The National Design Academy is a British design school providing interior design courses to educate students worldwide via online distance learning for design diplomas, degrees and masters courses.

Our courses

The National Design Academy is proud to offer a broad range of design courses that have been specially created to lead students from beginner level right up to a professional masters degree. All of our diploma courses are validated by AIM Awards whilst our degree courses are fully accredited by Staffordshire University, making them nationally and internationally recognised in most countries.

Why choose the
National Design Academy?

At the National Design Academy, design is our passion, we strongly believe in the value and beauty of interior design and aim to make this knowledge and level of education accessible to all. The National Design Academy offers a unique route into design education whilst still allowing students a flexible and integrated approach into a future career in interior design.

National Design Academy;
Home and Abroad

The flexibility and ease of study of the courses offered here at the National Design Academy means that many students across the globe have enrolled on one of our courses. At present we are proud to have students from over 60 different countries enjoying the challenges and depth of learning provided by a National Design Academy course.


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What our Students Say

I have enjoyed every minute of this BA (Hons) course. It lets you discover that anything is possible, that a project is infinite and there’s always something to do.

Juan Carvajal, BA (Hons) Interior Design

The course has been brilliant! A complicated package explained simply and effectively, at an excellent pace and with the tutor having fantastic knowledge of everything we threw at her!

AutoCAD 2 workshop

I have always wanted to understand the process of garden design and can now consider making a profession out of a passion.

Roy Davies, Diploma in Professional Garden Design Skills

A fantastic workshop! Informative and enjoyable; it is great what you can learn in just one day, with loads of great tips thrown in for good measure too!

Hand Drawing workshop

This course has given me the knowledge, both practical and theoretical to feel confident about starting my own curtain making business.

Julie Gibbs, Diploma in Professional Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings

An excellent course and content which I have learnt many new skills. All the Tttors are brilliant in their area of expertise and very patient when being bombarded with questions.

Professional Interior Design studio workshop

Having the option to study from a distance was the perfect solution for me at the time.

Joanna Ford, Diploma in Interior Design