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.
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 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.
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?
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. Retail Space in a Wider Context
Within this Module, you will consider specific factors which influence the design of those retail environments which are, in turn, located within other environments. Such locations may include; hotel lobbies, museums and art galleries, exhibition venues and visitor centres, railway station concourses, airport lounges and concourses. Designing retail environments for these locations carry their own particular criteria and challenges. the most significant of these challenges is designing a retail space which retains its own identity whilst simultaneously enhancing the values of the host brand and all relevant factors will be looked at in detail within the Module.
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?