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BA (Hons) Retail Design Top-up

The BA (Hons) Final Year "Top-Up" in Retail Design is the perfect design course for students who have already completed a two year Foundation Degree in Interior Design or Retail Design with NDA or with a different university, college or design school. With just one further year's study you can top-up to a full BA (Hons) Degree. In this final year Top-Up Degree you will gain advanced design knowledge with a specialist focus on the exciting world of retail space. You will also have the option to study the specialist area of Exhibition Design and undertake projects in areas that are of particular interest to you.


This top-up Degree in Retail Interior Design is awarded by our Academic Partners Staffordshire University. The certificate for your degree will be issued by the university and will be the same certificate awarded to those students who study on campus. Graduates will be invited to attend a wonderful lakeside graduation ceremony at Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire, as part of the Staffordshire University Awards Ceremony.

Who should do this course?

  • Graduates from an NDA Foundation Degree in Interior Design or Retail Design or students with a similar qualification from a different university or college who would like the opportunity to further develop their interior design skills with a special focus on the design of retail space. By studying this Retail Design Top-up degree for one year you will achieve a full BA (Hons) in Retail Design.
  • If you are already working as an interior designer and would like to expand the range of skills you can offer to include the design of retail spaces, a CV and examples from your portfolio can offer you direct access onto this BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree.

How will I study?

The BA (Hons) Top-Up in Retail Design is the equivalent to the final year at university and it takes most students around 12 months to complete, but this is flexible.

This Top-Up Degree is studied part-time, flexibly online using our bespoke Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) and is available 24/7 wherever you may live in the world. The course material is accessed through the VLS and you work step by step through each module of your course. You have your own Personal Tutor who you can contact as often as you wish. The NDA Online Community is always busy and you can meet and make friends with other NDA students from around the world, share design ideas and join in with the lively discussions. NDA Courses are tailored to your lifestyle and designed to fit-in around your work and your home life. NDA students do not have to take examinations; your portfolio is assessed by your Tutor.

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Not only will you graduate with a full BA (Hons) Degree you will have also gained the specialist skills demanded by the top retail design practices in this exciting global market.


You can form your own interior design practice as specialist interior designer or work on a freelance basis as a retail or exhibition design expert.

Further Education

The final progression from your Bachelor’s Degree with Honours is on to a Master's Degree in Interior Design (MA).

Once you have achieved a Master’s Degree you can utilise your specialist skills at a senior or Management level within a Design Practice or Architectural Practice.

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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