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.


De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)
Foundation Degree (FdA) Heritage Interior Design awarded by our academic partner, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).



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