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1 Dear Design Enthusiast, Welcome to the National Design Academy, NDA has been established for over 25 years, and is the UK s leading provider of fully accredited Interior Design courses. We offer flexible, part-time courses that fit around your work and family commitments; from Diploma courses to BA (Hons) Degrees and Master s Degrees. Study online through the NDA s own Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) and gain qualifications that are recognised throughout this vibrant and lucrative industry. NDA Diploma courses attract significant Government Funding for students. This is why our course fees are substantially lower than other design schools. We offer Diplomas in Interior Design, Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings and Garden Design. All NDA Diplomas are accredited by AIM Awards. All NDA Degrees are awarded by Staffordshire University, our long-established partner. In addition to BA (Hons) Degrees in several design subjects, NDA offers the UK s only Interior Design Master s Degree online. NDA trains more interior design graduates than any other UK university. NDA Degrees are half the price of most degrees from UK Universities, and by studying online there are no accommodation costs. Most UK degree students will qualify for a student loan to pay for their course, which means there are no up-front fees to pay. Student loan repayments only start after 3 years and ONLY then if you earn over 21,000 per year. Until your earnings reach this sum you make no repayments. (Should you wish to pay your own fees, extended payments are available). If you have little or no design experience, start with an NDA Diploma Course, which will give you the skills required to design your own projects or to start your own small business to help family and friends with theirs. For a career in interior design you can then progress onto a degree course with the same flexible method of study. There are no examinations for our courses; all progress is through assignments. If you need help, our experienced tutor team are happy to provide support through the NDA helpline, or personal tutorial. You can also exchange ideas and share your work with fellow students on our lively VLS forum. Most importantly, NDA programmes are industry-led. We provide our students with the best preparation for a career in design, and the commercial and entrepreneurial skills to start their own business. Over the past 25 years NDA has trained thousands of successful interior designers, many of whom are now running their own business or working for prestigious design practices around the world. At NDA we are passionate about design and helping our students to achieve their goals. If you would like to know more about our courses or would like advice on career change opportunities, please contact us or visit our website at I hope you enjoy reading our prospectus. Pauline Riley Academy Director 3

2 Contents Welcome to the National Design Academy 10 Reasons for Studying with NDA 5 How Can Interior Design be Taught Online? 6 How Students Study Online 7 Open Days 8 Workshops 9 Finance & Funding 10 Graduation 12 Diploma Units 13 Degree Modules 14 Diploma Diploma in Professional Interior Design 17 Diploma in Professional Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings 21 Diploma in Professional Garden Design 25 BA (Hons) Degree BA (Hons) Degree Interior Design 30 BA (Hons) Degree Retail Design 31 BA (Hons) Degree Design for Outdoor Living 32 BA (Hons) Degree Heritage Interior Design 33 BA (Hons) Degree Venue Design 34 Advanced Diploma in Higher Education (Interior Design) 35 Masters Degree Masters Degree Interior Design - MA 36 Degree Modules 37 Case Study Reasons for Studying with NDA Advantages and Benefits of NDA Programmes 1. NDA programmes can be studied online anywhere in the world. 2. NDA offers a full range of British interior design qualifications enabling students with no experience to start on a Diploma programme and then progress to a BA (Hons) Degree followed by the Masters Degree (MA). 3. All qualifications are externally validated and accredited. All diplomas are validated by AIM Awards. All degree courses are awarded by Staffordshire University. 4. You may choose when you start a programme and this will produce an independent learning plan with individual target dates. There are no set semesters or terms. 5. You will have a personal tutor and you may telephone, or Skype your tutor within the working week (9-5 Monday to Friday). Accreditation and Associations Staffordshire University NDA is in partnership with Staffordshire University. All NDA BA (Hons) Degrees and Masters Degrees are awarded by Staffordshire University and are internationally recognised. partnerships/nda/index.jsp AIM Awards AIM Awards is an independent awarding organisation which is recognised by the Regulatory Authorities of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. All National Design Academy diplomas are fully validated by AIM Awards. aimawards.org.uk/wpcontent/uploads/units/spec_documents/ AIM-Awards-Suite-of- Interior-Design-Skills-- QCF--Qualifications-V3.pdf 6. Certificates do NOT state that the course was studied online. 7. NDA Degrees are half the cost of degrees from most other UK Universities. NDA Diploma courses attract significant government funding for students resident in England; this is not means tested and most students will qualify, irrespective of their family circumstances. This funding will substantially reduce your course fee! NDA is a Not for Profit company, therefore profits are used to maintain low fees, for the benefit of our students. 8. You may pay for NDA courses in instalments, allowing the cost to be spread (certificates will be issued once all monies have been received and the course has been successfully completed). 9. All degree students will receive a free AutoCAD or Vector Works software licence for 3 years. 10. All students will receive free student membership of the British Institute of Interior Design. UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills There are 157 institutions in the UK that are permitted to award a wide variety of degrees to suit most educational aspirations. The National Design Academy is listed within the listed bodies of Recognised UK Degrees, ensuring your qualification is nationally and internationally recognised. BIID Occupying the positions of Education Director and Membership Committee Member, two of the National Design Academy directors take an active role in the running of the British Institute of Interior Design which is the regulatory and professional association for interior designers in the UK. 4 5

