In-Studio Diploma

Interior Design (Dubai)

Entry Requirements

No previous qualifications required, just an interest & enthusiasm for interior design.

Course Duration

2 weeks or 10 Saturdays In-Studio
+ Up to 10 weeks home study

Next Course Dates

Weekday Course:

Saturday Course:
11th January 2020


No exams — Tutor assessment only, portfolio moderation by AIM Awards.

Course Summary

As an alternative to flexible online study our live ‘In-Studio’ Course Diploma in Professional Interior Design allows you to join other like-minded design enthusiasts for a more hands-on and collaborative approach to learning. Working with a client brief, you will work on an array of skills to take you from concept stage, through to design development and final proposal stage for a residential project.

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What Will You Learn?

You will learn the skills to be able to tackle your own projects more professionally, start your own business or enter the interior design industry with the practical knowledge required to work with potential clients.

You’ll also learn how to establish industry contacts, where to source materials, samples, furniture, lighting and start to build a design community with your peers.

Whilst receiving hands-on advice directly from our highly experienced NDA Tutors, the In-studio course brings together a fantastic mix of students, helping to create an exciting, friendly and dynamic class and the chance to share ideas with fellow up and coming designers.

A Recognised Qualification


The NDA takes accreditation very seriously. Our In-Studio Diploma course is accredited by Aim Awards. These qualifications are globally recognised throughout the world including the UAE and MENA region (equivalent to a British A-level).

KHDA Permit

Our KHDA permit number is 62117 delivered through ‘The Progression Agency’. Please check before doing any course if the education provider has a KHDA permit number.

Course Duration

  • Weekday Courses

    The weekday In-Studio Diploma course consists of 2 consecutive 5 day weeks in-studio, followed by upto 10 weeks home study to complete any project work for submission.

  • Saturday Courses

    If you cannot attend weekday courses you can study in-studio on 10 consecutive Saturdays instead, alongside up to 10 weeks home study.

What's Next?

Higher Education

Once you have successfully completed the NDA Diploma in Professional Diploma in Interior Design, students completing our diploma will be offered a guaranteed place onto our Bachelor’s degree with a generous Progression Scholarship. Degrees are awarded by our academic partner, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU), and they are studied online in the same way as your Diploma.


The Diploma in Professional Interior Design is designed to help you start your own Interior Design business. Like the Diploma course itself, you can work flexibly for your clients around your family commitments and gradually expand your business.

What Will I Study?

You will study ten dedicated Units during this Professional Diploma

Interior Design In Context

This unit defines the term ‘Interior Design’ and the fundamental principles adopted by Professional Interior Designers today. What you learn in this unit will provide an essential foundation that will underpin your future designs. This unit also includes:-

  • The 7 design elements of good design
  • Professional presentation boards
  • How to write a short design report
  • The history of interior design
  • Identifying key designs from a historical period

Design Inspiration & Designers Role

This unit focuses on the role of the Interior Designer today and teaches you how to work with clients and the stages of developing design concepts. This unit also includes:

  • Understanding a design brief
  • Developing a concept
  • Communicate concepts through professional presentation boards
  • Keeping up with trends in interior design
  • The role and function of the interior designer

Colour for Interior Design

This unit will spark your creativity by giving you the opportunity to play with colour. You’ll explore practical colour theory to enable you to design both historical and contemporary colour schemes. This unit also includes.

  • Create your own Colour wheel
  • Understanding Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colours
  • Exploring Tints, Tones and Shades
  • Presentation boards for historical and contemporary colour schemes
  • The psychological importance of colour in an interior space

Drawing Plans & Elevations

In this unit you will learn the key skills essential to any interior designer; how to draw plans and elevations. This can be achieved one step at a time and will provide you with all the skills you need to communicate your interior design schemes. This unit also includes:

  • How to draw using scale
  • Producing a floor plan
  • Producing a wall elevation drawing
  • Using industry recognised drawing conventions

Space Planning

This unit shows you how to plan the space for a room design. After a few initial sketches you will produce a furniture plan for a room to meet a client brief. This unit also includes:

  • Determining the function of a room
  • How to use development sketches – even if you can’t draw!
  • Producing room furniture layouts
  • Traffic flow for interior design
  • Producing a furniture plan to meet a client brief

Wall & Floor Finishes

This unit covers the wide and exciting range of wall and floor finishes now available to create beautiful interiors. Understand their properties and design a scheme to incorporate these finishes. This unit also includes:

  • Recognising the properties of Wall & Floor finishes
  • Designing a scheme to incorporate these finishes
  • Creating a presentation board and specifying appropriate samples
  • Explaining the use of responsible products within your scheme

Soft Furnishings

Soft Furnishings add the final touches to many interior design schemes. In this unit you will learn how to design soft furnishings schemes to complement your designs. This unit also includes:

  • Choosing suitable fabrics & linings for soft furnishings schemes
  • Calculating fabric quantities
  • Correct methods for fitting curtains
  • Designing a soft furnishings scheme for a client brief
  • Creating a rendered visual of your chosen design

Furniture Styles & Accessories

This unit will show you how to understand and source the limitless range of furniture and accessories available to the interior designer. Also, how to design a piece of bespoke furniture to meet a design brief. This unit also includes:

  • Understanding different furniture styles, historical & contemporary
  • Choosing & sourcing furniture
  • Designing bespoke furniture to meet a design brief
  • Understanding & dealing with suppliers
  • Creating an accessories board to meet the client brief

Creative Lighting

This unit will show you how to understand the huge range of lighting products and the manufacturers who produce them. How to choose lighting for your schemes and dealing with suppliers. This unit also includes:

  • Understanding different lighting products & manufacturers
  • Task, ambient and decorative lighting
  • Lighting levels for room designs
  • Cool and warm lighting
  • Creating a lighting scheme for a furniture layout
  • Applying symbols appropriate to industry lighting plans
  • Developing a lighting plan to meet a client brief

Professional Practice

This unit contains everything you need to know to help you set up your own interior design business. It also helps you identify other career opportunities within Interior Design, such as working within an established design practice or studying for a degree. This unit also includes:

  • How to set up an interior design business
  • How to charge for your design service
  • Different marketing methods
  • Sourcing suppliers and using trade accounts
  • Identifying other career opportunities within interior design
  • Working within a design practice
  • Studying for a degree

Next Available Studio Course Dates

All studio courses run 9am – 4.30pm, and include up to 10 weeks home study after studio sessions.

2 Week In-Studio Course

1st Week:

2nd Week:

Saturday Course

Includes all of the following dates in 2020:

11th, 18th, 25th, January

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th February

7th, 14th March

In-Studio Dubai

Course fee
$ 2,950 Payment on enrolment
  • Price in US Dollars
  • 2 Week or Saturday courses
  • Limited spaces available, enrol now!

Why Choose This Course?

Get In Touch

Our Studio

The NDA Dubai studio is ideally situated at Dubai Knowledge Village. All our Weekday and Saturday In-Studio Diploma courses take place here. 

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your study options further, one of our tutor team will be happy to welcome you in-studio.

The Progression Agency FZ-LLC Office, Block 2b, First Floor F29, Knowledge Village, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, PO Box 333207

Ready to pursue your passion for Interior Design?

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