The Foundation Degree in Interior Design is the perfect interior design 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.Find out more about study methods.
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.
About the course
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 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.
Employability & Progression
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.
Other options include: interiors home staging, window display, show home design, design journalism, exhibition design, lighting design or retail buyer for interior related areas.
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.
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.
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).
No upfront fees
(If you are not a previous NDA student do not apply for Student Finance until you have been approved to join)
Now you can afford to study for a degree.
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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Not using a Student Loan?
You can spread the cost and pay tuition fees by monthly instalments at no extra cost.
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?
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. Creative Lighting and Technology
Good lighting and successfully integrated technology are fundamental to an interior design scheme and this Module introduces you to the ever-increasing range of products and technologies which are the tools of any designer. Beginning with the effects and manipulation of natural light and continuing through ambient, task and decorative lighting, you will become aware of the extent to which correct lighting combined with integrated audio-visual technology can enhance an interior environment.
Module 5. Sustainable Design and Technology
Responsible and sustainable design is an essential consideration for the contemporary interior designer. This Module looks at the differing and sometimes contradictory approaches to ethical and ecological design and design products with particular emphasis on a sustainable approach using clean technology. The Module also introduces the choice of sustainable materials and construction methods used within interior design and discusses their impact upon the outcomes of a particular scheme as well as providing an overview of Building Regulations and other relevant regulatory factors.
Module 6. Home Staging and Show Home Design
This Module looks at those factors which influence the design of residential sales environments. From show homes for large, new-build housing developments to small specialist high-end developments intended for international buyers, the Module analyses the often subconscious prompts which make us feel comfortable and wish to purchase particular properties. The Module also includes an overview of bespoke design solutions and examples of best practice used within residential sales environments.
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. Furniture and Furnishings
Essential to the success of any interior project is the selection, suitability and quality of the furniture and furnishings. This is the element of interior design with which we have the most physical contact and it is also the most visible element within any interior design scheme. This Module looks at the history of furniture and furnishings, outlines the major suppliers and manufacturers of high quality furniture and textiles and discusses their placement to best advantage within an interior design scheme.
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?