Online (via Zoom)
Fast-Track Diploma

Professional
Interior Design

Online (via Zoom)
Fast-Track Diploma

Professional
Interior Design

As a not-for-profit foundation, we are so confident in the price of our Diploma’s that if you can find the same level of education for less, we will match it!

Entry Requirements

No previous qualifications required, just an interest & enthusiasm for interior design

Course Duration

14 weeks of home study
including 20 x bi-weekly
online sessions (via Zoom)

Next Course Date

6th October - 30th January
2pm - 4.30pm UK Time
Monday & Thursday

Assessment

No exams!
Tutor assessment only

Course Summary

With twice weekly live Zoom classes, the Online Fast-Tracked Diploma combines the intensive pace of the ‘In-Studio Fast-Track’ Diploma and the convenience of the ‘Online Flexible’ Diploma. This 14 week course is ideal for those students wanting to study from home and speed up their learning in a live environment. 

The Level 3 Diploma in Professional Interior Design provides you with the skills and qualification to work professionally as an interior designer… without having to go back to school full-time allowing you to balance the demands of work and family life.

The skills you’ll learn can help you carry out design projects for yourself or for family and friends, prepare you for work as a designer, or enable you to pursue further studies in the subject.

This course is Ofqual Level 3 accredited and globally recognised, meaning you can work legally as an interior designer or gain enough educational credits to study a Bachelors Degree if you so choose.

We have over 30 years of experience in teaching interior design and over 35,000 alumni, this course is a trusted way to help you pursue your passion and kick-start your career as an interior designer

Why Learn Online?

For students who want all the benefits of remote online learning, but are also looking for more structure and live interaction with tutors and peers, the ‘Online Fast-Track’ course offers an ideal mix.

Because the course is delivered fully online, it means students can study from anywhere in the world without the need to travel or commute and attend a full-time course. But it also adds the valuable element of live lectures online with tutors and other students, to cover key content and enable discussions.

What Will I Study?

You will study eight dedicated Units during this Professional Diploma

Interior Design & the Role of the Designer

This unit introduces you to the fundamental elements and principles that are common within a successful design scheme and how they are adopted by Professional Interior Designers today. You’ll learn how and why interior design has changed over time and to identify key interior design trends. What you learn in this unit will provide an essential foundation to underpin your future designs. This unit also includes:-

  • The 7 design elements of good design
  • Interior Design history and contemporary practice
  • The role of an Interior Designer and different project types
  • Professional presentation boards
  • How to write a short design report

Using Colour in Interior Design

This unit will spark your creativity by giving you the opportunity to play with colour. You’ll explore practical colour theory to enable you to design both historical and contemporary colour schemes. This unit also includes:-

  • Basic colour principles and terminology
  • The impact of colour in a design scheme
  • The psychological importance of colour in an interior space
  • Historical and contemporary colour trends
  • Creating a successful interior design colour scheme

Exploring Surface Finishes in Interior Design

This unit covers the wide and exciting range of surface finishes now available to create fabulous interiors. You’ll explore the versatility and impact of materials for walls, floors and soft furnishings and how to use them to create an effective design scheme. This unit also includes:-

  • The characteristics and suitability of different materials
  • Sourcing and using materials to develop a design scheme
  • Practical skills to represent colour, pattern and texture
  • How to visually present your design ideas

Plans and Space Planning in a Professional Context

This unit shows you how to plan the space for a room design. From initial sketches to final layouts, you will visualise and present design solutions to meet a client brief. This unit also includes:-

  • Understanding the space and the client brief
  • Traffic flow and zoning of space
  • Developing floor plans
  • Creating elevations
  • Practical sketching and drawing techniques

Furniture & Accessories in Interior Design

This unit focusses on the limitless range of furniture and accessories available to the Interior Designer. You’ll learn to recognise key styles in furniture and accessory design and how to select and source appropriate furniture and accessories to meet a client brief. This unit also includes:-

  • Understanding of different furniture and accessory styles, historical and contemporary
  • Influential practitioners and design movements
  • The characteristics and suitability of furniture and accessories
  • Choosing and sourcing items
  • Producing furniture layouts

Creative Lighting in Interior Design

This unit explores the potential of creative lighting in interiors and develops your knowledge of lighting design, including traditional and contemporary products. You’ll learn how to choose lighting for your schemes and how to deal with suppliers. This unit also includes:-

  • Understanding different lighting products and lamps
  • Task, ambient and decorative lighting
  • Lighting levels for room design
  • Cool and warm lighting
  • Creating a lighting scheme for a furniture layout
  • Applying symbols appropriate to industry lighting plans
  • Developing a lighting plan to meet a client brief

