National Design Academy

National Design Academy



Established for over 27 years with an alumni of over 30,000 students in 80 countries, the NDA is the UK's leading Online Interior Design School.

  • Online - Study from anywhere in the world.
  • Flexible - Choose your own start date & work at your own pace
  • Affordable - Up to 40% lower fees than other universities
  • Part of the NDA Foundation, a not for profit organisation

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The National Design Academy has been teaching Interior Design for over 27 years, 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. NDA is the UK’s leading expert in delivering online Interior Design qualifications.

At the National Design Academy we treat all our students as individuals. 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.  At NDA every student has their own, individual study plan and their own, highly experienced, personal Tutor. Our Tutor team is based at our Head office & studios in Nottingham and can be contacted via phone, email or skype 5 days a week, as often as you wish. 

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 to your Tutor and our Alumni. Work placements, careers and student case studies are all part of the busy VLS.

NDA Level 3 Diploma courses accredited by AIM Awards.

The Diploma is accepted for entry onto a degree programme

Diploma courses (Pre-Bachelors)

Diploma in Professional Interior Design
Diploma in Professional Garden Design  
Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings

NDA degrees are validated by our partners, Staffordshire University.

Bachelors Degrees

BA (Hons) Interior Design
BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design
BA (Hons) Retail Design
BA (Hons) Design for Outdoor Living

Post Graduate Degrees

Pre-Masters – University Diploma in Education - Interior Design
(Conversion for those with a BA in a different subject)

Masters Degree 

MA Interior Design

NDA has a unique & flexible ‘Double Degree’ route to achieving BA (Hons)

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 please 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, Rendering, SketchUp, Visual Presentation and Hand Drawing. All NDA Students receive Free CAD software licenses & support, an NUS card, free access to UK university libraries and FREE membership to the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID).

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