Online
Fast-Track Diploma

Professional
Interior Design

Online
Fast-Track Diploma

Professional
Interior Design

Entry Requirements

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

Course Duration

12 weeks of home study
& weekly online lectures
(Via Zoom)

Next Course Date

11th January - 18th March
6pm - 8.30pm 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 12-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 ten dedicated Units during this Professional Diploma

  • Unit 1
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 3
  • Unit 4
  • Unit 5
  • Unit 6
  • Unit 7
  • Unit 8
  • Unit 9
  • Unit 10

Interior Design In Context

This unit defines the term ‘Interior Design’ and the fundamental principles adopted by Professional Interior Designers today. What you learn in this unit will provide an essential foundation that will underpin your future designs. This unit also includes:-

  • The 7 design elements of good design
  • Professional presentation boards
  • How to write a short design report
  • The history of interior design
  • Identifying key designs from a historical period

Design Inspiration & Designers Role

This unit focuses on the role of the Interior Designer today and teaches you how to work with clients and the stages of developing design concepts. This unit also includes:

  • Understanding a design brief
  • Developing a concept
  • Communicate concepts through professional presentation boards
  • Keeping up with trends in interior design
  • The role and function of the interior designer

Colour for 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.

  • Create your own Colour wheel
  • Understanding Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colours
  • Exploring Tints, Tones and Shades
  • Presentation boards for historical and contemporary colour schemes
  • The psychological importance of colour in an interior space

Drawing Plans & Elevations

In this unit you will learn the key skills essential to any interior designer; how to draw plans and elevations. This can be achieved one step at a time and will provide you with all the skills you need to communicate your interior design schemes. This unit also includes:

  • How to draw using scale
  • Producing a floor plan
  • Producing a wall elevation drawing
  • Using industry recognised drawing conventions

Space Planning

This unit shows you how to plan the space for a room design. After a few initial sketches you will produce a furniture plan for a room to meet a client brief. This unit also includes:

  • Determining the function of a room
  • How to use development sketches – even if you can’t draw!
  • Producing room furniture layouts
  • Traffic flow for interior design
  • Producing a furniture plan to meet a client brief

Wall & Floor Finishes

This unit covers the wide and exciting range of wall and floor finishes now available to create beautiful interiors. Understand their properties and design a scheme to incorporate these finishes. This unit also includes:

  • Recognising the properties of Wall & Floor finishes
  • Designing a scheme to incorporate these finishes
  • Creating a presentation board and specifying appropriate samples
  • Explaining the use of responsible products within your scheme

Soft Furnishings

Soft Furnishings add the final touches to many interior design schemes. In this unit you will learn how to design soft furnishings schemes to complement your designs. This unit also includes:

  • Choosing suitable fabrics & linings for soft furnishings schemes
  • Calculating fabric quantities
  • Correct methods for fitting curtains
  • Designing a soft furnishings scheme for a client brief
  • Creating a rendered visual of your chosen design

Furniture Styles & Accessories

This unit will show you how to understand and source the limitless range of furniture and accessories available to the interior designer. Also, how to design a piece of bespoke furniture to meet a design brief. This unit also includes:

  • Understanding different furniture styles, historical & contemporary
  • Choosing & sourcing furniture
  • Designing bespoke furniture to meet a design brief
  • Understanding & dealing with suppliers
  • Creating an accessories board to meet the client brief

Creative Lighting

This unit will show you how to understand the huge range of lighting products and the manufacturers who produce them. How to choose lighting for your schemes and dealing with suppliers. This unit also includes:

  • Understanding different lighting products & manufacturers
  • Task, ambient and decorative lighting
  • Lighting levels for room designs
  • 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

This unit contains everything you need to know to help you set up your own interior design business. It also helps you identify other career opportunities within Interior Design, such as working within an established design practice or studying for a degree. This unit also includes:

  • How to set up an interior design business
  • How to charge for your design service
  • Different marketing methods
  • Sourcing suppliers and using trade accounts
  • Identifying other career opportunities within interior design
  • Working within a design practice
  • Studying for a degree