3 How Can Interior Design be Taught Online? We are often asked this question. Thousands of successful students over 25 years confirm that our teaching and support is second-to-none. NDA programmes give students the tools and knowledge to allow them to develop their own creativity and will allow individuality to emerge through: The Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) The Virtual Learning Studio is our exclusive, online learning platform that allows our global community of learners to access programme material, their tutors and each other. It is easy to use and provides simple access to all information. Good as always, plenty of information when needed. Really good. The autocad was particularly helpful. I am amazed at the thorough help you provide for your students. Student evaluation comments regarding the VLS Programme Content Students have access to a detailed online resource which replaces the normal lectures given in colleges and universities. This provides links to other online resources and may contain videos, images, quizzes and other detailed information. 99% of students rate the induction module as good, very good or excellent Annual Monitoring Staffordshire University Communication with Other Students and their Work The online Community allows students to interact with other students, ask questions, share work and gain support from over 2000 online students and graduates. It s good to have a section where students can show their work and as I m a foreigner, it s good for students from the same country to interact. It s easy to fi nd students by country. I think it s a great site to connect with people doing the same courses. VLS survey of Students Support All students have an allocated tutor to guide them through their qualification and they can contact their tutor by telephone, or Skype. The panel commended the student support and engagement provided by tutors and noted that tutors were able to respond quickly to questions or requests for support via telephone or . The team were commended on pro-active steps to identify and contact students who were at risk from disengaging from the programme in order to provide further encouragement, support or guidance. Staffordshire University Quinquennial Review Examples of Student Work The best demonstration of the results of online study with NDA is provided by the gallery of students work available on our website. All this work has been produced by students studying online and you will be able to see for yourself the high standards on display. Once again, I would like to commend the Director of Quality and the staff team for their contribution to enhancing the online student experience resulting in the production of consistently high quality visual work aligned with the vocational requirements and demands of employers and the design sector. External Examiners Report How Students Study Online Students may ask if online learning is difficult. This is a step-by-step description of how a student will study. 1. Students log onto the VLS and complete an online induction which introduces them to their tutor, the VLS and all the information about how the programme will be studied. 2. Students complete a short worksheet on the information covered to ensure that they understand how the programme will be delivered. They then upload this to complete the induction process. 3. The next module is then automatically released. 4. Students will see their personal deadline and how many days they have to complete the module. 5. The student reads the module content and, for degree students, reads more extensively from the reading list supplied online and in the Student Handbook. 6. While they are studying, formative tasks are set to help develop the requisite skills and knowledge. These are assessed but do not form part of the final assessment. 7. The module assignment tasks can be accessed and the student completes all the tasks and uploads their work through the VLS. 8. While they are completing the individual module assignments, students can upload their work to their tutor for feedback before finally submitting it for marking. 9. The tutor provides detailed written feedback against each assessment criteria and will also provide specific information regarding how the student can improve their performance in the future. 10. Tutorials are available on request from students and can be conducted by telephone, or Skype. Virtual Learning Studio 6 7

4 Open Days Open Days are always popular events, they give you the opportunity to visit the National Design Academy at our beautiful riverside office in Nottingham. You can meet our fully qualified tutors and gather more in-depth information about our many design programmes. These days are also a fantastic way to meet other potential design students in a luxurious yet relaxed setting. Our Open Days are often praised for their informative yet relaxed content whilst offering a great opportunity for you and your families to talk to the Academy s Directors and Tutors about studying with NDA. At each open day you will be able to see examples of student work for all the courses and receive detailed information about how the course is delivered through our online Virtual Learning Studio. You can get advice on which is the most appropriate programmes for you and bring any portfolio evidence that you would like to be considered. Each Open Day aims to give you a real feel for interior design, as well as offering us a chance to discuss in depth the different programme options available and evaluate previous qualifications and experience. The National Design Academy Open Days are held on a monthly basis from 9.45am - 1pm. For future dates please visit: Workshops Here at the National Design Academy we believe that education should be accessible to all, which is why we offer online programmes with the option of attending additional design workshops throughout the year. These workshops are aimed at NDA students who are presently undertaking one of our many interior design programmes as well as external students and those already working in the industry, who wish to learn more about a specific design element. The main programmes that we offer on our workshops are: AutoCAD Level 1* AutoCAD Level 2* Hand Drawing Introduction to SketchUp* Photoshop Level 1* Photoshop Level 2* Rendering Technical Drawing Visual Presentation *These workshops are available online via the National Design Academy website at a cost of 20 per download to NDA Students, 25 to non NDA students. This means that all of these workshops are available globally. Each workshop will run from 9:30-16:30 and is held at The National Design Academy in Nottingham. A day-long workshop costs just 75 for NDA students and 90 for non-nda students. To book your place on one of our many workshops, please either reserve your place online by visiting: or alternatively call

5 Funding: Diploma Courses Finance & Funding: Degree Courses NDA Diploma courses attract significant government funding for students residing in the UK. This is not means tested and most students will qualify, irrespective of their family circumstances. Funding will substantially reduce your course fee. What does funding mean? In the UK, the British government seeks to encourage training in order to develop a competent, productive workforce. This helps to reduce the cost of courses so that more people can access them. In effect the government is subsidising the course. Which NDA courses are eligible for funding? ALL NDA Diploma courses qualify for funding, Professional Interior design, Professional Garden Design and Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings. How does the funding system work? NDA will access funding for you, through their partnerships with Leicester College and Boston College. In return for reduced course fees, students agree to complete their course by a specified target date set by the college. Target dates allow you plenty of time to complete the course. Who is eligible for funding? You must be aged 19 years+ there is no maximum age You must have a UK address If these points apply to you your course is eligible for funding Are NDA diploma courses eligible for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan? Yes. As NDA diploma courses are accredited at Level 3 they qualify for the loan scheme. If you were aged 24 by 31st August 2014, you may be eligible for a 24+ student loan. This means that you can borrow all the money for your Diploma course and will only start to repay when you personally earn over 21,000.p.a. If you never earn 21,000 you will not need to repay ANY of the money. Complete the enrolment and select the 24+ Loans option. NDA will contact you with further details. Is it possible to pay the student fee in instalments? Yes. You can pay for all NDA courses in monthly instalments, see the Course Fees page on the NDA website. How do I access funding for my Diploma course? Complete your Diploma application form online and answer the eligibility questions, based on the points listed above. If you qualify, the form will automatically show the funded price. NDA will arrange for funding through one of its F.E. partner colleges. If you are unemployed and qualify for the additional funding, you pay just the small enrolment fee. You will be contacted by NDA to provide proof of your benefit allowance. INDA Degrees are half the price of most degrees from UK universities; by studying online there are no extra accommodation costs. NDA provides a flexible, affordable way to gain your degree, alongside home and work commitments. Is there financial help for part-time degree courses? Yes. Part-time degree students are now able to apply for a student loan Who is eligible for a student loan? You must be studying in England (Wales, Northern Ireland & Scotland have their own student loans systems see Fees, Funding & Finance page for details) You must have an English address You must not already have gained a degree You must be studying for a Foundation Degree or BA (Hons), student loans are not available for the MA If you meet these four points you are likely to qualify for a student loan. Student loans are not means tested and not affected by family income. You may choose to borrow all or some of the fees required for your course. Student loan repayments are due to start after 4 years but only if you are earning at least 21,000. Until you reach this threshold you make no repayments You will then repay just 9% of any income above 21,000. For example, if you earn 22,000 per year you will repay just 7 per month For more information see the Fees, Funding & Finance page, the NDA website or contact Student Finance England If I choose to pay my own fees, can I pay by instalments? Yes. It is possible to pay for all NDA courses by monthly instalments. See the Fees, Funding & Finance page. Is there extra help for disabled students? A disabled student s allowance may also be available for students with a qualifying disability. This is funded by Student Finance England. Further information can be found at or alternatively please call Is there further fees, funding or finance information and support? Yes. Please contact our admissions team on and they will be pleased to help

