National Design Academy will offer the UK’s first Interior Design degrees in Retail, Heritage and Outdoor Living

During Universities week, the National Design Academy in Nottingham will be the first educational provider in the UK to offer design-related degrees in Retail, Heritage and Outdoor Living by distance learning. The approval of these 5 degrees by Staffordshire University will enhance the range currently offered and provide greater choice and specialisation.

Building on the success of the BA (Hons) and Foundation Degree in Interior Design, these further degree courses will be available from 1st August 2011. The National Design Academy is the only design school to offer specialist qualifications in these areas.

RETAIL DESIGN: This focuses on understanding the customer experience in order to create innovative interiors and retail spaces that entice people inside and provide them with an interesting and enjoyable experience. Understand the history of retailing and its development into the modern day iconic buildings and interiors. A combination of interior design and shopping – who could resist?

HERITAGE INTERIOR DESIGN: Creating sympathetic interior design for period properties, either restoring and designing to the date of construction or creating contemporary interiors within period properties with all the challenges that that entails. Listed, non-listed, grand or small this will suit budding designers with a keen interest in period properties. It will also appeal to those working as volunteers within heritage properties who would like to expand their knowledge and gain a degree.

DESIGN FOR OUTDOOR LIVING- BA (Hons): Designing the transitional space between the inside and outside, extending the interior design to the adjacent area outside. Create beautiful Patios, terraces, pool areas; even balconies deserve the same TLC as the interior space. Discover residential and commercial uses for hard landscaping, outdoor furniture and accessories, lighting, water features, plants and planting. This is not a gardening course but will draw on skills from the FdA Interior Design (or similar level course) to achieve this rapidly emerging new design specialism.

For over 23 years the National Design Academy has been a Centre of Excellence for Interior Design and with over 1500 students, are the largest provider of nationally accredited Interior Design courses in the UK, both in studio and by distance learning. Qualifications include Diplomas, Foundation Degrees and BA (Hons) in a range of design-related disciplines.

If you want to know more information about the new courses you can visit, call them on 0115 91234 12 or book on an open day.

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