Professional Practice in Interior Design

This unit explores the diverse possibilities for a career in the Interior design industry and helps prepare you to work successfully in the professional environment, whether this be in an established practice or setting up an interior design business. With a focus on your personal and professional development, you will consider the steps you should take to achieve your own progression ambitions. This unit also includes:-

  • Being employed, self-employed and setting up an interior design service
  • Portfolio development
  • Working with others in a professional environment
  • Effective marketing and promotion
  • How to charge for your design service
  • Studying for a degree

Professional Interior Design Project

For this final unit of the course, you bring together all your newly learned skill by producing conceptual designs to create a wonderful interior design scheme for a new client. When complete, your work will form an asset to your developing portfolio to show future clients. This unit also includes:-

  • Developing a design concept
  • Creating a colour scheme
  • Selecting surface finishes
  • Space planning, including furniture and accessory arrangements
  • Creating a lighting plan
  • Professional presentation techniques

Interior Design & the Role of the Designer

This unit introduces you to the fundamental elements and principles that are common within a successful design scheme and how they are adopted by Professional Interior Designers today. You’ll learn how and why interior design has changed over time and to identify key interior design trends. What you learn in this unit will provide an essential foundation to underpin your future designs. This unit also includes:-

  • The 7 design elements of good design
  • Interior Design history and contemporary practice
  • The role of an Interior Designer and different project types
  • Professional presentation boards
  • How to write a short design report

Using Colour in Interior Design

This unit will spark your creativity by giving you the opportunity to play with colour. You’ll explore practical colour theory to enable you to design both historical and contemporary colour schemes. This unit also includes:-

  • Basic colour principles and terminology
  • The impact of colour in a design scheme
  • The psychological importance of colour in an interior space
  • Historical and contemporary colour trends
  • Creating a successful interior design colour scheme

Exploring Surface Finishes in Interior Design

This unit covers the wide and exciting range of surface finishes now available to create fabulous interiors. You’ll explore the versatility and impact of materials for walls, floors and soft furnishings and how to use them to create an effective design scheme. This unit also includes:-

  • The characteristics and suitability of different materials
  • Sourcing and using materials to develop a design scheme
  • Practical skills to represent colour, pattern and texture
  • How to visually present your design ideas

Plans and Space Planning in a Professional Context

This unit shows you how to plan the space for a room design. From initial sketches to final layouts, you will visualise and present design solutions to meet a client brief. This unit also includes:-

  • Understanding the space and the client brief
  • Traffic flow and zoning of space
  • Developing floor plans
  • Creating elevations
  • Practical sketching and drawing techniques

Furniture & Accessories in Interior Design

This unit focusses on the limitless range of furniture and accessories available to the Interior Designer. You’ll learn to recognise key styles in furniture and accessory design and how to select and source appropriate furniture and accessories to meet a client brief. This unit also includes:-

  • Understanding of different furniture and accessory styles, historical and contemporary
  • Influential practitioners and design movements
  • The characteristics and suitability of furniture and accessories
  • Choosing and sourcing items
  • Producing furniture layouts

Creative Lighting in Interior Design

This unit explores the potential of creative lighting in interiors and develops your knowledge of lighting design, including traditional and contemporary products. You’ll learn how to choose lighting for your schemes and how to deal with suppliers. This unit also includes:-

  • Understanding different lighting products and lamps
  • Task, ambient and decorative lighting
  • Lighting levels for room design
  • Cool and warm lighting
  • Creating a lighting scheme for a furniture layout
  • Applying symbols appropriate to industry lighting plans
  • Developing a lighting plan to meet a client brief

Professional Practice in Interior Design

This unit explores the diverse possibilities for a career in the Interior design industry and helps prepare you to work successfully in the professional environment, whether this be in an established practice or setting up an interior design business. With a focus on your personal and professional development, you will consider the steps you should take to achieve your own progression ambitions. This unit also includes:-

  • Being employed, self-employed and setting up an interior design service
  • Portfolio development
  • Working with others in a professional environment
  • Effective marketing and promotion
  • How to charge for your design service
  • Studying for a degree

Professional Interior Design Project

For this final unit of the course, you bring together all your newly learned skill by producing conceptual designs to create a wonderful interior design scheme for a new client. When complete, your work will form an asset to your developing portfolio to show future clients. This unit also includes:-

  • Developing a design concept
  • Creating a colour scheme
  • Selecting surface finishes
  • Space planning, including furniture and accessory arrangements
  • Creating a lighting plan
  • Professional presentation techniques

Student Gallery

A sample of work completed by our talented interior design students

How Is The Course Run?

The 14 week course consists of a 8-week study period that covers each of the 8 subject units in the Diploma course, one unit per week. Also upto 4 ‘Independent Study’ weeks within the duration to allow students to complete assignments.

