Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings Diploma | National Design Academy

Diploma in Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings

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Professional curtain making has become increasingly popular over the past few years, consequently the National Design Academy offers students the chance to build upon their existing design skills whilst improving their knowledge of the subject, and of course, develop their passion for all things related to the world of soft furnishings.

About the course

The Diploma in Skills for Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings is the ideal course for students who wish to tackle individual projects or alternatively those choosing to add a professional accolade to aid their career in the curtain making and soft furnishings industry.

The core elements covered in this course range from measuring & design of window treatments to construction techniques, right through to business advice for starting your own company. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, qualification and confidence that they require to start up their own practice, or alternatively, offer them a pathway to further study.

Who should do this course?

  • Would you like to make your own soft furnishings for your home?
  • Have you already made curtains successfully for your own home and for family and friends?
  • Do they often suggest that you start your own business?
  • Would you like to start your own business but you need a professional qualification?
  • Would your existing business benefit from more professional techniques and know how?
  • 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!

What you will need to study this course from home:

  • Access to a computer and a sewing machine
  • Fabric (Please request a Fabric list by emailing )
  • 3 Metres Buckram
  • A3 size piece of Hessian
  • 1 x Curtain Pelmet and Return
  • 2 x Brass Rings
  • 8 x Plastic Buttons
  • 16 x Plastic Rings
  • 4 x Lead Weight
  • ¾ Metre Zipping
  • 2 x Slider
  • ½ Metre adhesive loop velcro
  • 3 Metres sew on loop velcro
  • 10cm sew on hook velcro
  • 2 Metres Header tape
  • 1 x Button Maker
  • 4 Metres Piping cord
  • Scissors
  • Cutting Grid (this is optional)
  • Cutting Mat (this is optional)
  • Cushion stencil (this is optional)




Everyone is different. If you can study for 10-12 hours per week you can complete the course in 10 months. If you have more time to spare then you can complete your Diploma more quickly. Most students complete the course in 6-12 months. Students are expected to complete the course within 12 months.   

Please Note: If you opt for Home Study you will not be required to attend the Academy at any point throughtout the course.


If you prefer to study in a classroom based environment then the in - studio course could be for you, you will be required to attend the Academy in Nottingham for 2 weeks. Most students complete the course within 3 months.Students are expected to complete the course within 12 months. 

Week 1
In Studio (see dates below)
Weeks 2, 3, 4 & 5
At home
Week 6
In Studio (see dates below)

See dates below - please check the dates for the 2nd Studio week carefully as these may not be exactly 6 weeks after the 1st Studio week due to other Workshops and timetables. 

Week 1 Week 2
13 - 17 February 2017  27 - 31 March 2017                                                                   
19- 23 June 2017  31 - 4 August 2017
25 - 29 September 2017 6- 10 November 2017

Please Note:Please ensure you are able to attend the two weeks as above as these are fixed dates and are not changeable, if for any reason you are unable to attend the second week, you would then be required to switch to Online Study. 

Employability & progression

Further education

On successful completion of the Diploma in Skills for Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings, many students opt to further develop their academic knowledge of the design market. Different academic progression options include enrolling on an alternative diploma level course such as the Diploma in Interior Design or the Diploma in Garden Design, thus widening their depth of knowledge in the design world. Alternatively, many students choose to complete a short conversion course of 2 additional modules after the diploma, which allows them a pathway on to the FdA Interior Design or BA (Hons) Interior Design courses.


Once you have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings, you are guaranteed a route to our Foundation Degree (FdA) in Interior Design, or other Foundation Degree** validated and awarded by our partner, Staffordshire University.

This is delivered online by our Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) where you can access the course which contains thousands of links to interior design information, meet new friends and keep in touch through the Student Forum. You'll also receive regular updates on the latest trends and exhibitions.

Alternatively, you can become a freelance Interior Design Consultant or work in a related industry such as kitchen design, soft furnishings or design retailer.

** Soft Furnishings students may need to study 2 additional online units covering the extra drawing skills required for the Foundation Degree (FdA). Please contact us for more details or ask your Tutor during your course.

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