In-Studio Diploma

Interior Design (UK)

Entry Requirements

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

Course Duration

2 weeks In-Studio + Up to 10 weeks home study - 12 weeks total


No exams — Portfolio assessment by your tutor and 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 can also progress to the next level with a guaranteed place on one of our online BA (Hons). 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.

Course Duration

The Diploma course consists of 5 days in-studio followed by 5 weeks home study, then a further 5 days in-studio with up to an additional 5 weeks to complete any project work for submission.

We are passionate about delivering high-quality courses to our students, and we believe that students learn faster in smaller groups, which is why we cap the number of students who can attend each course.

Next Available Studio Course Dates

Nottingham, UK

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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

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Images of our talented Diploma students hard at work in our In-Studio sessions

  • UK Government Funding (Diploma)

    UK residents pay approximately 50% course fees and funding from the UK government will pay the rest.

  • UK Government Student Loan (Diploma)

    No upfront course fees to find. If you are aged 19+ and have lived in England for 3+ years you are eligible.

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All NDA Professional Diplomas are accredited by AIM Awards. NDA is the only design school to be able to offer funding & student loans because our Diplomas are fully accredited.

In-Studio Diploma Course Fees

Full Course Fee £1,995
UK Government Funding
NDA Funded Course Fee £995
There are three ways for UK students to pay for their In-Studio Diploma:

One Payment

£ 995 On Enrolment
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3 x Monthly Payments

£ 368 Per Month*
  • £1,104 in total

UK Student Loan

Covers Full Course Fee
£ 50 Admin Fee
  • on enrolment refundable
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* Monthly payments include admin fee.

International students have a choice of two locations to study their In-Studio course:


$ 2,950 On Enrolment



All fees in US dollars.

What's Next?

Higher Education

Once you have successfully completed the NDA Diploma in Professional Interior Design, you will be offered a guaranteed place onto one of our BA (Hons) degrees 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. Many of our Diploma students start their own business and study for their degree flexibly alongside their client projects.

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