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Foundation Degree (FdA) Retail Design

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The Foundation Degree in Retail Design offers students the perfect introduction into the world of interior design with a specialist focus on the retail arena. 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 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.


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

Studying the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Retail Design, you will gain the knowledge and understanding to work in the commercial market to develop innovative and creative designs to encourage customers to experience different shopping concepts. This is the only UK FdA in Retail Design.

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 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

You can become a freelance designer, work in a range of industries as a qualified interior designer, within an interior design practice specialising in retail design, or work in-house for a retail company.

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 Retail 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.

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.

Further education

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?


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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