Equipment & Resources

What will you need to study?

The equipment and resources you require may differ dependent on the level and subject that you study

Computer & Software

You will need access to a computer with an active internet connection in order to use the interactive learning resources on the Virtual Learning Studio, and other equipment and resources listed at the bottom of this page.

This can be either a Windows or Mac OS X based machine.

Operating SystemWindows 7 (minimum); Windows 10 (recommended), Mac OS X 10.10 (minimum); macOS 10.13 (recommended)
Processor64-bit Intel CPU (Intel Core Duo CPU, 2 GHz or faster recommended)
RAM4 GB (minimum); 8 GB (recommended)
Hard Drive12 GB free space (not including software installation)
Screen Resolution1024 x 768 or greater
BrowserLatest versions of: Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari (macOS)
Diploma StudentsAn office package, such as MS Office or OpenOffice; which includes a word processor, a spreadsheet application and a presentation application (e.g., Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Although not required for the Diploma course AutoCAD is included Free to all NDA students.
Degree studentsA graphical editing application, such as Adobe Photoshop. A computer aided design application, such as Google SketchUp (free), AutoCAD (is included Free to all NDA students) or VectorWorks.

Design Equipment & Materials

In addition to your online study and use of computer software, students may/will also be required to complete work by hand. Please see below a list of recommended design equipment and materials needed for each NDA course subject.

All items are available as a ‘kit’ from the online NDA Art Shop, at student prices.

A Scale Rule with 1:10, 1:20, 1.50 and 1:100 scalesA3 Paper
Scalpel and bladesA3 Tracing Paper
Steel RulerA3 Card
Cutting MatDrawing Pens 0.5, 0.3 and 0.1
Set square (this does not have to be adjustable)An A3 or A2 drawing board (this is optional but highly recommended for a professional finish)


View Online & Studio Course Fabric Requirement List here

3 Metres Buckram1/2 Metre Adhesive Loop Velcro
A3 size piece of Hessian3 Metres Sew-On Loop Velcro
1 x Curtain Pelmet and Return10cm Sew-On Hook Velcro
2 x Brass Rings2 Metres Header Tape
8 x Plastic Buttons1 x Button Maker
16 x Plastic Rings4 Metres Piping Cord
4 x Lead WeightSafety Toggles
3/4 Metre ZippingRotary Head Rail with Breakaway Safety Devise
2 x SliderCutting Mat (optional but recommended for a professional finish)
 ScissorsCushion Stencil (optional but recommended for a professional finish)
 Cutting Grid (optional but recommended for a professional finish)
A Scale Rule with 1:10, 1:20, 1.50 and 1:100 scalesPencil
Adjustable set squareDrawing Pens 0.5, 0.3 and 0.1
A3 PaperWatercolour pencils
A3 Tracing PaperAn A3 or A2 drawing board (optional but highly recommended for a professional finish)
Digital camera (optional)/access to an A3 scanner or photocopier (usually available at a local print shop if you do not have access at home)
Books or online recommended reading texts for degree courses. Free access to all UK university libraries included for NDA degree students

NDA Art Shop

Please visit the NDA online Art Shop which provides complete Professional Interior Design, Workroom Products and Technical drawing kits. These include the majority of equipment you will need to study each specific NDA course.