6 Graduation Diploma Units: Diploma courses consist of 11 Units All the National Design Academy degree programmes are fully accredited by Staffordshire University and, on successful completion of your degree, you will be invited to attend a prestigious graduation ceremony in the picturesque setting of Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire each year in July. Diploma in Professional Interior Design Diploma in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings Diploma in Professional Garden Design Just before the graduation ceremony, you will recieve an invitation to the private NDA reception. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to get to know other graduates whilst also meeting your personal tutor face-to-face. This is always a lively occasion and we warmly welcome family members to join in with the celebrations. During the ceremony, graduands will be presented to the Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University, proudly watched from the podium by the NDA s expert design tutors. The end of the ceremony sees a joyful applause from friends and family of all students as the graduates pass through a guard of honour is provided by Staffordshire University academic staff. Every year, the National Design Academy posts a video and many photographs onto the NDA website allowing you the opportunity to relive this delightful experience and download the photographs. Graduation day is truly a wonderful way to celebrate with friends, family and fellow students and allows you a chance to proudly reflect upon your academic achievements. Full Time Part Time Interior Design in Context Fabric Selection and Colour Theory The Background to Garden Design Design Inspiration: The Role of the Interior Designer Estimation for soft furnishings Understanding the Role of a Garden Designer Colour Theory Mitres, Hand-stitching Techniques and Presentation Techniques Pattern Matching Drawing Plans and Elevations Lined and Interlined Curtain Construction Understanding the Components of Garden Design Space Planning Constructing Hand-Sewn Buckram Headers Understanding Plants Soft Furnishings Constructing Piped Crescent Tie Backs and Selecting Plant Types for Garden Design Flange Cushions Wall and Floor Finishes Constructing a London Blind Using Hard Landscaping Materials Furniture Styles and Accessories Constructing a Roman Blind Selecting Furniture and Features Creative Lighting Constructing a Padded Pelmet Produce a Garden Design Professional Practice for Interior Design Setting up a Soft Furnishings Business Professional Practice for Garden Design Final Project Constructing Piped Cushions, Swags and Final Project Tails Approximately 3-6 months (flexible) Approximately 3-6 months (flexible) Approximately 3-6 months (flexible) Approximately 6-15 months (flexible) Approximately 6-15 months (flexible) Approximately 6-15 months (flexible) 12 13

7 BA (Hons) Degree Modules BA (Hons) Degree Modules Masters Degree Modules University year 1 University year 2 Level BA (Hons) Interior Design * BA (Hons) Retail Design * BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design 4 Research Skills and Contextualisation 1 Research Skills and Contextualisation 1 Research Skills and Contextualisation 1 4 Space Planning 2 Space Planning 2 Space Planning 2 4 Design in Historical Context 3 The Customer Experience 13 Design in Historical Context 3 4 Creative Lighting and Technology 4 Branding 14 Traditional Design Techniques 18 5 Sustainable Design and Technology 5 Visual Communication and Merchandising 15 Design for Listed Buildings 19 5 Home Staging and Show Home Design 6 Sustainable Design and Technology 5 Wall, Floor and Window Treatments for Heritage Buildings 5 Professional Practice 7 Professional Practice 7 Professional Practice 7 5 Furniture and Furnishings 8 Commercial Project 16 Commercial Project 16 * 20 University year 1 University year 2 Level BA (Hons) Design for Outdoor Living * BA (Hons) Venue Design Level MA Interior Design 4 Research Skills and Contextualisation 1 The Creative Process 7 Advanced Research Methods 25 4 Space Planning 2 Communication & Presentation 7 Innovative Technology and Interior 4 Design in Historical Context 3 Materials 7 Trend Forecasting in Interior Design 27 4 Creative Lighting and Technology 4 Design in Historical Context 7 Cultural Contexts in Interior Design 28 5 Sustainable Design and Technology 5 Lighting & Technology 7 Interior Design Practice Management 29 5 Home Staging and Show Home Design 6 Statutory Approvals 7 Masters Project in Interior Design 30 5 Professional Practice 7 The Functional Interior 5 Furniture and Furnishings 8 Venue Design University postgraduate year 1 Design * 26 University year 3 6 Hotel Design Exhibition Design 9 10 Exhibition Design Retail Design in a Wider Context 9 17 Heritage Conversions 21 6 Research Project 11 Research Project 11 Research Project 11 6 Independent Study 12 Independent Study 12 Independent Study 12 University year 3 6 Design Technology and Materials for Outdoor Living 22 Professional Practice 6 Plants and Planting for Outdoor Living 23 Research Project 6 Research and Independent Study for Outdoor Living 24 Final Commercial Project *Further information on the content of the degree modules can be found at the end of the degree section. Use the number to find the correct module. *Further information on the content of the degree modules can be found at the end of the degree section. Use the number to find the correct module

