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How To Enrol

For all National Design Academy courses, students must register and create an NDA Account and enrol through our Online Enrolment System.

Diploma & Short Courses

Once you have registered your NDA Account you may enrol directly onto any Diploma or Short Course. There are no entry requirements, therefore approval is not required. Once we have your details and payment is received, your enrolment will be complete. You will then receive confirmation of your enrolment and information about how to begin your studies.

Degrees

If you have previously studied and completed a Diploma with NDA you do not have to apply for a degree, you can enrol straight onto the course of your choice. Please ensure to include your VLS Student Number when enrolling.

Non-NDA students will need to submit an application providing proof that their previous qualifications fulfil the entry requirements.

The short application process allows you to upload any certificates, CV or supporting documentation at the time. You can supply these later, however it will delay your offer of a place.

Once your application has been approved, you will then receive a confirmation email from NDA prompting you to log back into your NDA Account and complete your enrolment.

If you are unsure if your qualifications and/or experience meet the entry requirements, please check the relevant course page on the website or contact our Student Services Team using the details below or the Live Chat widget.

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, British Time (GMT)

Application Checklist

Degrees

If you have previously studied a Diploma with NDA you do not have to apply for a degree, you can enrol straight onto the course of your choice. Please ensure to include your VLS Student Number when enrolling.

Non-NDA students will need to submit an application providing proof that their previous qualifications fulfil the entry requirements.

The short application process allows you to upload any certificates, CV or supporting documentation at the time. You can supply these later, however it will delay your offer of a place.

Once your application has been approved, you will then receive a confirmation email from NDA prompting you to log back into your NDA Account and complete your enrolment.

If you are unsure if your qualifications and/or experience meet the entry requirements, please check the relevant course page on the website or contact our Student Services Team using the details below or the Live Chat widget.

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, British Time (GMT)

Application Checklist

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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