National Design Academy


NDA is the UK’s leading expert in delivering online Interior Design qualifications.

The National Design Academy has been teaching Interior Design for over 26 years. We are experts in online learning. Specialised in part-time interior design courses, we deliver high quality, industry-recognised, accredited courses from diploma to post-graduate level through flexible, online, distance learning. With alumni of over 30,000 students in 80 countries. NDA graduates are highly sought after, and prized for their confidence, skills and commercial awareness.

At the National Design Academy, we do things differently. Our courses are designed to suit your needs and be studied from anywhere in the world. We treat all our students as individuals. Our courses are designed to be flexible so NDA has no terms or semesters. Students can choose their own start date and study at their own pace - not the pace of other students.

We believe in supporting our students and recognise each student has different needs, often fitting their course around work, personal and family commitments. That is why each student has their own, individual study plan and their own, highly experienced, personal Tutor. Our Tutors have a wealth of knowledge and are experts in the field of professional interior design. They will support you throughout your journey, providing feedback and as much support as you need via telephone, email or skype based at our Head office & studios in Nottingham and can be contacted 5 days a week, as often as you wish.

Learning online doesn’t mean learning alone. Although students study individually we believe in providing an online community for students to engage with one another whilst studying. Students study online using our bespoke Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) portal. With our years of experience, the VLS has been designed by NDA to make your experience stimulating and informative. You can also make friends with other online students in the lively forum, enjoy online seminars and chat with your Tutor and our Alumni. Work placements, careers and student case studies are all part of the busy VLS that can be accessed 24/7. Check out our range of Interior Design courses now:

NDA Level 3 Diploma courses accredited by AIM Awards.

Diploma course fees are subsidised by funding.

The Diploma is accepted for entry onto a degree programme

Diploma courses

Professional Interior Design

Professional Garden Design

Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings

NDA degrees are validated by our partner, Staffordshire University.

All undergraduate degrees are eligible for student loans.

Undergraduate Degrees

FdA Interior Design

FdA Heritage Interior Design

FdA Retail Design

BA (Hons) in Interior Design

BA (Hons) in Heritage Interior Design

BA (Hons) in Retail Design

BA (Hons) in Design for Outdoor Living

Post Graduate Degrees

Pre-Masters – University Diploma in Education - Interior Design

Masters Degree

MA Interior Design

Life doesn’t always go to plan so at NDA students study the Foundation Degree, for 2 years/levels, & then continue to the final year BA (Hons) top up. If they aren’t able to continue for any reason, they still graduate with a degree (FdA) & can return to study the BA (Hons) later! It’s the same syllabus and cost, but so much more flexible.

To find out more why not attend one of our open days at the National Design Academy, or visit our website

Additional course resources

The NDA also offer a range of in-house and online tutorials designed to improve a student's knowledge of Computer Aided Design packages as well as enhance their course skills. Topics include; AutoCAD, Photoshop, Technical Drawing, SketchUp. *NDA Students receive Free CAD software licenses & support, free access to UK university libraries (degree students only) and FREE membership to the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID).



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