8 Diploma Courses PROFESSIONAL INTERIOR DESIGN PROFESSIONAL CURTAIN MAKING AND SOFT FURNISHINGS PROFESSIONAL GARDEN DESIGN Diploma in Professional Interior Design The Diploma in Professional Interior Design offers students a fantastic introduction to the world of design. This award is equivalent to the qualifi cations gained when leaving school at the age of 18, e.g. A level, International Baccalaureate, High School Diploma etc. This course can replace a degree or university preparation course offered in some countries and can be used as entry onto a BA (Hons) Degree programme. It is also suitable for mature students without previous qualifications looking for a career change or to extend a hobby. Entry Requirements Students are required to have a good standard of written English and be able to read and understand English There are no academic requirements, just a keen interest in interior design! Online Study The course is delivered through online study that is accessed via our Virtual Learning Studio (VLS). The VLS is the website used by students to access course content and contact their personal tutor and other NDA students. This course is also available in studio, please see website for details. How Long Does the Course Last? Full time: Approximately 3-6 months. Part time: Approximately 6-12 months. All courses are flexible. Course Contents This course covers the following 11 units: Unit 1: Interior Design in Context Unit 2: Design Inspiration and the Role of the Designer Unit 3: Colour Theory Unit 4: Drawing Plans and Elevations Unit 5: Space Planning Unit 6: Soft Furnishings Unit 7: Wall and Floor Finishes Unit 8: Furniture Styles and Accessories Unit 9: Creative Lighting Unit 10: Professional Practice for Interior Design Unit 11: Final Project Qualifi cations Awarded The prestigious NDA Diploma in Professional Interior Design Aim Awards Diploma in Interior Design Skills Please note: Diplomas do not state that the student has studied online What s Next? Students can enrol on one of the BA (Hons) degrees, e.g. BA (Hons) Interior Design, BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design, BA (Hons) Retail Design or BA (Hons) Design for Outdoor Living Complete a home interior design project as a hobby Start their career in a design practice Start their own interior design business 16 17

9 Diploma in Professional Interior Design: Course Content Unit 1: Interior Design in Context This unit introduces interior design as a distinct discipline and looks at the underlying principles of designing for the interior. The elements of contemporary interior design; space, light, form, texture, colour, furniture and objects, will be explored as well as an overview of design in its wider context. This is underpinned by a thorough introduction to the historical development of interior design styles and their essential relationship with architecture and landscape. Unit 2: Design Inspiration and the Role of the Interior Designer Within this unit, the work of leading designers who are working within interior design will be explored. You will find out what inspires designers, where their concepts and ideas come from and how these ideas are developed by the designer into interior schemes. You will also look at how interior design may be loosely grouped into styles; and it may well be that a particular interest in a certain style of design such as International, Country, or Contemporary, may inspire a future career in the profession. You will be introduced to the practicalities of running an interior design project and the responsibilities of being an interior designer. There are many interesting facets to an interior designer s work which you will investigate during the unit including: the scale of projects you may undertake, tradesmen whose work you will co-ordinate and commission, the factors involved in selecting good products and managing the stages of design projects from initial contact through to project scheduling. Unit 3: Colour Theory Colour is an essential element of interior design. It is impossible to imagine a world without colour; it defines the way we see space, it gives shape to objects, it changes the appearance of walls or ceilings and it is present in absolutely every aspect of an interior. This unit investigates colour in all its forms; from the colour wheel and colour spectrum to the use of colour in interior design. The unit will develop your understanding of colour which, in turn will provide you with essential knowledge about using colour in interior design. Unit 4: Drawing Plans and Elevations Drawing, whether by hand or computer, is the way that information about an interior design scheme is communicated from the first proposal stage to the final technical drawing presented to a contractor. Plans and elevations are essential to that process and there are generally agreed principles for producing design drawings. These are called drawing conventions and are the recognised principles upon which a technical drawing should be based. This unit guides you through the process of producing a set of drawings including plans and elevations, symbols, title block and other information which may be required during the course of an interior design commission. Unit 5: Space Planning Space planning is another essential interior design skill which contributes to the design of good functional and practical interior design. It is during the space planning stage of a project that the movement of people through an interior is taken into consideration. Space planning skills are especially important when commercial interiors such as retail spaces or offices are involved but are just as valuable when planning a domestic kitchen or open- plan living area. They are absolutely essential when designing for smaller residential spaces such as apartments. Good space planning skills will make the movement through an interior safer, more efficient and more enjoyable. Unit 6: Soft Furnishings In this unit you will be able to recognise the suitability of fabrics for specific locations and functions and understand the legal requirements and commercial importance relating to fire retardant fabrics. You will understand how soft furnishings can change perceptions of height, width and light within a room and be able to select suitable fittings based on the style of headings, length and weight of fabric. Designers also need to know how to measure and estimate fabric requirements as they may be responsible for ordering fabric for a curtain maker. Unit 7: Wall and Floor Finishes The impact that wall and floor coverings have on an interior cannot be under-estimated; the combination of these elements sets the scene of the entire interior design scheme. Both light and sound are reflected or absorbed by these elements and furniture sits within them and is framed by them. This unit looks in detail at the choices, use and sources of wall and floor coverings, providing inspiration for a broad range of design approaches from traditional to contemporary. Unit 8: Furniture Styles and Accessories Furniture is an essential component of a designed interior and can establish the mood of a scheme more than any other element. From the earliest antiques to the most contemporary prototypes, this unit looks at the development, designers, manufacturers, auction houses and 18 19

