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Terms and Conditions

Important - Please Read Carefully for All Course Bookings

Every institution has terms and conditions, we ask you to please read them carefully; we want you to be fully informed and if there is anything you would like explaining more fully, please ask, we are here to help.

NDA provides you with the flexibility to study in a way that suits your own circumstances, working within the parameters set by our college and university partners. We simply ask you to follow the guidelines in your Student Handbook, to work closely with your Tutor and take responsibility for your learning.

Online Courses

All enrolments received by the NDA are accepted on the basis that you have read and agree to these terms & conditions before you enrol. After you have enrolled online with NDA, you have 14 days* in which to change your mind. If you change your mind, this must be confirmed to NDA in writing even if you notify us by telephone first. After 14 days you are deemed to have started your course. Due to the volume of administration and cost of awarding body registration, course fees and qualification fees cannot be refunded after this point. The prospectus and website are intended as a course guide only as it may be necessary for NDA to make changes to course content or to a programme if necessary. If significant changes have to be made after you have enrolled then NDA will notify you of these changes.
* The 14 days does not apply to In-Studio, Online Fast-Track or Online (via Zoom) courses, as you will be given access to your full course material immediately. Upon activation it will be deemed that you have started your course. Numbers are limited for each course date; however under exceptional circumstances it may be possible to transfer you onto a later course provided your place can be allocated to another student. There will be a transfer administration fee of £50 for UK students or $70 US for international students.

Fees

Payment in Full

Course fees are due in full before the start of the course.

Payment by Instalments

As a concession, course fees can be paid in monthly instalments; the number of instalments varies depending on your study option and an admin fee is charged. The first instalment payment is due on enrolment, following payments are charged in one month intervals. Charges for any declined card payments or unpaid direct debits will be passed on to the student. Any change to your start date will not alter the payment schedule. You are still liable for the full course fee or degree level fee, if you withdraw from your course, fail to submit assignments or fail to attend or submit all your assignments for a studio course.

UK Funded or Advanced Learner Loan Students

UK Diploma Students who opt for their fees to be subsidised by funding or students who opt for their fees to be paid in full by an Advanced Learner Loan must complete their course by the agreed date; a maximum of 10 months (12 months for Soft Furnishings & Curtain Making) for Online (Flexible) students, 12 weeks for In-Studio and 14 weeks for Online (Fast-Track) students. Extensions can be arranged at a small cost if you contact student support. Should you withdraw from the course after the 14 day cooling off period or not complete your course by the due date NDA will be unable to claim your funding or advanced learner loan. You will then become liable to pay the outstanding balance of the course fee. Extensions can be arranged.

Payment by UK Student Loan

If you intend to pay for your Degree course via a student loan you should select this option when you enrol or apply on the NDA website. If you fail to complete a degree level/year (4 modules or 120 credits) part of your student loan may be reclaimed by Student Finance and you will then be liable for the outstanding tuition fees for that level.

Self Paying Degree Students

Course fees are due in full before the start of the course.

As a concession degree tuition fees can be paid in 10 monthly instalments (per year/level of study) and an admin fee is charged. The first instalment payment is due on enrolment, following payments are charged in one month intervals. Charges for any declined card payments or unpaid direct debits will be passed on to the student. Any change to your start date will not alter the payment schedule. You are liable for the tuition fees for that level, even if you withdraw or fail to submit an assignment. You must notify NDA in writing should you wish to withdraw from the programme.

Fee Review

We are a not for profit Foundation and maintain the lowest fees possible. However, tuition fees are reviewed annually and may change on or about 1st August each year. There may be a small increase in degree tuition fees when you start the next level/year of your degree and you will be informed if there is a change to the fee.

Online Diploma Courses

Students must complete their Diploma course within 10 months (Soft Furnishings & Curtain Making Diploma within 12 months), depending upon the time of enrolment. However, if there are extenuating circumstances, additional time can be arranged for a small additional fee. Should you not complete your course for any reason any outstanding fees will become due.

The Qualification fee of £160 is paid over to AIM Awards and covers registration, moderation and certification of your accredited national qualification.

In-Studio & Online Fast-Track (via Zoom) Courses

Students must complete their course by submitting their final assignments within 12 weeks (In-Studio) and 14 weeks (Online Fast-Track) from the 1st week of the course. If you are unable to attend a pre-booked in-studio or online fast-track course, provided you give 14 days’ notice, and under exceptional circumstances, NDA may transfer you onto a later course provided your place can be allocated to another student. There will be a transfer administration fee of £50 for UK students or $70 US for international students. Should you still be unable to attend at a later date, you can complete the course online by distance learning. As student numbers are limited to maintain small class sizes, in-studio and online fast-track course fees cannot be refunded.

All Diploma Students

Failure to complete the course within the time allocated (above) will result in withdrawal from the course, you may extend your completion date by paying £50 per 1 month extension.

Submission of Assignments

One of the terms of your enrolment is that you agree to submit your assignments by the due date. If for any reason you are unable to do so, you agree to contact student support for an extension to avoid being classed as “withdrawn” from the course. Withdrawn students will still be liable for any outstanding course fees.

The National Design Academy (NDA) is part of The NDA Foundation, a not-for-profit company. All profits are re-invested back into the Foundation for the benefit of our students. This keeps tuition fees low, allowing more students to study. E&OE 12.04.2018

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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