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Diploma in Professional Interior Design

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The Diploma in Professional Interior Design is the perfect course for you; if you are interested in pursuing a career in Interior Design, progressing onto a degree or would just like to learn more about the skills, processes and creativity involved to design your own project.

Who should do this course?

Have you always loved Interior Design? Do you avidly read all the interior design magazines? Are you always changing your colour schemes and moving furniture? Do family & friends say you should start your own interior design business?

If your answer is yes... then the National Design Academy has just the course for you!

The NDA Accredited Diploma in Professional Interior Design will help you to start that business you have always promised yourself, and even gain you a place on one of our degree courses if you decide you would like to study further. You don’t need any previous qualifications – just enthusiasm for design.

About the Course

This Diploma in Professional Interior Design is a great introduction to interior design. This accredited Interior Design Course will provide you with a wide and detailed knowledge of the inspiring world of interiors. From the History of Interior Design to choosing the colours for a contemporary scheme, the Diploma course covers it all. The Diploma in Professional Interior Design will provide you with the skills you need to design your own project or help family and friends with theirs, to start your own business or enter a new career and, it will even give you the confidence to move on to study a degree!

No qualifications are required to study this diploma course, so - if you already hold a Level 3 or A Level equivalent qualification in an Art and Design based subject, you can enrol straight onto one of our degree courses.

One Interior Design Diploma – Two Ways to Study

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, there are no set timetables. The Diploma is designed to let you study around your family, work or other commitments and to suit your lifestyle. Most students complete the course comfortably within 6 to 9 months but you can take up to 12 months or you can complete even sooner if you have more time. Dates are flexible and can be extended to suit you. All assignments consist of design projects, and will be assessed by your Personal Tutor – you will not have to take an examination.

National Design Academy has been delivering design qualifications for almost 30 years so we know a thing or two about online and distance learning. We have designed our online courses to be flexible and very user-friendly.

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Study In-Studio

If you prefer to study in a classroom based environment then the in-studio blended course could be for you. It is particularly useful if you are looking to fast-track your qualification, either for a new career or if you would like to study for a degree. You study your first and last week in-studio, with approximately 6 weeks in between to complete about 30 hours of design projects at home, with full online access to your course and your Personal Tutor.

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

Studio 1st Week Studio 2nd Week
16 - 20 January 2017 27 February - 3 March 2017
3 -7 April 2017 15 - 19 May 2017
5 - 9 June 2017 17 - 21 July 2017

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After your Diploma course – what next?

The Level 3 Diploma in Professional Interior Design is also our "Access to Higher Education" qualification, which means that successful Diploma students will be offered a guaranteed place on one of our online degrees. Degrees are awarded by our Academic Partners Staffordshire University, and they are studied online in the same way as your Diploma.

What Will I Study?

This unit defines interior design and explains how interior design has changed throughout time. Most designs have their origins in history and the unit looks at selected historical periods and considers the impact of that period on present day designs. This is particularly useful for those working on older properties who would like to retain some of the features or decorate in a particular historical style.

Within this unit the work of leading designers who are working within interior design will be explored. You will find out what inspires designers, where their concepts and ideas come from and how those ideas are developed by the designer into interior schemes. You will also look at how interior design may be loosely grouped into styles; a particular interest in a certain style of design such as International, Country, or Contemporary, may inspire an entire career. You will be introduced to the practicalities of running an interior design project and the responsibilities of being an interior designer. There are many interesting facets to an interior designers work which you will investigate during the unit including; the scale of projects you may undertake, tradesmen whose work you will co-ordinate and commission, the factors involved in selecting good products and managing the stages of design projects from initial contact through to project scheduling.

Colour is an essential element of interior design. It is impossible to imagine a world without colour; it defines the way we see space, it gives shape to objects, it changes the appearance of walls or ceilings and it is present in absolutely every aspect of an interior. This unit investigates colour in all its forms; from the colour wheel and colour spectrum to the use of colour in interior design. The unit develops your understanding of colour which, in turn, provides you with essential knowledge about using colour in interior design.

 Drawing, whether by hand or computer, is the way that information about an interior design scheme is communicated from the first proposal stage to the final technical drawing presented to a contractor. Plans and elevations are essential to that process and there are generally agreed principles for producing design drawings. These are called ‘drawing convention’ and are the recognised principles upon which a technical drawing should be based. This unit guides you through the process of producing a set of drawings including plans and elevations, symbols, title block and other information which may be required during the course of an interior design commission.

Space planning is another essential interior design skill which contributes to the design of good functional and practical interior design. It is during the space planning stage of a project that the movement of people through an interior is taken into consideration. Space planning skills are especially important when commercial interiors such as retail or offices are involved but are just as valuable when planning a domestic kitchen or open-plan living area and absolutely essential when designing for smaller residential spaces such as apartments. Good space planning skills will make the movement through an interior safer, more efficient and more enjoyable.

The impact that wall and floor coverings have on an interior cannot be underestimated; the combination of these elements set the scene of the entire interior design scheme. Both light and sound is reflected or absorbed by these elements and furniture sits within them and is framed by them. This unit looks in detail at the choices, use and sources of wall and floor coverings, providing inspiration for a broad range of design approaches from traditional to thoroughly contemporary..

In this unit you will be able to recognise the suitability of fabrics for specific locations and functions and understand the legal requirements and commercial importance relating to fire retardant fabrics. You will understand how soft furnishings can change perceptions of height, width and light within a room and be able to select suitable fittings based on the style of headings, length and weight of fabric. Designers also need to know how to measure and estimate fabric requirements as they may be responsible for ordering fabric for a curtain maker.

Furniture is an essential component of a designed interior and can establish the mood of a scheme more than any other element. From the earliest antiques to the most contemporary prototypes, this unit looks at the development, designers, manufacturers, auction houses and suppliers of furniture from all over the world. From classical to contemporary, furniture has the power to make or break a design. You will also look at those designers, manufacturers and suppliers whose work influences the way we live today.

Lighting is one of the most complex and important, design elements to understand. Creating an effective lighting scheme is as important a design decision as choice of colour, furniture and spatial layout; this unit will show you how to use light effectively within your designs.
A large part of lighting design involves developing an understanding of the balance between light and shadow which is essential for creating interesting interiors. When used appropriately, lighting enhances an interior in a way that no other medium can match. The unit shows you how a lighting scheme should be developed alongside and be integral to an interior design scheme.

Within this final unit, an understanding of the importance of structuring a business will begin to be developed. Whether working within the creative industries or starting your own interior design studio, the importance of understanding good business practice cannot be overstated.
It is possible to be a very creative and inspirational designer but this, on its own, does not mean that an interior design business will be successful. There are a great many skills associated with running an interior design business and this unit will guide you through the stages of establishing good business practice.

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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