About us

We are proud to have over 25 years experience offering UK and overseas students a range of online interior design courses.

The company may have evolved, developed and improved over these past 25 years but the core ethos of the National Design Academy has always remained the same; to provide flexible and accessible design education to all students.

International Students

The National Design Academy has students from over 60 countries, studying for interior design related diplomas or degrees online via our Virtual Learning Studio website.

Enroling on an online distance learning course means that students are able to achieve a fully accredited British qualification from the comfort of their own home, without the need to comply with visa regulations.

All courses at the National Design Academy are delivered in English. Consequently all international students will be required to prove that they hold sufficient English language skills. Popular accepted qualifications include:

  • IELTS average 6
  • TOEFL score of 550
  • BA (Hons) Degree in English as a Foreign Language

In 2013 the National Design Academy opened a student services office in Dubai to increase interaction with our UAE students. We have a highly esteemed bi-lingual design tutor who is based full time in the Dubai office enabling the National Design Academy to create closer ties with our increasingly growing Arabic speaking student base. UAE based students are encouraged to pop in and visit the Dubai office whenever required.


Why Choose the National Design Academy?

Design is our passion and we strongly believe in the importance and beauty of interior design education. The company offers a unique route into academia whilst still allowing students a flexible and integrated approach into a future career in interior design.

Below we hear from Helen Keighley, Director of Quality and Business at the National Design Academy, about why she believes the NDA is a great option for students across the globe as well as a bit of background into the reasons behind setting up this prestigious academy.


Our Aim

Here at the National Design Academy we are passionate about encouraging and supporting all of our students to help them further their careers by expanding their knowledge of interior design and other design related areas. We deliver education and training for the design industry through studio or online distance learning courses and specialise in creating flexible, part-time programmes to fit around every day work or family commitments. This approach enables our students to successfully gain qualifications at Diploma, Bachelors Degree or Masters Level, all of which are nationally and internationally recognised in most countries.

High Quality, Flexible Approach

The National Design Academy is often celebrated for delivering high quality, fully accredited courses that are accessible to all as well as offering the UK's only online Masters Degree in Interior Design and the UK's only online BA (Hons) Degree in Heritage Interior Design as well as Retail Design.

Through our partnership with Staffordshire University, we train and develop interior design students to become experts in the field and help each individual student gain in confidence when looking to progress onto individual projects or setting up new design businesses. Each year around 150 National Design Academy degree students are invited to an elaborate graduation ceremony at Trentham Gardens at Staffordshire University. This is always a wonderful day to attend and many a proud face can be seen beaming from the audience.