10 suppliers of furniture from all over the world. From classical to contemporary, furniture has the power to make or break a design. You will also look at those designers, manufacturers and suppliers whose work influences the way we live today. Unit 9: Creative Lighting Lighting is one of the most complex and important design elements to understand. Creating an effective lighting scheme is as important a design decision as choice of colour, furniture and spatial layout and this unit will show you how to use light effectively within your designs. A large part of lighting design involves developing an understanding of the balance between light and shadow which is essential for creating interesting interiors. When used appropriately, lighting enhances an interior in a way that no other medium can match. The unit shows you how a lighting scheme should be developed alongside and be integral to an interior design scheme. Unit 10: Professional Practice for Interior Design Within this unit, an understanding of the importance of structuring a business will begin to be developed. Whether working within the creative industries or starting your own interior design studio, the importance of understanding good business practice cannot be overstated. It is possible to be a very creative and inspirational designer but this, on its own, does not mean that an interior design business will be successful. There are many skills associated with running an interior design business and this unit will guide you through the stages of establishing good business practice. Unit 11: Final Project This assignment will draw on all the information learnt on the programme applying it to a more challenging brief in order to meet level 3 criteria. It will include designing bespoke furniture, explanation and justification of material selection for walls, floors, furniture and sourcing suppliers. You will also look at fee structures. Diploma in Professional Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings The Diploma in Professional Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings offers students a fantastic introduction to the world of design. This award is equivalent to the qualifications gained when leaving school at the age of 18, e.g. A level, International Baccalaureate, High School Diploma etc. This course can replace a degree or university preparation course offered in some countries and can be used as entry onto a BA (Hons) Degree programme. It is also suitable for mature students without previous qualifications looking for a career change or to extend a hobby. Entry Requirements Students are required to have a good standard of written English and be able to read and understand English There are no academic requirements, just a keen interest in curtain making and soft furnishings Students are required to have a basic level of hand and machine sewing skills Online Study The course is delivered through online study that is accessed via our Virtual Learning Studio (VLS). The VLS is the website used by students to access course content and contact their personal tutor and other NDA students. This course is also available in studio, please see website for details. How Long Does the Course Last? Full time: Approximately 3-6 months. Part time: Approximately 6-12 months. All courses are flexible. Course Contents This course covers the following 11 units: Unit 1: Fabric Design, Selection and Colour Theory Unit 2: Estimation for soft furnishings Unit 3: Mitres, Hand-stitching Techniques and Pattern Matching Unit 4: Lined and Interlined Curtain Construction Unit 5: Constructing Hand-Sewn Buckram Headers Unit 6: Constructing Piped Crescent Tie Backs and Flange Cushions Unit 7: Constructing a London Blind Unit 8: Constructing a Roman Blind Unit 9: Constructing a Padded Pelmet Unit 10: Setting up a Soft Furnishings Business Unit 11: Constructing Piped Cushions, Swags and Tails Qualifications Awarded The prestigious NDA Diploma in Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings Aim Awards Diploma in Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings Skills Please note: Diplomas do not state that the student has studied online What s Next? Students can enrol on one of the BA (Hons) degree courses, e.g. BA (Hons) Interior Design, BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design, BA (Hons) Retail Design or BA (Hons) Design for Outdoor Living* Complete a home soft furnishings project as a hobby Set up their own professional soft furnishings work room Work in an existing soft furnishings business retail and production or with an interior design practice *Please note that it may be necessary to complete two additional units in Technical Drawing and Space Planning before enrolling on a BA (Hons) Degree 20 21

11 Diploma in Professional Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings: Course Content Unit 1: Fabric, Design Selection and Colour Theory In this unit you will recognise the use of elements, including texture, pattern, form and function in the selection of fabrics for soft furnishings. You will experiment with ideas, techniques and materials in order to develop an individual approach to the collection, recording and communication of information. You will understand current market trends and preferences within design applications, creating soft furnishing colour schemes for a range of contexts, including historical. The unit also recognises the technology employed within colour theory and describes the colour spectrum providing an understanding of the psychological associations of colour. Unit 2: Estimation for soft furnishings Designing a window treatment is a combination of creativity, practicality and accuracy. Windows are central to the ambience of an interior and frame the view to the outside world, as well as contributing to an evening ambience. As a result of this complexity, it may be useful to build up a checklist of considerations before embarking upon the design process itself. Unit 3: Mitres, Hand-stitching Techniques and Pattern Matching Mitres are used on corners as a way of distributing fabric evenly and hiding raw edges. Usually, true mitres are used on the bottom corners of curtains and false mitres are used on top corners (for example, when tucking fabric under heading tape) or on the top and bottom corners of valances. A variety of hand-stitching techniques, complementing your sewing machine techniques, are invaluable for the creation of quality curtains and soft furnishings. This unit develops the skills of pattern matching, enabling you to correctly position patterned fabrics appropriately for curtain making. You will learn specific stitching skills to ensure that the fabric is correctly positioned. This requires considerable accuracy using machine stitching to secure the match. These advanced techniques will enable you to be more productive in a commercial environment. Unit 4: Lined and Interlined Curtain Construction By the end of this unit, you will be able to recognise the fire retardant characteristics of a range of fabrics and know how to select suitable fabrics. You will be able to construct an interlined pencil pleat sample curtain and a lined pencil pleat sample curtain with a contrast leading edge. You will learn how to insert interlining, construct a contrast leading edge, attach lining and heading tape and construct a hem. You will also learn how to hand finish the relevant sections of curtains. Unit 5: Constructing Hand-Sewn Buckram Headers By the end of this unit, you will be able to construct a curtain valance sample to a finished width/drop specification using buckram. You will calculate, measure and construct the pleats for a range of hand-sewn headings. You will secure the lining and insert the buckram, produce a machine finish to the relevant sections of the valance sample and produce a hand finish to the relevant sections of the valance sample. You will also learn how to position and attach Velcro, as well as how to attach a contrast trim to a valance. Unit 6: Constructing Piped Crescent Tie Backs and Flange Cushions Bringing a finished scheme together is not just about finding the right furniture to suit the space. The finishing details are just as important. Choosing the right accessories, whether the smallest detail or largest focal point, can have a significant impact upon how a room creates a comfortable atmosphere. Whether by using just a simple piece of art or a combination of elaboratelydecorated items, it is possible to create an emphasis or focal point within a room that previously never existed. Unit 7: Constructing a London Blind This decorative blind can be used as an alternative to the Austrian blind and is less tailored and has more movement than a Roman blind. London blinds have inverted pleats which give the blind a little extra fullness and allow the hem to fall and form a scallop with drop sides. They are more suited to taller narrower windows but on wider windows an extra pleat can be added down the centre of the blind. Although it is possible to fit them in the recess of the window, they are more suitably placed outside the recess to dress the window

