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.
You can enrol at anytime – choose your own start date! No Terms or Semesters – study when convenient for you
Students should hold ONE of the following to top-up to a full BA (Hons) degree:
- Foundation Degree in Interior Design, or equivalent design subject
- BTEC, HND or international two year design based degree or equivalent
- Age 21+ extensive portfolio of Interior Design experience
The courses are taught in English, so international students will require a good standard of written English to study for a Degree. IELTS average 6.5 or TOEFL score of 550 is usually required, however all applicants are considered on an individual basis.
If you do not have the required qualifications to study a degree you can study an NDA Diploma either online or in-studio, for a place on a degree afterwards. Please request a Diploma Prospectus for more information about NDA Diploma courses.
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12 months – flexible study
You will not have to take an exam! Your tutor will assess your assignments as you submit them throughout the course and your portfolio is moderated by a De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) External Examiner.
Each Module is self-contained, and has its own assessment, it has distinctive educational objectives and clearly defined content.
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 De Montfort University Leicester (DMU). 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.
BA (Hons) Retail Design Top-Up awarded by our academic partner, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).
– 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.
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.
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.
Self paying students can pay in full on enrolment or spread the cost over 10 monthly payments (Monthly payments include admin fee).
What will I study?
It is at this stage of the course that you will truly get to choose the direction of the work you produce, starting with the research of a topic close to your heart. If there is an area of design that you are passionate about, then this is an exciting opportunity to incorporate this into your degree. Within this module you will write a dissertation, with the support and guidance of your tutor, who by now will have a great understanding of you and how you study. This dissertation will then feed into your final module; the independent study.
Building on the topic you have developed in the Research Study module , with the support of your tutor, you will be given double the amount of time of the previous modules, to focus on your chosen design based project. This will be the culmination of three years of hard work and will bring together all the skills you have learnt along the way. This module will provide you with visuals, presentation boards, development sketches and technical drawings to add to your portfolio.