Interior Design In Context

This unit defines the term ‘Interior Design’ and the fundamental principles adopted by Professional Interior Designers today. What you learn in this unit will provide an essential foundation that will underpin your future designs. This unit also includes:-

  • The 7 design elements of good design
  • Professional presentation boards
  • How to write a short design report
  • The history of interior design
  • Identifying key designs from a historical period

Design Inspiration & Designers Role

This unit focuses on the role of the Interior Designer today and teaches you how to work with clients and the stages of developing design concepts. This unit also includes:

  • Understanding a design brief
  • Developing a concept
  • Communicate concepts through professional presentation boards
  • Keeping up with trends in interior design
  • The role and function of the interior designer

Colour for 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.

  • Create your own Colour wheel
  • Understanding Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colours
  • Exploring Tints, Tones and Shades
  • Presentation boards for historical and contemporary colour schemes
  • The psychological importance of colour in an interior space

Drawing Plans & Elevations

In this unit you will learn the key skills essential to any interior designer; how to draw plans and elevations. This can be achieved one step at a time and will provide you with all the skills you need to communicate your interior design schemes. This unit also includes:

  • How to draw using scale
  • Producing a floor plan
  • Producing a wall elevation drawing
  • Using industry recognised drawing conventions

Space Planning

This unit shows you how to plan the space for a room design. After a few initial sketches you will produce a furniture plan for a room to meet a client brief. This unit also includes:

  • Determining the function of a room
  • How to use development sketches – even if you can’t draw!
  • Producing room furniture layouts
  • Traffic flow for interior design
  • Producing a furniture plan to meet a client brief

Wall & Floor Finishes

This unit covers the wide and exciting range of wall and floor finishes now available to create beautiful interiors. Understand their properties and design a scheme to incorporate these finishes. This unit also includes:

  • Recognising the properties of Wall & Floor finishes
  • Designing a scheme to incorporate these finishes
  • Creating a presentation board and specifying appropriate samples
  • Explaining the use of responsible products within your scheme

Soft Furnishings

Soft Furnishings add the final touches to many interior design schemes. In this unit you will learn how to design soft furnishings schemes to complement your designs. This unit also includes:

  • Choosing suitable fabrics & linings for soft furnishings schemes
  • Calculating fabric quantities
  • Correct methods for fitting curtains
  • Designing a soft furnishings scheme for a client brief
  • Creating a rendered visual of your chosen design

Furniture Styles & Accessories

This unit will show you how to understand and source the limitless range of furniture and accessories available to the interior designer. Also, how to design a piece of bespoke furniture to meet a design brief. This unit also includes:

  • Understanding different furniture styles, historical & contemporary
  • Choosing & sourcing furniture
  • Designing bespoke furniture to meet a design brief
  • Understanding & dealing with suppliers
  • Creating an accessories board to meet the client brief

Creative Lighting

This unit will show you how to understand the huge range of lighting products and the manufacturers who produce them. How to choose lighting for your schemes and dealing with suppliers. This unit also includes:

  • Understanding different lighting products & manufacturers
  • Task, ambient and decorative lighting
  • Lighting levels for room designs
  • 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

This unit contains everything you need to know to help you set up your own interior design business. It also helps you identify other career opportunities within Interior Design, such as working within an established design practice or studying for a degree. This unit also includes:

  • How to set up an interior design business
  • How to charge for your design service
  • Different marketing methods
  • Sourcing suppliers and using trade accounts
  • Identifying other career opportunities within interior design
  • Working within a design practice
  • Studying for a degree

Student Gallery

A sample of work completed by our talented interior design students

How Is The Course Run?

The course consists of a 10-week study period that covers each of the 10 subject units in the Diploma course, one unit per week

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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
Full Course Fee £1,700
Less
UK Government Funding
NDA Funded Course Fee £995

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

One Payment

£ 995 On Enrolment
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3 x Monthly Payments

£ 368 Per Month*
  • £1,104 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

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

3 x Monthly Payments

$ 2,500 IN TOTAL*
  • $1000 on enrolment
  • + 2 x $750 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.

Ready to pursue your passion for Interior Design?

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