12 Unit 8: Constructing a Roman Blind Blinds are very versatile and can be made from the minimum amount of fabric. They can be contained within the limits of the window frame or placed outside the recess to dress the window. Blinds are a practical form of window treatment, often used in conjunction with curtains or dress curtains. Unit 9: Constructing a Padded Pelmet Pelmets and valances give a decorative and formal finish to the tops of curtains and, at the same time, hide the curtain heading and track from view. They can be used to create a dramatic effect and alter the proportions of a window. The pelmet or valance, for example, can be fixed higher than usual to make the window appear taller or extended at the sides to make it appear wider. Although they are often made from the same fabric as the curtains, they need not match. Unit 10: Setting Up a Soft Furnishings Business Within this unit, an understanding of the importance of structuring a business will begin to be developed. Whether working within the creative industries or starting your own soft furnishings workroom, the importance of understanding good business practice cannot be overstated. It is possible to be very creative making soft furnishings but this, on its own, does not mean that your business will be successful. There are a great many skills associated with running a business, some of which will be explored in this unit. Unit 11: Constructing Piped Cushions, Swags and Tails Swags and tails are the ultimate way to dress a window, creating a grand treatment that is suitable for formal rooms. They look sophisticated when made up in rich fabrics and trimmed with fringe. However, untrimmed swags and tails look much simpler and can be used in less formal settings, even kitchens and bathrooms. Generally-speaking, the wider the window the more swags there are in the design. Where there are windows of dissimilar widths in the same room, a narrow window could have a one-swag design and a wide window could have a three-swag design. Diploma in Professional Garden Design The garden is often considered to be an extension of the home and the Diploma in Professional Garden Design offers students the opportunity to learn the skills required to design the outdoor area. This award is equivalent to the qualifications gained when leaving school at the age of 18, e.g. A level, International Baccalaureate, High School Diploma etc. This course can replace a degree or university preparation course offered in some countries and can be used as entry onto a BA (Hons) Degree programme. It is also suitable for mature students without previous qualifications looking for a career change or to extend a hobby. Entry Requirements Students are required to have a good standard of written English and be able to read and understand English There are no academic requirements, just a keen interest in garden design! Online Study The course is delivered through online study that is accessed via our Virtual Learning Studio (VLS). The VLS is the website used by students to access course content and contact their personal tutor and other NDA students. How Long Does the Course Last? Full time: Approximately 3-6 months. Part time: Approximately 6-12 months. All courses are flexible. Course Contents This course covers the following 11 units: Unit 1: The Background to Garden Design Unit 2: Understanding the Role of a Garden Designer Unit 3: Presentation Techniques Unit 4: Understanding the Components of Garden Design Unit 5: Understanding Plants Unit 6: Selecting Plant Types for Garden Design Unit 7: Using Hard Landscaping Materials Unit 8: Selecting Furniture and Features Unit 9: Producing a Garden Design Unit 10: Professional Practice for Garden Design Unit 11: The Final Project Qualifications Awarded The prestigious NDA Diploma in Professional Garden Design Aim Awards Diploma in Garden Design Skills Please note: Diplomas do not state that the student has studied online What s Next? Students can enrol on one of the BA (Hons) degrees, e.g. BA (Hons) Interior Design, BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design, BA (Hons) Retail Design or BA (Hons) Design for Outdoor Living Complete a home garden design project as a hobby Set up a garden design business Work within a garden design or landscaping practice If this course is taken alongside an interior design qualification, following completion of both courses, students will be able to offer a fully comprehensive design service 24 25

13 Diploma in Professional Garden Design: Course Content Unit 1: The Background to Garden Design This unit investigates garden design through its history, styles and most influential designers. It explores the concept of a designed garden, from its early origins in the first civilisations, through its development over historical periods and between world regions. It then looks at some of the most influential designers of contemporary garden design and at the many garden design styles that are used today. Unit 2: Understanding the Role of a Garden Designer This unit introduces the processes and realities which make up a garden design project. It details the stages involved, understanding the client brief, site, contractors and specialist consultants which may be required. The unit describes how and why a good design brief is produced and used to guide a project towards completion; ensuring the ultimate success of a garden design through identifying and addressing the approaches used to fulfil the requirements of both client and site. Unit 3: Presentation Techniques Garden designers must understand and communicate the information from survey, analysis and design to clients. This unit looks at the thought processes and various technical skills which will be required for successful communication of garden design information and ideas. It covers the background to the various drawings types and styles that can be produced, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each type and indicating their most suitable applications and techniques. Unit 4: Understanding the Components of Garden Design This unit discusses how the components of garden design; the plants, boundaries, structures, ornaments, landforms and surfaces can be selected, arranged and combined to make gardens which are more than the sum of their parts. It shows how, on many levels and for any design, each component should be considered in relation to all the others and to the whole garden design vision. It considers the basic physical functions of allowing movement through the space and the control of emotional and intellectual experiences. Unit 5: Understanding Plants Planting is a key component which provides much of the character for the majority of gardens. This unit, the first of two specialist plant units, looks at the physical structure and features of different plant types. It also looks at the garden environment in which plants will thrive and reproduce: the light, water, air, nutrients and soil conditions which will affect their chances of success. Unit 6: Selecting Plant Types for Garden Design The second specialist planting unit expands upon the first, this time concentrating on the benefits that plants bring to a garden design, their visual features, arrangement and functional uses. It looks at how to source, select and design with the unique qualities of plants. It also introduces a range of commonly-used plants, identified by type and by specific species and their applications and uses. Unit 7: Using Hard Landscaping Materials This unit looks at the range of materials which can be used in the garden and the specific uses and applications for which each type is suitable, via their functional and visual qualities. It then considers the many external factors which need to be considered in the appropriate selection of materials, such as availability and cost, sustainability and realistic options for construction

