specific criteria established in discussion with your tutor. You will liaise with your tutor to agree a title and area of study followed by approval of the client brief. This practice-based assignment includes the presentation of a completed interior 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?