Diploma courses

Diploma Courses

National Design Academy Diploma courses provide the perfect introduction to the world of design and you don’t need previous qualifications to study. The Diploma Courses target three very specific subjects, Interior Design, Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings and Garden Design. All Diplomas can be studied flexibly online, around your work or family commitments. Alternatively, the Interior Design Diploma and the Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings Diploma can be studied as in-studio courses. After their Level 3 Diploma, successful students receive a guaranteed place on one of our degrees.


It is really important that your Diploma course is fully accredited if you hope to start your own business, a new career or to progress into Higher Education. Accreditation can only be issued by Independent Regulators appointed by the British Government. Ofqual are the independent regulators for England for Diploma qualifications. They regulate so that qualifications are sufficiently valued and trusted.

All National Design Academy Diploma courses are accredited by AIM Awards at Level 3 making them nationally & internationally recognised qualifications: OFQUAL Register of Regulated Qualifications (AIM)

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Study Online

All Diploma courses can be studied flexibly through online distance learning, making the courses accessible to everyone throughout the world. Choose your own start date and decide when and where you study – they are designed to suit you and your lifestyle. Depending upon their circumstances, most students complete their Diploma comfortably within 6-9 months, some can complete within 3-6 months whilst others may need the maximum of 12 months. Assignment Dates are flexible and can be extended if required. All assignments are design projects assessed by your Personal Tutor – you will not have to take an examination.

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Study In-Studio

The Interior Design Diploma and the Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings Diploma are both offered as blended in-studio courses, which include two weeks at our studios in Nottingham UK; this is an ideal way to fast-track your Diploma qualification for a place on one of our Degrees.

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After your Diploma, if you would like to progress onto a Degree the NDA Diploma Courses provide "Access to Higher Education". Successful Level 3 Diploma students can be guaranteed a place on one of our degrees, such as the Foundation Degree in Interior Design or the BA (Hons) Interior Design courses. Graduates from a BA (Hons) can then progress onto the Master's Degree in Interior Design. Degrees are awarded by our Academic Partners Staffordshire University. Degrees are studied in the same way as your Diploma, flexibly via online, distance learning.

NDA offers Diploma students an unrivaled progression route. You can start your Diploma without any qualifications, and finish with a Master's Degree in Interior Design! All studied flexibly, by online distance learning.

Fees & Scholarships

The National Design Academy is proud to be a Non-Profit Organisation. That means we are able to offer the lowest tuition fees and award generous Progression Scholarships to every student.

For UK students, part-funding or Student Loans are available. See UK Diploma Course Fees.

When you successfully complete your Level 3 Diploma you will be offered a guaranteed place on one of our degree courses with a generous Progression Scholarship to reduce tuition fees.

Diploma student case studies

Ksenia Abakumova

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After researching various education options online I found the course that completely suited my lifestyle. I obviously chose the National Design Academy!

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Penny Bruce

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Read how former student Penny Bruce successfully completed the NDA Diploma in Curtain Making and Soft furnishings and has since gone on to start her own extremely successful curtain making business.

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An excellent course and content which I have learnt many new skills. All the Tutors are brilliant in their area of expertise and very patient when being bombarded with questions.

Diploma in Interior Design