14 Unit 8: Selecting Furniture and Features This unit discusses the types and uses of furniture and features which bring added functionality or enhanced experiences to the garden space for your client. It considers the requirements of style, budget and positioning of these additions. It also looks at additional elements such as lighting technologies and applications, the addition of water features and adding the fi nishing touches to a design through the sourcing of essential accessories or the positioning of sculpture. Unit 9: Producing a Garden Design This unit brings together all the design elements of the course;and shows how they can be woven together across the whole design spectrum to create integrated, harmonious garden designs. It links all the stages of the design process, from using the brief to generate concepts and ideas, through the development of the design, to the final detailed drawings which landscape contractors can use to build a scheme. Unit 10: Professional Practice for Garden Design This unit looks at the various skills and approaches which should be followed when practising and looking for work as a garden designer. This includes aspects of marketing and sourcing work, a professional approach to charging for work produced and the sourcing of suppliers and contractors for your client. It also looks at potential sources of employment and routes for progression. Unit 11: The Final Project This assignment will draw on all the information learnt on the course, applying it to a more challenging brief in order to meet level 3 criteria. It will include all elements involved in designing gardens including; understanding materials selection for hard landscaping, identifying and using furniture and features in garden design and understanding and designing with plants. Degree Programmes BA (HONS) INTERIOR DESIGN BA (HONS) RETAIL DESIGN BA (HONS) DESIGN FOR OUTDOOR LIVING BA (HONS) HERITAGE INTERIOR DESIGN BA (HONS) VENUE DESIGN ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN HIGHER EDUCATION (INTERIOR DESIGN) MA INTERIOR DESIGN 28

15 BA (Hons) Degree Interior Design The NDA BA (Hons) Degree is the ideal programme for anyone with creative interest who would like to enter a career as an interior designer, or would like to expand their skills and knowledge of the global design industry. Entry Requirements Students must hold one of the following: National Design Academy Diploma Level 3 in Interior Design or equivalent A Level in Art and/or Design or equivalent Art & Design Foundation Year (university or college) or equivalent Hold an in-depth portfolio of Interior Design experience HND in Interior Design or equivalent International Baccalaureate Art & Design High School Diploma containing Art & Design with portfolio Students who have completed a design-based 2 year university degree should be able to access the BA (Hons) Degree at Level 6 (modules 9-11) to study a BA top up year. All student applications will be considered individually. If students do not have the requisite qualifications, they may study an NDA Diploma course and this will provide entry to BA (Hons) Degree programmes. Students must have a good level of written English and be able to read English easily. It is NOT necessary to have good spoken English. Staffordshire University requires IELTS at Level 6.5, TOEFL 550 or an equivalent qualification. Programme Contents This programme covers the following 11 modules: Module 1: Research Skills and Contextualisation 1 Module 2: Space Planning 2 Module 3: Design in Historical Context 3 Module 4: Creative Lighting and Technology 4 Module 5: Sustainable Design and Technology 5 Module 6: Home Staging and Show Home Design 6 Module 7: Professional Practice 7 Module 8: Furniture and Furnishings 8 Module 9: Hotel Design 9 or Exhibition Design 10 Module 10: Research Project 11 Module 11: Final Project 12 Qualifications Awarded Students will receive a BA (Hons) Interior Design from Staffordshire University. Please note: Degree certificates do NOT state that the student has studied online What s Next? Students can enrol on the Masters of Art Interior Design Degree Establish their own commercial or residential interior design business Work as a freelance designer in the exciting world of interior design Work within a design practice Work within a property development company Work within an architect s practice Work as a freelance party or events designer Work as a specialist designer within the sustainability sector BA (Hons) Degree Retail Design The NDA BA (Hons) Degree is the perfect programme option for students who are fully dedicated to becoming an interior designer with a specialist interest in the retail area. Entry Requirements Students must hold one of the following: National Design Academy Diploma Level 3 in Interior Design or equivalent A Level in Art and/or Design or equivalent Art & Design Foundation Year (university or college) or equivalent Hold an in-depth portfolio of Interior Design experience HND in Interior Design or equivalent International Baccalaureate Art & Design High School Diploma containing Art & Design with portfolio Students who have completed a design-based 2 year university degree should be able to access the BA (Hons) Degree at Level 6 (modules 9-11) to study a BA top up. All student applications will be considered individually. If students do not have the requisite qualifications, they may study an NDA Diploma course and this will provide entry to BA (Hons) Degree programmes. Students must have a good level of written English and be able to read English easily. Staffordshire University requires IELTS at Level 6.5, TOEFL 550 or an equivalent qualification. Programme Contents This programme covers the following 11 modules: Module 1: Research Skills and Contextualisation 1 Module 2: Space Planning 2 Module 3: The Customer Experience 13 Module 4: Branding 14 Module 5: Visual Communication and Merchandising 15 Module 6: Sustainable Design and Technology 5 Module 7: Professional Practice 7 Module 8: Commercial Project 16 Module 9: Exhibition Design 9 or Retail Space in a Wider Context 17 Module 10: Research Project 11 Module 11: Final Project 12 Qualifications Awarded Students will receive a BA (Hons) Retail Design Degree from Staffordshire University. Please note: Degree certificates do NOT state that the student has studied online What s Next? Students can enrol on the Master of Arts Interior Design Degree programme Establish their own retail or exhibition design business Work as a freelance designer in the dynamic world of retail or exhibition design Work within a retail or exhibition design practice Work within a property development company specialising in shopping malls Work within an architect s practice Work as a specialist designer within the sustainability sector 30 31