Study Week Course Schedule

Please Note: This is an intensive, fast-track course. If you are unable to commit to the course schedule, other study options are available.

Available Course Dates

International students (non-UK) – Please check the timings of each course in your country, using our handy Timezone Converter below. All courses are listed in UK (London) Timezone.

  • 6th October - 30th January
    2pm - 4.30pm UK Time
    Monday & Thursday
Afternoon
  • 27th October - 20th February
    6pm - 8.30pm UK Time
    Monday & Thursday
Evening
  • 4th November - 28th February
    10am - 12.30pm UK Time
    Tuesday & Friday
Morning
  • 24th November - 21st March
    4pm - 6.30pm UK Time
    Tuesday & Thursday
Afternoon
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A Recognised Qualification

Accreditation

At the National Design Academy, we fully believe in the importance of accreditation. After all, what value is there in investing time and money into a course if it doesn’t offer a recognized qualification? The Diploma course is accredited by AIM Qualifications, an independent accrediting body for UK courses, and is recognised globally. It offers a level-3 UK qualification that allows to you work as a professional interior designer or start your own design business.

UK residents pay approximately 50% course fees and funding from the UK government will pay the rest.
No upfront course fees to find. If you are aged 19+ and have lived in England for 3+ years you are eligible.

Online Fast-Track Diploma Course Fees

UK Students

Non-Funded
Course Fee £1,800
Less
UK Government Funding
NDA Funded Course Fee £1,200

There are three ways for UK students to pay for their Online Fast-Track Diploma:

One Payment

£ 1,200 On Enrolment
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3 x Monthly Payments

£ 450 Per Month*
  • £1,350 in total

UK Student Loan

COVERS FULL COURSE FEE
£ 50 ADMIN FEE
  • refunded on completion
* Monthly payments include admin fee.

International Students

There are two ways for International students to pay for their Online Fast-Track Diploma:

One Payment

$ 2,425 ON ENROLMENT
  • Save $250 by paying in full
  • Limited spaces available!!

3 x Monthly Payments

$ 2,675 IN TOTAL*
  • $1,125 on enrolment
  • + 2 x $775 monthly payments

* Monthly payments include admin fee.

All International fees in US Dollars.

What Will I Need To Study?

Alongside a computer and an internet connection, there is also essential and recommended design equipment and resources required to complete your NDA Course, the majority are available through the online NDA Art Shop at student prices!

What's Next?

Higher Education
You can choose to continue your studies and enrol onto our Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design (BA Hons) this is studied online in the same way as your Diploma. As a Diploma graduate, you are also automatically eligible to join this course. The Bachelor’s Degree equips you with a higher skill level and a more in-depth understanding of the interior design industry, while adding an impressive qualification to your CV.
Careers

The Diploma course provides you with the practical skills needed to start working as a designer. With a professional qualification in hand, you can look for internship or employment opportunities to launch your design career and build industry experience.

Alternatively, you can look at starting your own interior design business and building your own client base.

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Course Schedule

  • Induction Session (1 hr)

    Thursday 6th October @ 2pm

  • Unit 1 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 10th October @ 2pm

  • Unit 1 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 13th October @ 2pm

  • Independent Study (1 week)

    W/C Monday 17th October

  • Unit 2 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 24th October @ 2pm

  • Unit 2 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 27th October @ 2pm

  • Unit 3 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 31st October @ 2pm

  • Unit 3 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 3rd November @ 2pm

  • Unit 4 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 7th November @ 2pm

  • Unit 4 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 10th November @ 2pm

  • Unit 5 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 14th November @ 2pm

  • Unit 5 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 17th November @ 2pm

  • Independent Study (1 week)

    W/C Monday 21st November

  • Unit 6 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 28th November @ 2pm

  • Unit 6 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 1st December @ 2pm

  • Unit 7 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 5th December @ 2pm

  • Unit 7 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 8th December @ 2pm

  • Unit 8 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 12th December @ 2pm

  • Unit 8 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 15th December @ 2pm

  • Christmas Break (2 weeks)

    19th December - 1st January

  • Independent Study (1 week)

    W/C Monday 2nd January

  • Q&A Session (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 9th January @ 2pm

  • Q&A Session (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 12th January @ 2pm

  • Q&A Session (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 16th January @ 2pm

  • Q&A Session (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 19th January @ 2pm

  • Independent Study (1 week)

    W/C Monday 23rd January

  • Completion Date (Hand-in)

    Monday 30th January

Course Schedule

  • Induction Session (1 hr)

    Thursday 27th October @ 6pm

  • Unit 1 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 31st October @ 6pm

  • Unit 1 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 3rd November @ 6pm

  • Independent Study (1 week)

    W/C Monday 7th November

  • Unit 2 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 14th November @ 6pm

  • Unit 2 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 17th November @ 6pm

