Equipment & Resources

What Will You Need To Study?

The equipment and resources you require may differ dependent on the level and subject that you study

Computer & Software

You will need access to a computer with an active internet connection in order to use the interactive learning resources on the Virtual Learning Studio, and other equipment and resources listed at the bottom of this page.

This can be either a Windows or Mac OS X based machine.

Computer Specifications

Operating System

Windows 7 (minimum); Windows 10 (recommended), Mac OS X 10.10 (minimum); macOS 10.13 (recommended)

Processor

64-bit Intel CPU (Intel Core Duo CPU, 2 GHz or faster recommended)

RAM

4 GB (minimum); 8 GB (recommended)

Hard Drive

12 GB free space (not including software installation)

Screen Resolution

1024 x 768 or greater

Browser

Latest versions of: Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari (macOS)

Software Suggestions

Diploma Students

An office package, such as MS Office or OpenOffice; which includes a word processor, a spreadsheet application and a presentation application (e.g., Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

Although not required for the Diploma course AutoCAD is included Free to all NDA students.

Degree Students

A graphical editing application, such as Adobe Photoshop. A computer aided design application, such as Google SketchUp (free), AutoCAD (is included Free to all NDA students) or VectorWorks.

Design Equipment & Materials

In addition to your online study and use of computer software, students may/will also be required to complete work by hand. Please see below a list of recommended design equipment, materials and resources  for each NDA course subject.

The majority of recommended items are available to purchase online as a ‘kit’ from the NDA Art Shop, at student prices.

Interior Design

Recommended (to complete work by hand)

  • Scale Rule with 1:10, 1:20, 1.50 and 1:100 scales
  • Scalpel and spare blades
  • 30cm Ruler (steel)
  • Cutting Mat
  • Set square (this does not have to be adjustable)
  • A3 Paper
  • A3 Tracing Paper
  • A3 Card or Mountboard
  • Fine-line Drawing Pens 0.5, 0.3 and 0.1
  • HB Pencil

Optional (recommended for a professional finish)

  • A3 or A2 drawing board with parallel motion
  • 0.5 Propelled Pencil & Refills
  • Masking Tape
  • 30cm Flexicurve
  • 30cm Ruler (plastic)
  • Circle Template
  • Putty Rubber (Soft)
  • Hard Edged Rubber
  • Artist Pastels and/or Pastel Pencils
  • Colour Wheel
All Recommended and Optional items are included in the Complete Professional Interior Design Kit available to purchase online in the NDA Art Shop.

Soft Furnishings & Curtain Making

Essential (to complete your course)

  • Access to a Basic Domestic Sewing Machine
  • Curtain Pelmet & Return
  • Button Maker
  • Pencil Pleat Heading Tape (7.5cm) – 2 Metres
  • Interlining – 1.5 Metres
  • A3 Size Heavy Duty Buckram/Vilene (Approx 30cm Width)
  • Continuous Zipping – 3/4 Metre & Zip Slider
  • Self Adhesive Soft Loop Velcro – 1/2 Metre
  • Sew On Velcro (Loop 3m & Hook 10cm)
  • Fusible Buckram (Stiff) – 3 Metres
  • Piping Cord – 4 Metres
  • 4 × Lead Penny Weights
  • 6 × Plastic Rings & 2 x Brass Rings
  • 8 × Plastic Buttons (front and back)
  • 3 × Safety Toggles

Optional (recommended for a professional finish)

  • Access to a Professional Sewing Machine
  • A1 Cutting Mat
  • Cutting Grid
  • Cushion Template
  • Rotary Head Rail
  • Rotary Cutter & Spare Blade
  • 60cm Ruler (steel)
  • Fabric Scissors

Fabric Requirements

Please view/download the Online & In-Studio Course Fabric Requirement List. This outlines the fabric and equipment needed for each Unit of your Professional Diploma in Soft Furnishings & Curtain Making.
Essential and Optional items (excluding sewing machines) are included in either the Essential Soft Furnishings Course Kit or Complete Professional Soft Furnishings Kit available to purchase online in the NDA Art Shop.

Garden Design

Recommended (to complete work by hand)

  • A3 Paper
  • A3 Tracing Paper (60gsm) or Layout Paper for Pencil Drawings
  • A3 Tracing Paper (90 or 120gsm) for Inked Plans
  • Fine-line Drawing Pens 0.5, 0.3 and 0.1
  • HB Pencil
  • Scale Rule with 1:10, 1:20, 1.50 and 1:100 scales
  • 30cm Ruler (steel)
  • Set Square
  • Circle Template
  • Compass with Extension Arm
  • Scalpel & Spare Blades

Optional (recommended for a professional finish)

  • A3 or A2 drawing board with parallel motion
  • 0.5 Propelled Pencil & Refills
  • Adjustable Set Square
  • Masking Tape
  • Putty Rubber (Soft)
  • Hard Edged Rubber
  • Artist Pastels and/or Pastel Pencils
  • Colour Wheel
  • A3 Graph Paper
All Recommended and Optional items are included in the Complete Professional Garden Design Kit available to purchase online in the NDA Art Shop.

Other Resources

Recommended

  • Access to an A3 Scanner or Photocopier

Optional

  • Access to a Digital Camera

Degree Students

  • Access to books or recommended reading online
Thanks to our partnership with De Montfort University, all NDA degree students have full use of the DMU library services and any other UK library under the SCONUL access scheme, either by post or online.

NDA Art Shop

Please visit the online NDA Art Shop which provides Complete Professional Interior Design, Complete Professional Soft Furnishings, Essential Soft Furnishings Course and Technical Drawing Equipment Kits. These include the essential equipment you will need to study each specific NDA course plus optional items that will allow you to complete your work to a professional finish.