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. 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.
About the course
This course is validated and awarded by our partner Staffordshire University, the Certificate will state 'Staffordshire University' and the Graduation ceremony is part of the Staffordshire University Awards Ceremony. The course is delivered by the National Design Academy via part-time online distance learning.
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.
For many students, family commitments, employment or lack of relevant qualifications makes attending university impossible. Whilst some universities offer qualifications as full time or part time on campus, 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 todays graduates as you are able to continue to work. 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
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.
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).
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.
As the BA Honours Degree is studied part-time, you can combine both study and career routes.
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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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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. The Customer Experience
The development of retail environments and their expansion into the provision of a distinct retail experience is one of the most dynamic and exciting products of our culture. Within this Module, you will become familiar with an overview of the history of shopping and the evolution of contemporary shopping which is focused on the understanding of customers’ lifestyles. This Module analyses the methods that retailers use to develop a relationship with their customers and concludes with a study of best practice and innovation within retail design and the significant effect that retailing has had on architecture and interior design.
Module 4. Branding
Within this Module, you will study the development and application of branding within a retail environment. Customer loyalty is vital to a successful retail business and branding is the single most important element in ensuring that loyalty. Branding is also directly responsible for the positioning of a product or company within the marketplace, directly impacting on the perception of quality, ethics and value. This Module investigates the principles and components of brand development and how such findings directly affect the customer relationship.
Module 5. Visual Communication and Merchandising
Visual communication and merchandising are integral parts of the marketing process within a retail environment and are essential to the successful presentation of products or businesses to a retailer's customer base. Within this Module, you will look at how these two interrelated aspects of retail design work together to attract customers into a store and direct them to particular areas of products. Merchandising methods such as colour blocking, horizontal and vertical grouping and symmetrical merchandising will be examined, alongside essential promotional methods and the Module concludes with a detailed look at the vital components of visual communication and merchandising such as lighting, colour and materials.
Module 6. 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 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. Level 5 Retail Design Final Project
Within this Module, you will be encouraged to evidence your creativity through the research, development and completion of a specific major retail design project. Within the project you will address specific areas of retail design such as; research and analysis, branding, legislation, visual communication, merchandising and designing for a target market. In addition, the Module will provide the opportunity for you to express your research, organisational, space planning and presentation skills.
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?