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.

If you are unsure about entry requirements, please contact us at

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.


BA (Hons) Retail Design Top-Up awarded by our academic partner, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)*.


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.

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)
BA (Hons) Retail Design Top-Up awarded by our academic partner, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

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