MASTER'S DEGREE (MA) INTERIOR DESIGN
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!
You can enrol at anytime – choose your own start date! No Terms or Semesters – study when convenient for you
One of the following is required to study for a Master’s Degree
- Progression from NDA BA (Hons) in any subject
- Direct Entry: BA (Hons) in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, 3D & Spatial Design, Architecture or other equivalent design-related degree subject studied at another institution
- International Students: Equivalent degree qualification in a relevant design subject
- Experience: We welcome applications from mature students with a CV showing many years of experience at a senior level in interior design, architecture or similar plus one comprehensive example from your professional portfolio of a design project you have completed to include visuals/plans/sample boards/drawings etc
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15 months to 3 years – flexible according to your study plan (maximum 6 years).
Your tutor will assess your assignments as you submit them throughout the course and your portfolio is moderated by a De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) External Examiner.
Each Module is self-contained, and has its own assessment, it has distinctive educational objectives and clearly defined content.
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 successful NDA degree students can join us for a wonderful graduation ceremony as part of the De Montfort University Leicester (DMU). This is always a wonderful day and it is the perfect way to celebrate with friends and family, whilst also offering you a chance to reflect on all that you have achieved.
Master’s Degree (MA) Interior Design awarded by our academic partner, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).
– 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.
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.
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?
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 a design, client proposal and techniques for presenting research material in a visually stimulating manner. Mastering these skills will save you time and help you become more efficient when working within the interior design profession.
Innovation in products and materials is vital to the continuing development of interior design. Energy efficiency, minimum waste, the development of new colours and high-performance fabrics are just a few of the exciting innovations driving good practice within the industry. This module explores emerging technologies and materials for interior design giving you a greater understanding of the latest industry requirements.
Trends in interior design happen as a result of predictions and forecasts being identified by specialist agencies and individual influencers. These initial observations then gather momentum and focus until they achieve commercial credibility with ‘trend bibles’ being purchased by both blue-chip companies and design-led manufacturers. This module investigates the individuals, agencies and processes which bring together the trends that are shaping our interiors on a global scale and how you can always stay up to date with future trends.
The most interesting interiors all present a deep understanding of cultural influences from such diverse areas as painting, music, philosophy or literature. Apply the culture and history of different countries within an interior, for results that meet the demands of this exciting global industry. This module explores the ways in which interior designers may reference cultural contexts within their work, providing additional layers of interest to both commercial and residential interiors.
The efficient control of the interior design process, from design to installation, is essential to the success of designer, practice and project. Considerations such as the organisation and communication of information, clear scheduling of contractors and deliveries, allocation of budget and minimisation of waste are all equally important. The efficient management of a large or small scale design practice is also essential to the smooth running of a project. This module provides you with the information you need to both successfully manage a project and efficiently manage a design practice.
This is your chance to showcase your Masters Project which will form the basis of your portfolio. If you are already working in the design industry you can discuss with your tutor how you can opt to use a live project relevant to you or to your design practice. Your project will present your design ideas, critical thinking, awareness of trends and innovation and your ability to communicate through text and visuals. A clear schedule of work, a robust client brief and detailed budget complete the requirements for this exciting module.