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Foundation Degree (FdA) Interior Design

The Foundation Degree in Interior Design is the perfect interior design course course for students who are passionate about becoming an interior designer and already hold an NDA Diploma in Interior Design or have completed an equivalent qualification in a relevant subject. The Foundation Degree in Interior Design is a Two Year degree course (FdA) which you can "top-up" to a full BA (Hons) degree with one further year's study.

At the National Design Academy, "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 others. At NDA we treat every student as an individual.


This Degree is awarded by our Academic Partners Staffordshire University, and your degree Certificate will be issued by the University. Graduates will be invited to attend a wonderful graduation ceremony by the lakes at Trentham Gardens, as part of the Staffordshire University Awards Ceremony. The Foundation Degree is delivered by the National Design Academy via part-time online distance learning.

Who should do this course?

  • Successful NDA Diploma students you will be offered a guaranteed place on one of our Foundation Degrees with a Progression Scholarship for lower tuition fees. Anyone who is serious about becoming an interior designer or hopes to work in a design-related area.
  • Mature students who have experience in the interior design profession can also receive recognition through this qualification.

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 today's graduates as you are able to continue to work and have low tuition fees with NDA. 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 then study our access course Diploma in Professional Interior Design. This is an accredited Level 3 qualification and will provide you with all the skills necessary for entry onto one of our Foundation Degrees.

The National Design Academy appears within the "listed bodies" of recognised UK Degrees, ensuring your qualification is nationally and internationally recognised. Please visit the UK Government's official list of recognised bodies website for further information.


Helping our Students to aim higher and to progress is most important to NDA. After you have studied your 2 year Foundation Degree, you can choose to finish your studies and graduate, or you can take a break and then study for a further year to "top-up" your FdA to a full BA Honours degree. Successful FdA graduates receive a guaranteed place on one of our BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree Courses with a NDA Progression Scholarship for reduced tuition fees.

Your final progression from BA (Hons) is to study for your Master's degree, MA Interior Design, online with NDA. All BA (Hons) graduates have a guaranteed place on the MA Interior Design Online Degree Course and a generous Progression Scholarship to reduce tuition fees.

What Next?

You can become a freelance interior designer, start your own interior design practice or work as a qualified interior designer within an established interior design or architectural practice. With a Master's Degree this can be at management level. Other options include: interiors home staging, window display, show home design, design journalism, exhibition design, lighting design or retail buyer for interior related areas.

Fees & Scholarships

Because the National Design Academy is a Non Profit Organisation we are able to offer the LOWEST tuition fees and generous Progression Scholarships to all continuing NDA students.

UK Students have access to student loans to cover the full cost of their degree.

All Students who pay their own fees receive a discount for one payment or they can make monthly payments to spread the cost.

What Will I Study?

What Will I Study?

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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