The NDA Online Master's Degree (MA) in Interior Design is the final stage in the development of a professional interior designer. It provides interior designers with the professional skills and expertise required to work at a senior or management level within a Design or Architectural practice. Graduates will also have the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge they will need to open their own interior design practice.
The National Design Academy's Master's Interior Design course is the UK's only, truly flexible online Master's Degree where you can study flexibly alongside your career and family. You can even choose your own start date!
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 Master's Degree in Interior Design is awarded by our Academic Partners Staffordshire University. Your degree certificate will be issued by the University and is the same as certificates issued to students who study on-campus. It does not refer to Online Study.
All NDA graduates are invited join us for a glamorous graduation ceremony by the Lakes at Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire, UK. This is part of the Staffordshire University Awards Celebration, held every July.
Who should do this course?
- If you have successfully graduated with a BA (Hons) in any subject with NDA, you will be offered a place on the Master's Degree (MA) in Interior Design, and awarded a generous scholarship.
- Graduates with a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design or equivalent qualification, studied at a UK or international university are also welcome for direct entry onto the Master's Degree.
- If you are an experienced interior designer working at a senior level without a Bachelor's Degree and would like the recognition of a Master's degree qualification, you may gain direct entry through a suitable CV and a professional portfolio.
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 you may need to study at a lower level.
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.
How will I study?
This Master’s degree is studied part-time, flexibly online through our specially created Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) via the internet using your computer. Here you can access numerous links to wonderful interior design schemes and interior designers of note. You can also join the lively discussions on the NDA Student Forum, make new friends from around the world and you can contact your personal tutor direct as often as you wish. The majority of NDA students complete their Master’s Degree in approximately one year but this is flexible according to your study plan.
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Not only will you graduate with a Master's Degree you will have gained the specialist knowledge and understanding of how a Professional Design Practice is run. You be qualified to work at Management level and will have the entrepreneurial skills to open your own Interior Design Practice. Alternatively, you can become a highly qualified freelance interior designer working with specialist practices or you can channel your post-graduate knowledge into a career in teaching.
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.
Students who pay their own fees receive a discount for payment in full, or they can make monthly payments to spread the cost.
What Will I Study?
Module 1. Advanced Research Methods
This Module develops enhanced research skills in order to work at advanced level within the interior design profession. Research skills are fundamental to good interior design practice and the Module includes research methods, the development of design thinking, proposal production and techniques for presenting research material in a visually stimulating manner.
Module 2. Innovative Technology in Interior Design
This Module explores the exciting innovative products and materials that are continually entering the industry or are currently under development for use in the future. The Module examines developments in both realised products and the materials from which they are made, focusing on current and future products as well as the technologies upon which these products are based. The Module increases understanding of how materials originally produced for an unrelated area, such as aerospace, may be successfully applied within the context of interior design.
Module 3. Trend Forecasting in Interior Design
This Module is designed to increase your understanding of how trends are introduced and developed for use within the design profession by exploing the work of influential colour and trend forecasting agencies. Presented as valuable information their work is available to purchase by blue-chip companies across the design spectrum. The Module also looks at global trade fairs such as IMM Cologne, Premiere Vision, Pitti Filati, Texworld and Home and how they allow knowledge and product purchasers to access innovations and predictions for differing products, information and services.
Module 4. Cultural Contexts in Interior Design
This Module explores the wide variety of cultural influences; artistic, philosophical, literary, social and political, which determine the content and direction of interior design including a case study of an influential designer from the Art Deco period in France, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, who was prominent within this culturally-eclectic design movement and how his use of then-innovative materials such as aluminium, stainless steel, Bakelite, lacquer and chrome made it possible to produce designs and finishes that were previously unachievable. As well as historical analysis, the Module also looks at contemporary influences shaping interior design on a global scale.
Module 5. Interior Design Practice Management
This Module examines the professional practice of controlling and monitoring the progress of a commercial interior design and implementation programme, using industry standard Project Management principles and systems. The Module reflects the professional practice of interior design by simulating critical responses to the constraints imposed by clients, site conditions, budgets, local authorities, building regulations, statutory requirements, energy efficiency legislation, waste minimisation and market forces.
Module 6. Masters Project in Interior Design
The Final Project is the culmination of the Master’s Degree Programme of Study and implements the advanced knowledge and skills gained throughout the course by exploring, in real depth and with imagination and sensitivity, the psychological, emotional and environmental possibilities and constraints offered by a given site, budget and client. Professional interior design is a holistic process taking into consideration the variable and complex relationships between site, client, purpose and building structure. This Module focuses on providing a satisfactory design resolution appropriate to the needs and requirements of the end users, achieved via a robust client brief and an established programme of work, ensuring that any project is delivered on time and within budget.
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?