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Design Courses

Online & In-Studio Courses

Diploma, Bachelor's & Master's Degrees

Three Learning Levels

Diploma, Bachelor's & Master's degrees available.

Six Design Subjects

Choose to study in one of six specialist design subjects.

Guaranteed Progression

Completion of each learning level opens access to the next. Progression Scholarships available.

Recognised Worldwide & Fully Accredited

The National Design Academy is the only institution to offer truly flexible, online interior design courses that are nationally and internationally recognised.

All our Professional Diploma courses are awarded by AIM Qualifications, an Ofqual approved National Awarding Organisation providing Ofqual Level 3 accreditation.

All our online Degrees are fully accredited and awarded by our academic partner De Montfort University Leicester (DMU), ranked in Times’ top 3% of world universities.
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What Can You Study?

Choose the study level and design subject that’s right for you to learn more…

Government funding & student loans available for UK students.

Progression scholarships for all NDA UK & International students

Online Diplomas

Online Flexible Diploma

A great introduction to interior design. Learn skills to design projects for your home, help friends and family with theirs, enter a design career, or set up your own business.

Ideal Progression: BA (Hons) Interior Design

Online Fast-Track Diploma (via Zoom)

For students who want all the benefits of remote online learning, but are also looking for more structure and live interaction with tutors and peers, the ‘Online Fast-Track’ course offers an ideal mix.

Ideal Progression: BA (Hons) Interior Design

Online Flexible Diploma

A great introduction to garden design. Learn skills to design projects for your garden, help friends and family with theirs, enter a design career, or set up your own business.

Online Fast-Track Diploma (via Zoom)

For students who want all the benefits of remote online learning, but are also looking for more structure and live interaction with tutors and peers, the ‘Online Fast-Track’ course offers an ideal mix.

Online Flexible Diploma

Learn specialist curtain making techniques to create beautiful hand finished curtains for your home, help friends and family with theirs, or set up your own business.

Ideal Progression: BA (Hons) Interior Design

Online Fast-Track Diploma (via Zoom)

For students who want all the benefits of remote online learning, but are also looking for more structure and live interaction with tutors and peers, the ‘Online Fast-Track’ course offers an ideal mix.

Ideal Progression: BA (Hons) Interior Design

In-Studio Diplomas

In-Studio Diploma

A great introduction to interior design. Learn  skills to design projects for your home, help friends and family with theirs, enter a design career, or set up your own business.

Ideal Progression: BA (Hons) Interior Design

In-Studio Diploma

A great introduction to interior design. Learn skills to design projects for your home, help friends and family with theirs, enter a design career, or set up your own business.

Ideal Progression: BA (Hons) Interior Design

In-Studio Diploma

Learn specialist curtain making techniques to create beautiful hand finished curtains for your home, help friends and family with theirs, or set up your own business.

Ideal Progression: BA (Hons) Interior Design

In-Studio Diploma

A great introduction to garden design. Learn skills to design projects for your garden, help friends and family with theirs, enter a design career, or set up your own business.

Bachelor's Degrees

Online BA (Hons) Degree

Develop your creative interest and enter a career as an interior designer or progress to Master’s level, by expanding your skills and knowledge of the global design industry.

Ideal Progression: Master’s (MA) Interior Design

Online BA (Hons) Degree

Perfect progression through the world of interior design with an emphasis on heritage style for period properties.

Ideal Progression: Master’s (MA) Interior Design

Online BA (Hons) Degree

Perfect progression through the world of interior design with an emphasis on the design of retail spaces.

Ideal Progression: Master’s (MA) Interior Design

Online BA (Hons) Degree

Perfect progression through the world of interior design with an emphasis on the design of outdoor living spaces.

Ideal Progression: Master’s (MA) Interior Design

Top-Up Degrees

Online BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree

‘Top-up’ an existing two year design qualification to achieve a full BA (Hons) Degree in Interior Design, with just one further year of online study.

Ideal Progression: Master’s (MA) Interior Design

Online BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree

‘Top-up’ an existing two year design qualification to achieve a full BA (Hons) Design for Outdoor Living with just one further year of online study.
Ideal Progression: Master’s (MA) Interior Design

Master's Degree

Online Master’s (MA) Degree

The final stage in the development of a professional interior designer. Gain expert knowledge to work at a senior or management level and the entrepreneurial skills to open your own design practice.

Short Courses

Online Short Course

The perfect interior design course for beginners and design enthusiasts. Introducing you to the principles of Residential Interior Design in easy ‘bitesize’ chunks, whilst understanding the design process using a non-technical approach that is both fun and creative. No qualifications required. Enrol anytime & study online.

Online (via Zoom)

Enrol on this one-month workshop to learn the essential software programs used in professional interior design. This integrated course will provide you with skills in AutoCAD 2D, SketchUp and Photoshop – a great package to prepare you for your first professional interior design project.

Online (via Zoom)

Whether you want to design gardens for clients or want to pursue your personal projects, this 8-week course will equip you with professional skills and principles to pursue your gardening ambitions.

All of our courses are fully accredited

Our Degrees are fully-accredited by our academic partner De Montfort University Leicester (DMU), and our Diploma courses are awarded by AIM Qualifications.

Course Timeline

3rd September to 20th January

Introduction Week

Course Introduction

2 hour Live Online Introduction Session
Tuesday, 3rd September @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 1

Unit 01: Fabric Selection & Colour Theory

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 10th September @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 13th September @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 2

Unit 02: Estimation for Soft Furnishings

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 17th September @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 20th September @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 3

Independent Study Break Week

Commencing Monday, 23rd September

Week 4

Unit 03: Window Treatments: Mitres, Hand-Stitching Techniques & Pattern Matching

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 1st October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 4th October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 5

Unit 04: Lined & Interlined Curtain Construction

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 8th October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 11th October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 6

Independent Study Break Week

Commencing Monday, 14th October

Week 7

Unit 05: Constructing Hand-Sewn Buckram Headers

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 22nd October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 25th October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 8

Unit 06: Constructing Piped Crescent Tie-Back & Piped Cushion

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 29th October @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 1st November @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

Week 9

Independent Study Break Week

Commencing Monday, 4th November

Week 10

Unit 07: Constructing a Roman Blind

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 12th November @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 15th November @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

Week 11

Independent Study Break Week

Commencing Monday, 18th November

Week 12

Unit 08: Constructing Padded Pelmets

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 26th November @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 29th November @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

Week 13

Unit 09: Constructing Swags & Tails (Swags)

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 3rd December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 6th December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

Week 14

Unit 09: Constructing Swags & Tails (Tails)

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 10th December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 13th December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

Week 15

Unit 10: Setting-up a Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings Workroom

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 17th December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
*Thursday, 19th December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)
*One day early due to office closure

Christmas Holidays

NDA Office Closed

20th December - 6th January

Week 16 & 17

Independent Study Break Week x2

Commencing Monday, 6th & 13th January

Week 18

Project hand-in

Monday, 20th January 2025

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