  • Unit 3 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 21st November @ 6pm

  • Unit 3 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 24th November @ 6pm

  • Unit 4 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 28th November @ 6pm

  • Unit 4 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 1st December @ 6pm

  • Unit 5 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 5th December @ 6pm

  • Unit 5 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 8th December @ 6pm

  • Independent Study (1 week)

    W/C Monday 12th December

  • Christmas Break (2 weeks)

    19th December - 1st January

  • Independent Study (1 week)

    W/C Monday 2nd January

  • Unit 6 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 9th January @ 6pm

  • Unit 6 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 12th January @ 6pm

  • Unit 7 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 16th January @ 6pm

  • Unit 7 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 19th January @ 6pm

  • Unit 8 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 23rd January @ 6pm

  • Unit 8 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 26th January @ 6pm

  • Independent Study (1 week)

    W/C Monday 30th January

  • Q&A Session (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 6th February @ 6pm

  • Q&A Session (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 9th February @ 6pm

  • Q&A Session (2.5 hrs)

    Monday 13th February @ 6pm

  • Q&A Session (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 16th February @ 6pm

  • Completion Date (Hand-in)

    Monday 20th February

Course Schedule

  • Induction Session (1 hr)

    Friday 4th November @ 10am

  • Unit 1 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 8th November @ 10am

  • Unit 1 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Friday 11th November @ 10am

  • Independent Study (1 week)

    W/C Monday 14th November

  • Unit 2 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 22nd November @ 10am

  • Unit 2 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Friday 25th November @ 10am

  • Unit 3 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 29th November @ 10am

  • Unit 3 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Friday 2nd December @ 10am

  • Unit 4 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 6th December @ 10am

  • Unit 4 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Friday 9th December @ 10am

  • Unit 5 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 13th December @ 10am

  • Unit 5 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Friday 16th December @ 10am

  • Christmas Break (2 weeks)

    19th December - 1st January

  • Independent Study (1 week)

    W/C Monday 2nd January

  • Unit 6 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 10th January @ 10am

  • Unit 6 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Friday 13th January @ 10am

  • Unit 7 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 17th January @ 10am

  • Unit 7 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Friday 20th January @ 10am

  • Unit 8 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 24th January @ 10am

  • Unit 8 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Friday 27th January @ 10am

  • Independent Study (1 week)

    W/C Monday 30th January

  • Q&A Session (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 7th February @ 10am

  • Q&A Session (2.5 hrs)

    Friday 10th February @ 10am

  • Q&A Session (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 14th February @ 10am

  • Q&A Session (2.5 hrs)

    Friday 17th February @ 10am

  • Independent Study (1 week)

    W/C Monday 20th February

  • Completion Date (Hand-in)

    Tuesday 28th February @ 10am

Course Schedule

  • Induction Session (1 hr)

    Thursday 24th November @ 4pm

  • Unit 1 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 29th November @ 4pm

  • Unit 1 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 1st December @ 4pm

  • Independent Study (1 week)

    W/C Monday 5th December

  • Unit 2 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 13th December @ 4pm

  • Unit 2 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 15th December @ 4pm

  • Christmas Break (2 weeks)

    19th December - 1st January

  • Independent Study (1 week)

    W/C Monday 2nd January

  • Unit 3 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 10th January @ 4pm

  • Unit 3 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 12th January @ 4pm

  • Unit 4 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 17th January @ 4pm

  • Unit 4 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 19th January @ 4pm

  • Unit 5 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 24th January @ 4pm

  • Unit 5 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 26th January @ 4pm

  • Independent Study (1 week)

    W/C Monday 30th January

  • Unit 6 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 7th February @ 4pm

  • Unit 6 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 9th February @ 4pm

  • Unit 7 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 14th February @ 4pm

  • Unit 7 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 16th February @ 4pm

  • Unit 8 - Live Lecture (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 21st February @ 4pm

  • Unit 8 - Q&A (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 23rd February @ 4pm

  • Independent Study (1 week)

    W/C Monday 27th February

  • Q&A Session (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 7th March @ 4pm

  • Q&A Session (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 9th March @ 4pm

  • Q&A Session (2.5 hrs)

    Tuesday 14th March @ 4pm

  • Q&A Session (2.5 hrs)

    Thursday 16th March @ 4pm

  • Completion Date (Hand-in)

    Tuesday 21st March

Study Now, Pay Later!

Limited Funding Available – Enrol Now & Don’t Miss Out! 

NDA Professional Interior Design Diploma Courses are eligible for UK Student Loans because they are fully accredited. They are called Advanced Learner Loans (ALL) and if you will be aged 19+ when you start your course, you will be eligible. The loan will cover the entire cost of your non-funded course fee—with no tuition fees to find.