Online BA (Hons) Top-up

Interior Design

Start Date

Enrol at any time & choose your start date. No term times or semesters.

Course Duration

12 months flexible online study


No exams — Tutor assessment only & moderation by De Montfort University.

Affordable Fees

Low fees, and monthly payments for all students (student Loans available for UK students.)

Course Summary

The BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Interior Design consists of the final year from the full BA (Hons) Interior Design. For the first of your 3 modules you can choose to study Hotel Design or Exhibition Design depending upon which areas you would like to include in your professional portfolio.

This is followed by a self-selected research project in an area of design close to your heart. Your year will finish with your Design Based Final Project, which you will have developed in conjunction with your Personal Tutor.

Who Should Do This Course?

Those who wish to top-up their FdA, BTEC, HND or International 2 year degree in interior design to a full BA (Hons) Interior Design with just one year’s online study.  This is an ideal route to a career as a professional interior designer or to progress onto an M.A.  

Direct entry students, students transferring from another institution and international students with equivalent qualifications or alternatively, those with a CV and portfolio of relevant industry experience, are all welcome to apply: all applications are treated on an individual basis. There are no term times – so you can apply and start at any time.

Successful students completing this BA (Hons) top-up will receive a guaranteed place on the MA Interior Design with a generous progression scholarship.

Background – NDA BA (Hons) Student Work

Learning Online

Study flexibly online through our bespoke virtual learning studio (VLS)

The VLS is our exclusive, online resource which replaces the normal lectures given in Colleges and Universities. This provides links to other online resources and may contain videos, images, quizzes and lectures.

Students can rewind and re-watch until they are sure they have understood. No frantic note taking and no missing an important lecture! Study when and where it suits you!

The majority of NDA students will complete their BA (Hons) top-up Degree online in approximately one year, others may take a little longer and a few may need the maximum study time of 3 years.

Support & Guidance

Personal Tutors

Every NDA student has a Personal Tutor to guide them through their qualification. You have unlimited access to your tutor and can contact them by email, telephone, Skype or in-person as often as you wish.

Student Support Team

We also have a dedicated Student Support and Administration Team to help deal with any other queries such as payments, student loans advice and anything else you may need a helping hand with.

Our Student Helpline is available Monday–Friday from 9am–5pm.


You will not have to take an exam! Your tutor will assess your design projects as you submit them throughout the course and your portfolio is moderated by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) who will award your degree.

Student Loans

UK Student loans are the most popular way for NDA students resident in the UK to study as they cover the entire cost of their degree. Loans are not based on income or means tested and most students in England & Wales will qualify (Scotland & NI have different arrangements).


The BA (Hons) Top-Up Interior Design is awarded by our academic partner, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

What Will I Study?

You will study three modules for this BA (Hons) Top-up Degree

Exhibition Design

This module has two study options, which allows you to choose a project for your portfolio within the area of design that appeals to you most. Option 1 is exhibition design and within this you will explore the two main exhibition approaches; commercial trade shows and exhibitions within a gallery space. There are many elements to explore, including the visitor experience and branding.

Hotel Design

Option 2 for this module focuses on hotel design and tracks the evolution of this global industry. You will be given the opportunity to work with a building of your choice, developing an understanding for the impact a site will have on a target market and concept. This is a rich and diverse subject which will prove invaluable to anyone wanting to specialise in this area of design.

Research Study

It is at this stage of the course that you will truly get to choose the direction of the work you produce, starting with the research of a topic close to your heart. If there is an area of design that you are passionate about, then this is an exciting opportunity to incorporate this into your degree. Within this module you will write a dissertation, with the support and guidance of your tutor, who by now will have a great understanding of you and how you study. This dissertation will then feed into your final module; the independent study.

Independent Study

Building on the topic you have developed in the Research Study module, with the support of your tutor, you will be given double the amount of time of the previous modules, to focus on your chosen design based project. This will be the culmination of three years of hard work and will bring together all the skills you have learnt along the way. This module will provide you with visuals, presentation boards, development sketches and technical drawings to add to your portfolio.

Student Gallery

A sample of work completed by our talented interior design students

Entry Requirements


Applicants should hold one of the following:

English Language

The course is taught in English, so international students will require a good standard of written English to study. IELTS average 6.5 or TOEFL score of 550 is usually required, however all students are considered on an individual basis as we are aware that many international students have already been taught in English at school, college or university.

What's Next?


Student Spotlights

The interior design industry is growing year on year and the demand for qualified interior designers is on the rise globally. Have a look through our Student Spotlights to see what they have achieved.

BA (Hons) Top-up Degree Tuition Fees

Top-Up your Fda, HND
or BTEC to a BA (Hons)
with 1 year's online study
Tuition Fee £5,700
There are 3 ways for
UK students to pay
for their Top-Up Degree

UK Student Loan

No Upfront Fees!

One Payment

£ 5,700 On Enrolment

10 x Monthly Payments

£ 595 Per Month*
  • £5,950 in total

* Monthly payments include admin fee.

Top-Up your 2 year
degree to a BA (Hons) with 1 year's online study
Tuition Fee $7,950
There are 2 ways for
International students
to pay for their Degree:

One Payment

$ 7,950 On Enrolment
  • SAVE $650 by paying in full
Most Popular

10 x Monthly Payments

$ 8,600 In total*
  • $1,625 on enrolment
  • + 9 x $775 monthly payments

* Monthly payments include admin fee.
All fees in US Dollars.

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