FOUNDATION DEGREE (FDA)
The Foundation Degree in Interior Design is the perfect course for students who are passionate about becoming an Interior Designer and already hold an NDA Diploma in Interior Design or 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.
Enrol at anytime – you choose your own start date! No terms or semesters, so you can study when its convenient for you.
One of the following qualifications is required to study this Degree. If you do not have suitable qualifications, you can study an NDA Level 3 Diploma course as a guaranteed progression route onto the Degree course:
- NDA Level 3 Diploma
- NVQ or City & Guilds in a related subject
- One A Level in a design related subject
- Successful completion of an Art Foundation Year at College or University
- We welcome applications from mature students with a CV showing previous interior design experience plus one example from your portfolio of a design project you have completed to include visuals/plans/sample boards/ drawings etc.
If you have not covered drawing plans & elevations and space planning in your qualification, you may have to complete these 2 modules from the NDA Diploma. If you are unsure please contact us.
(If you are not a previous NDA student do not apply for Student Finance until you have been approved to join)
Approximately 2–3 years (maximum of 5 years).
The Foundation Degree consists of two levels.
You will not have to take an exam! Your tutor will assess your assignments as you submit them, and your portfolio is moderated by a Staffordshire University External Examiner.
The course assignments are mainly practical and will not involve extensive essay or thesis writing. Each Module is self-contained, and has its own assessment with distinctive educational objectives and clearly defined content.
The Foundation Degree in Interior Design (FdA) is awarded by our Academic Partner, Staffordshire University
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. We treat every student as an individual.
- – 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.
This course is also ideal if you would prefer to fit your studies around family and work. This allows you to avoid the huge debt levels faced by today’s graduates as you are able to continue to work while studying, and enjoy 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 on 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. The NDA offer an MA Interior Design, online. All BA(Hons) graduates have a guaranteed place on the MA Interior Design course and a generous Progression Scholarship to reduce tuition fees.
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: interior home staging, window display design, show home design, design journalism, exhibition design, lighting design or retail buyer for interior related areas.
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?
This module introduces the research skills and methods which will to help you to locate and retrieve information throughout the remainder of the Degree programme. It also includes a comprehensive introduction to interior design, the work of globallly leading residential and commercial Interior Designers, a guide to the history of interior design and ‘from the ancient world to the present day’.
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. This 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.
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 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.
Good lighting and successfully integrated technology are fundamental to an interior design scheme. 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 and integrated audio-visual technology can enhance an interior environment.
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. It explores 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 on the outcomes of a particular scheme while providing an overview of Building Regulations and other relevant regulatory factors.
This module looks at the 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 want to purchase a property. The module also includes an overview of bespoke design solutions and examples of best practice used within residential sales environments.
This module will take you step-by-step through the stages of establishing and running your own interior design practice. Learn the identification of brand values leading to the design of a corporate identity, alongside the development of office management, business planning, strategic marketing and financial forecasting skills.
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 we have the most physical contact with, and its 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 a scheme.