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.
All 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, and due to the volume of administration involved with the registration and enrolment of a student, 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.
Payment in Full
Course fees can be paid in full before the start of the course and a discount is offered.
Payment by Instalments
Course fees can be paid in monthly instalments. Instalment payments will begin on 1st day of the month following enrolment (if you enrol in the final week of any month, payments will begin one month later). Charges for any declined card payments 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 a studio course.
Subsidised Students; Students must complete their course by the agreed date (a maximum of 12 months for online students and 3 months for in studio students). Should you withdraw from the course outside of the 14 day cooling off period or not complete by the due date your subsidy will be removed and you will become liable for the full course fee.
If you are a subsidised student living in England for more than 3 years the remainder of your course fees may be Government funded, as such it will be a requirement for you to complete funding forms throughout your course. Failure to complete said forms could result in your subsidised fee being compromised.
UK Only - Student Loans
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 (4 modules or 120 credits) part of your student loan may be reclaimed by Student Finance England or Wales and you will then be liable for the outstanding tuition fees for that level. An Individual Learning Plan will be agreed with your Personal Tutor.
If you are paying your own fees, 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. Fees are reviewed annually and may change on or around 1st August each year. Degree course fees for the next level are likely to rise annually.
Online Diploma Courses
Students must complete their course within 12 months, depending on when they enrol. However, if there are extenuating circumstances, additional time can be arranged for a small additional fee. Should you not complete your course any outstanding fees will become due.
The Qualification fee of £105 is paid over to AIM Awards and covers registration, moderation and certification of your accredited national qualification.
Studio Courses
Students must complete their course within 3 months from the 1st week of the in studio course. If you are unable to attend a pre-booked studio course provided you give 14 days’ notice, NDA will transfer you onto a later course for a £50 administration fee. Should you 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, Studio 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 on a per unit basis by paying £50 per unit for a 5 week extension.
Advanced Learning Loan

Students should be aware that if you do not complete the course within that time, we may have to withdraw you from our records of active students. In the event of you completing the course before all fees have been paid we will be unable to claim your qualification until the course fees have all been paid and received by us. If you withdraw from the course the remaining fees will be due and an Invoice will be issued.
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, which keeps tuition fees low, allowing more students to study. E&OE 12.04.2018
The NDA continually strives to improve the service provided and are committed to giving all students the opportunity to express satisfaction, dissatisfaction, with our service, policies, processes and procedures and where appropriate to improve our services. Therefore we have our own Comments, Complaints, Appeals and Compliments Policy that is regulated by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. Please contact studentsupport@nda.ac.uk for further information.