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Last chance for funded Interior Design Degree

Distance learning Interior Design School, The National Design Academy (NDA), is reducing its Diploma course fees to make them even more affordable and to encourage more students to fast track onto a Degree course before the government cuts higher education funding, causing huge fee increases from September.

Until 30 April, NDA’s Diploma in Professional Interior Design and Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings will only cost £250 (down from £395) for those students eligible for funding*. A further £50 off is available if the course is paid for in full before the start date, reducing the price to £200.

These courses are flexible and can be studied via part-time distance learning allowing students to continue with existing work and family commitments. For students who would rather study face to face with a tutor, the funded* cost for the In-Studio course has dropped to £400 (down from £595).

These new Diploma prices apply regardless of whether students intend to progress onto a Degree or not and no special entry requirements are needed, but once completed they do provide a basis for starting a new career in an exciting industry or access to a Degree programme.

NDA’s Diplomas are validated and accredited by AIM Awards as being equivalent to standard A-Level and provide a great introduction into interior design that will develop the skills and confidence required to work on projects for family and friends and the qualifications essential to progress onto a BA ( Hons ) Degree.

To enrol visit to www.nda.ac.uk/enrol and complete the enrolment form, or call their enrolment team on 01159 123412 and start your education today.

Points to remember

• Degree funding ends on 30 August. Students must be enrolled before this date to still receive funding for a Degree. After this you can access a student loan.

• Diploma prices dropped to allow students to ‘fast track’ onto a Degree course before the government cuts its funding and fees go up in August.

• Instalment plans are available to help spread the cost.

*Funded prices apply to residents of England, Northern Ireland, The Channel Islands, Gibraltar and BFPO. Please see the website for full funding eligibility. http://www.nda.ac.uk/funding/

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New year. New career?

“I wish I could make a living doing something I loved” – Sound familiar? Many of us think along these lines at the beginning of a new year; Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are over and people are faced with going back to a job that they most likely aren’t very excited about.

But that doesn’t have to be the case! The beauty of being a Human is that we can make choices and we can change things. It’s often just our insecurities that prevent us from taking the plunge, our overactive imaginations asking questions like: “What if I can’t make it in a new career?”, “What if I try it and don’t like it?”, “What if I don’t have time to study a new course?”

The problem is they are all negative “What if” questions, try asking yourself some positive “What if” questions too, like: “What if I start on the path to a new career and find it inspiring and rewarding?”, “What if I discover something new about myself?”, or “What if it makes my life more satisfying?”

The problem with asking yourself “What ifs?” is you can never truly know the answers unless you take a course of action, and with a change in career that often involves doing a course and re-educating yourself, which in itself is a scary prospect and adds to the negative “What ifs”.

Distance learning means that you can fit doing a course around your job and your home life, yes it will be hard work, but changing your career should be a challenge, albeit an enjoyable one.

The biggest “What if” around education at the moment is of course this years hike in enrolment fees; “What if I can’t afford to do the course?”, but if you are interested in learning Interior Design then I must remind you that if you enrol and start a degree course with our friends at distance learning college, The National Design Academy, before July this year, you will still receive government funding.

If you don’t qualify for a degree course yet, NDA also provide Level 3 Diploma’s in Interior Design from £395 that anyone can do and then progress on to a degree. If you are unemployed and receiving benefits the diploma is only £105.

I know I’ve gone on about this before, but if money is an issue (when is it not?) then now is the time to decide if you can start on the path to a new Interior Design career, because it might never be this cheap to study Interior Design in the UK again.

More information about funding and course fees at The National Design Academy can be found here and here.

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Adult Learners Week open day goes down a treat!

To celebrate Adult Learners Week, the National Design Academy, who specialise in Interior Design distance learning courses, held a special open day on Saturday which went down a real treat with visitors and received a huge amount of positive feedback.

The team were thrilled with how many people came along to find out more about our range of courses and how distance learning works. The atmosphere was buzzing and people were really keen to know more about what they would be studying, how the courses are delivered and what students have achieved since studying. Continue reading


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Get ready for The National Design Academy open day this Saturday!

People are scrambling to get themselves on this weeks open day on Saturday, word travels fast and looks like there will be a full house. Literally! thedesignhub wish all the staff at the National Design Academy the best of luck and all of those attending to have a fantastic time, ask lots of questions and take the LEAP OF DESIGN!


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Alternative routes to a Degree in Interior Design

AS THE NEW YEAR sets in, we all start to think about our goals for the coming year, but many resolutions are chucked out the window after a few weeks. However,  those of us aspiring to develop ourselves further, don’t have to give up at the first hurdle. Design enthusiasts who want to build on their creative talents can flex those fingertips by opting for a unique way of learning. Continue reading


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