The Foundation Degree in Heritage Interior Design offers students a unique and in-depth introduction into the world of interior design with a specialist emphasis on heritage buildings. At NDA 'online flexible learning' means exactly that! Unlike other institutions, at NDA there are no terms or semesters, you can choose your own start date and study at your own pace – not the pace dictated by the institution or other students. At NDA we treat every student as an individual. Find out more about study methods.
About the course
This course is validated and awarded by our partner Staffordshire University, the Certificate will state 'Staffordshire University' and the Graduation ceremony is part of the Staffordshire University Awards Ceremony. The course is delivered by the National Design Academy via part-time online distance learning.
Studying the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Heritage Interior Design you will develop knowledge and understanding of the specific skills needed to work within the heritage sector at a residential level or on a major heritage project. This is the only UK FdA in Heritage Interior Design. Successful completion of this Foundation Degree provides entry on to our BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design top-up course - both are studied online, via part time distance learning.
For many students, family commitments, employment or lack of relevant qualifications makes attending university impossible. Whilst some universities offer qualifications as full time or part time on campus, you may prefer to fit your studies around family and work rather than the other way around. This also means that you can avoid the huge debt levels faced by todays graduates as you are able to continue to work. If you have to juggle family commitments, full-time or part-time work and want the flexibility offered by studying part-time by distance learning, then this is the course for you.
If you don't have the required entry qualifications or experience you may enrol on our access course 'Diploma in Professional Interior Design' which is a Level 3 qualification and gives you all the skills and neccessary entry qualifications required to begin your route to BA (Hons) with the NDA.
The National Design Academy is listed within the 'listed bodies' of Recognised UK Degrees, ensuring your qualification is Nationally and Internationally recognised, please visit the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) website for further information
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Employability & progression
The FdA is equivalent to years 1 & 2 of a BA Honours Degree (similar to a HND). However, the FdA is a separate degree qualification with a full cap and gown graduation ceremony. It is particularly relevant to Heritage Interior Design as Foundation Degrees have a practical element and are designed to qualify you to work in the vocational area. Completing this course will really open up the world of interior design.
All students successfully completing the (FdA) are guaranteed a place on the BA Honours Degree. (This will take a minimum of 24 months part-time).
You can become a freelance designer, start your own domestic or commercial practice for period properties, or work within a range of industries or as a qualified interior designer within a specialist practice or heritage organisation.
As the BA Honours Degree is studied part-time, you can combine both study and career routes.
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Student loans (or tuition fee loans) are the most popular way for NDA students to study as they cover the entire cost of their degree. Loans are not based on income or means tested and most students in England will qualify. Repayments only start after four years - but if you earn less than £21,000 per year you will not have to repay.
PLEASE NOTE: When paying by Student Loan, you are required to apply for the instalment fee amount not the full fee
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What Will I Study?
Module 1. Research and Contextualisation
This Module introduces the research skills and methods which will to help you to locate and retrieve information and which you will use throughout the remainder of the Degree programme. Also within this Module, the work of leading residential and commercial interior designers from around the world who have produced work of an exceptional standard will be investigated. The Module provides a comprehensive introduction to interior design, including a guide to the history of interior design and designers, from the ancient world to the present day.
Module 2. Space Planning
This Module investigates the way that interior space may be organised according to a particular set of requirements. Such requirements vary according to the designated function of an interior. Whether a space is intended for residential or commercial use, appropriate space planning ensures that a space is used efficiently, comfortably and safely and is at the core of successful interior design. Space planning may also have ‘hidden’ attributes such as brand reinforcement within a corporate or retail context, or visitor engagement and improved viewing space within a museum or gallery context.
Module 3. Design in Historical Context
Interior design is continually changing and has been moving forward for centuries. This progression was usually led by a combination of factors rooted in social change such as etiquette, politics and display or technological advancements. This Module examines those forces, for example, the Italian Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution and the Bauhaus, which continue to shape the culture in which we live. Responding to these cultural changes has defined our interior environments throughout the ages. The Module traces the development of style through history and investigates how and why interiors, objects and furniture have evolved into their present form.
Module 4. Traditional Design Techniques
This Module investigates those traditional design techniques and specialist paint finishes used when restoring or decorating traditional, historic or important houses primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries. The study of decorative paint finishes such as marbling, graining and other techniques made popular following the ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe during the 18th century will also be examined. The Module explains the principles and origins of these finishes, as well as providing examples of recipes and instructions for their production.
Module 5. Design for Listed Buildings
This Module will enable the understanding of the constraints, procedures and processes involved in the restoration and interior design of listed buildings. The category or classification of listing determines what can and cannot be done to its interior and strict regulations are in place which protect and enhance the integrity of a historic building. This Module explains the design considerations which fall within these guidelines and which should be applied when working within a listed building.
Module 6. Wall, Floor and Window Treatments for Heritage Buildings
Walls, floors and windows are fundamental elements of interior design and the way that they are treated or decorated can completely transform the way that an interior looks and feels. This Module looks in detail at these elements and their possible decoration, preservation and style as well as the practical options available to an interior designer working within a heritage context.
Module 7. Professional Practice
This Module will take you step-by-step through the stages of establishing and running your own interior design practice, including the identification of brand values leading to the design of a corporate identity, alongside the development of office management, business planning, strategic markeking and financial forecasting skills.
Module 8. Level 5 Heritage Design Final Project
Within this Module, you will be encouraged to evidence your creativity through the research, development and completion of a specific major heritage design project. Within the project you will address specific areas of heritage design such as; research and analysis, legislation and designing for a target market. In addition, the Module will provide the opportunity for you to express your research, organisational, space planning and presentation skills.
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?