MA Interior Design

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The MA Interior Design course is ideal for students who wish to further enhance their knowledge, skill base and qualification level for the interior design market. This course is aimed at students who have previously completed a BA (Hons) degree in Interior Design or an alternative relevant subject such as architecture. 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.

This innovative Master of Arts Degree in Interior Design provides an opportunity to study a taught course at post-graduate level by distance learning. Our distance learning Masters Degree is equally suitable for those currently working in the design or architecture professions and wish to build upon previous qualifications as well as recent graduates from a BA(Hons) programme or equivalent.

The programme of study is focused upon the present and future requirements of the design profession and provides an opportunity to take your study to a higher level, developing knowledge and skills relevant to the industry. The focus will be on the analysis and evaluation of material and the development of critical thinking.

A sequence of taught Modules, exploring essential interior design strategies, provides a structure within which you are encouraged to develop an individual research pathway. You will be able to focus on the specific areas of interest eg furniture and follow this throughout the course.

Teaching and Learning

The Masters Degree Interior Design is studied part-time, flexibly online through our specially created Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) via the internet using your computer. Here you can accessthousands of links to interior design information, watch video lectures when and where it suits you and contact your personal tutor direct. The course is designed to fit around your work & home life. You will receive informative and timely feedback on your assignments from your personal Tutor; you will not have to take an examination. You can telephone the NDA Helpline at any time (Monday - Friday 9.00.a.m. - 5.00.p.m.) to receive an instant answer to your question from a member of our Tutor Team. You can make new friends and keep in touch with other students and alumni and share ideas and see examples of other students work, through our lively Student Forum.

The majority of NDA students will complete their MA Degree online in just 1 year, others may take a little longer and a few may need the maximum study time of 5 years. Find out more.

Employability & progression

Further education

Following the successful completion of the MA Interior Design course, students may opt to tailor their area of interest further and enrol on a PhD in Interior Design. This pathway offers students the chance to follow a personal route of design interest and research, evaluate and discover unique theories and projects for the interior design industry.


Students who have successfully completed the MA Interior Design course are often considered to be highly attractive candidates by many interior design practices. Not only will they have a wealth of knowledge, but will also hold a high academic qualification, which are extremely valuable when pitching to potential clients.

MA graduates also often opt to start their own interior design business or work on a freelance basis in the market or enter into the area of education.

Take a look through some of our case studies from past MA Interior Design students and see how they found the course.

Course content

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This Module develops your research and academic writing knowledge and skills as well as the ability to understand argument styles and be able to critique current or emerging aspects of interior design.

Innovation in products, materials and technologies from a broad range of industries provide the focus for this Module. The development of these materials will be explored, analysed and evaluated with particular attention to sustainability and changing cultural values. You may focus on any aspect of interior design for this Module.

The ability to detect emerging trends is essential to the success of a design-based profession. This Module develops your understanding of trend intelligence across colour, form, pattern, structure, culture and ethics. You will also develop your communication skills by evaluating how to present your findings to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Within this MA you are encouraged to explore the artistic, philosophical, literary, social and political influences on interior design through your own creative output. Cultural diversity within interior design will also be investigated within this Module, which reflects real-world design practice.

Environmentally sustainable interior design and its relationship with creativity, business practice and management provide the focus of this Module. This is reinforced by understanding of the design process and client considerations.

This extended Module encourages you to demonstrate the advanced knowledge and analytical skills gained throughout your studies. You will develop a portfolio of work which reflects your research interests and supports your career objectives within the field of interior design.

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