Information For International Students

Welcome to the National Design Academy

NDA is delighted to welcome international students onto our interior design courses, which provide a unique opportunity to study online for an accredited British Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s degree without having to travel to the UK

  • Accredited

    All NDA Diploma and Degree courses are fully accredited British qualifications.

  • Affordable

    NDA is a not for profit organisation offering the lowest fees and scholarships to all our International students.

  • Flexible

    Choose your own start date, study around work and family commitments, from anywhere in the world.

  • Supported

    The only British design school with a guaranteed progression route from Diploma to Master’s degree.

  • Online & In-Studio

    Professional Diplomas, Bachelor’s Degrees, BA (Hons) Final Year Top-ups and Master’s (MA) Degree.

  • Trusted

    Providing interior design qualifications for over 30 years with Alumni of 30,000+ students in over 80 Countries.

Truly Flexible Study

You can gain the full range of qualifications offered by the National Design Academy by studying Interior Design Courses online without the need for a visa, at a fraction of the cost of studying full time at university in the UK.
NDA courses are the only truly flexible online interior design courses available.

Choose your own start date and study at any time that suits you from anywhere in the world. Contact your Personal Tutor as often as you wish at no extra cost by email, telephone and Skype. At NDA we treat every student as an individual with your own study plan to suit your lifestyle.

Studying with NDA

No Previous Qualifications?

Without previous qualifications you can start with one of our three Diploma courses: Professional Interior Design, Professional Garden Design or Professional Soft Furnishings & Curtain Making. Start your own design business, tackle your own projects more professionally or move to the next level with a guaranteed place on one of our online degrees.

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Guaranteed Progression

If you would like to go on to study for a degree online you can progress onto a BA (Hons) and then even a Master’s Degree (MA) and pay lower fees with an NDA Progression Scholarship.

Direct Entry onto an NDA Bachelor's, Final year Top-up or Master’s Degree

Direct entry or transfer onto any of our online degree courses is welcome at any level from students who have studied at another institution. International students are welcome.

Recognised Qualifications

NDA Diplomas are accredited by AIM Awards and Degrees are awarded by our academic partner De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

International Students will receive the same certificate issued to students studying at the University, certificates do not refer to Online Study.

The UK has a well-deserved global reputation for providing high quality and reputable higher education. There are 157 institutions in the UK that are permitted to award degrees. All these institutions have degree awarding powers recognised by the UK authorities (UK and Scottish Parliament, Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies).


Diploma Students

You do not require English Language qualifications to study a Diploma just a good standard of written English. Successful Diploma students will be accepted onto an NDA Bachelor’s Degree without IELTS.

Degree Students

Degree courses are taught in English, so international students will require a good standard of written English to study. If English is not your first language an IELTS average 6.5 or TOEFL score of 550 or equivalent is usually required. However, all students are considered on an individual basis and their individual ability with written English is taken into account.

Dubai In-Studio Course

We now run both Weekday and Saturday In-Studio Professional Interior Design Diploma courses from our Dubai Studios in Knowledge Village. There are limited spaces, don’t miss out—enrol now!

Our KHDA permit number is 62117 delivered through ‘The Progression Agency’.