Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings Diploma | National Design Academy

Diploma in Professional Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings

The Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings will be the perfect choice if would like to start your own business offering exclusive hand finished curtains or if you would like to know more about the construction methods required to tackle your own project and help family and friends with theirs. You can also progress onto a degree in Interior Design with NDA and expand the range of design skills you can offer, if you study one unit of Technical Drawing.

About This Diploma Course

The accredited Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings is the ideal course if you want to design your own projects, help your friends and family with theirs or if you would like to set up your own soft furnishings workroom. If you already have a curtain making business but don’t have a qualification or the advanced skills required to design and make beautiful hand finished curtains, then you can enhance your business by studying this Diploma course, flexibly around your existing business. The Diploma is accredited by AIM Awards.

This comprehensive Diploma course covers everything you need to know from how to design and measure beautiful window treatments, all the professional construction techniques, right through to business advice for starting your own business and workroom. This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and confidence you will require to undertake your own projects, start or enhance a business or alternatively, it will offer you a guaranteed progression route to further study, and a career as an interior designer.

It is really important that your Curtain Making Diploma is fully accredited if you hope to start your own business, a new career or to progress onto a Degree. Accreditation is your only guarantee that our quality and teaching standards are inspected and regulated. NDA offers the ONLY online Professional Curtain Making Diploma course accredited in the UK.

To be fully accredited a Diploma course must have an OFQUAL number. So you can check it on the OFQUAL register. If the course does not have this number - then it CANNOT be accredited and will not count. Your studies should always be rewarded with a qualification that will help you to progress and achieve your future goals.

You can find OFQUAL details here: 600/3506/7

Who should do this course?

  • Would you like to make exclusive hand finished soft furnishings for your home?
  • Have you already made your own simple curtains successfully?
  • Do friends and family tell you that you should start a curtain making business?
  • Would you like to start a business but need a professional qualification?
  • Would your existing business benefit from more professional techniques, and business advice?
  • Would you like to use this course as an entry onto the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Interior Design?

... then this is the course for you!

One Curtain Making Diploma – Two Ways to Study

Study Online

The National Design Academy has been delivering Soft Furnishings qualifications for almost 30 years. This practical Diploma course is designed to be studied flexibly, online from anywhere in the world and is very user-friendly. You can study with your Personal Tutor around your other commitments, which is really important if you have a job or a family. All students are different and they will all study at a different pace. Most Diploma students complete their course in approximately 6-9 months. Others with more time to spare complete more quickly, while some will take longer and may require the maximum period of 12 months to complete the course. If you need more time you can simply extend any assignment hand in date and should you be faced with extenuating circumstances it is possible for us to extend the end date of your course on your behalf for a small fee. Always speak to your Personal Tutor.

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Study In-Studio

If you prefer to study in a classroom with lots of personal attention from your Tutor then the in-studio course could be for you. It may suit your needs if you wish to fast-track your qualification to start your new business or if you wish to study a second Diploma or study for a degree. You will study at the NDA Studios in Nottingham for 2 separate weeks, one at the beginning of your course and one at the end, with approximately 4-6 weeks in between to spend working on a short project and improving your construction techniques. (Approximately 20 hours over the 4-6 weeks)

Week 1:Attend In-Studio at the NDA studios in Nottingham, UK

Weeks 2 - 6:Work on design projects at home (approximately 30 hours)

Week 7:Return to the NDA Studios in Nottingham, UK

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What next after your Diploma Course?

Further Education

Once you have successfully completed the NDA Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings, you may opt to further develop your academic knowledge and study the exciting world of Interior Design. Different options include studying the Diploma in Professional Interior Design or progressing onto the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Interior Design, after studying one Technical Drawing Unit. Successful Diploma students will receive a generous Progression Scholarship to study the Foundation Degree.


The Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings is designed to help you start your own Soft Furnishings Workshop. The course includes professional advice on how to set up a business, marketing tips, quoting and charging for your services and all the equipment you will need for a professional workroom. Like the Diploma course itself, you can work flexibly for your clients around your family commitments and gradually expand your business. You could also study the Professional Interior Design Diploma to offer additional design services to your clients.

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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