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.
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.
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.
You will study ten dedicated units during this Professional Diploma
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:-
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Images of our talented Diploma students hard at work in our In-Studio sessions
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All fees in US dollars.
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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