16 BA (Hons) Degree Design for Outdoor Living The NDA BA (Hons) Degree is the ideal course for anyone who is serious about becoming an interior designer with a special interest in outdoor spaces. Entry Requirements Students must hold one of the following: National Design Academy Diploma Level 3 in Interior Design or equivalent A Level in Art and/or Design or equivalent Art & Design Foundation Year (university or college) or equivalent Hold an in-depth portfolio of Interior Design experience HND in Interior Design or equivalent International Baccalaureate Art & Design High School Diploma containing Art & Design with portfolio Students who have completed a design-based 2 year university degree should be able to access the BA (Hons) Degree at Level 6 (modules 9-11) to study a BA top up. All student applications will be considered individually. If students do not have the requisite qualifications, they may study an NDA Diploma course and this will provide entry to BA (Hons) Degree programmes. Students must have a good level of written English and be able to read English easily. Staffordshire University requires IELTS at Level 6.5, TOEFL 550 or an equivalent qualification. Programme Contents This programme covers the following 11 modules: Module 1: Research Skills and Contextualisation 1 Module 2: Space Planning 2 Module 3: Design in Historical Context 3 Module 4: Creative Lighting and Technology 4 Module 5: Sustainable Design and Technology 5 Module 6: Home Staging and Show Home Design 6 Module 7: Professional Practice 7 Module 8: Commercial Project 8 Module 9: Design Technology and Materials for Outdoor Living 22 Module 10: Plants and Planting for Outdoor Living 23 Module 11: Research and Independent Study for Outdoor Living 24 Qualifications Awarded Students will receive a BA (Hons) Design for Outdoor Living Degree from Staffordshire University. Please note: Degree certificates do NOT state that the student has studied online What s Next? Students can enrol on the Master of Arts Degree Interior Design programme Set up their own garden design business or work freelance in the exciting world of interior design Work as a freelance designer in the emerging and dynamic area of outdoor living design Work within a design practice, a property development company or an architect s practice BA (Hons) Degree Heritage Interior Design The NDA BA (Hons) Degree offers students the perfect introduction into the world of interior design with an emphasis on heritage style. Entry Requirements Students must hold one of the following: National Design Academy Diploma Level 3 in Interior Design or equivalent A Level in Art and/or Design or equivalent Art & Design Foundation Year (university or college) or equivalent Hold an in-depth portfolio of interior design experience HND in Interior Design or equivalent International Baccalaureate Art & Design High School Diploma containing Art & Design with portfolio Students who have completed a design-based 2 year university degree should be able to access the BA (Hons) Degree at Level 6 (modules 9-11) to study a BA top up. All student applications will be considered individually. If students do not have the requisite qualifications, they may study an NDA Diploma course and this will provide entry to BA (Hons) Degree programmes. Students must have a good level of written English and be able to read English easily. Staffordshire University requires IELTS at Level 6.5, TOEFL 550 or an equivalent qualification. Programme Contents This programme covers the following 11 modules: Module 1: Research Skills and Contextualisation 1 Module 2: Space Planning 2 Module 3: Design in Historical Context 3 Module 4: Traditional Design Techniques 18 Module 5: Design for Listed Buildings 19 Module 6: Wall, Floor and Window Treatments for Heritage Buildings 20 Module 7: Professional Practice 7 Module 8: Commercial Project 16 Module 9: Heritage Conversions 21 Module 10: Research Project 11 Module 11: Final Project 12 Qualifications Awarded Students will receive a BA (Hons) Heritage Interior Design Degree from Staffordshire University. Please note: Degree certificates do NOT state that the student has studied online What s Next? Students can enrol on the Master of Arts Interior Design Degree programme Establish their own heritage interior design business Work within a property development company specialising in heritage conversions Work within an architect s practice Work for an heritage agency such as the National Trust or international equivalent Work as a specialist designer within the sustainable heritage sector 32 33

17 BA (Hons) Degree Venue Design (Full time, subject to validation) This innovative new programme (to be launched January 2015) is aimed at the hardworking, prospective student who wants to maximise their chances of employment. Students will work in an interior design practice, located on a 737 aircraft. Students will work on live projects and develop the skills and knowledge through projects and online learning. University terms will not apply with students working for 46 weeks. Leading recruitment agents are backing this new venture and believe that graduates will have many advantages over conventional university students in terms of employment. Entry Requirements As a full time programme, students must apply through the UCAS system. Students must hold one of the following: National Design Academy Diploma in Interior Design A Level 240 points or equivalent Art & Design Foundation Year (university or college) or equivalent Hold an in-depth portfolio of interior design experience International Baccalaureate Art & Design Programme Contents This programme covers the following 11 modules: Module 1: The Creative Process Module 2: Communication and Presentation Module 3: Materials Module 4: Design in Historical Context Module 5: Lighting and Technology Module 6: Statutory Approvals Module 7: The Functional Interior Module 8: Venue Design Module 9: Professional Practice Module 10: Research Project Module 11: Commercial Project Qualifications Awarded Students will receive a BA (Hons) Venue Design Degree from Staffordshire University. Advanced Diploma in Higher Education (Interior Design) This course is designed for graduates who do not hold a first degree in interior design but are keen to take a Masters Degree in Interior Design. Successful completion of this 60 credit Diploma will allow access to the NDA MA in Interior Design. Entry Requirements A good BA, BSc (Hons) in any subject. All student applications will be considered individually. If students do not have the requisite qualifications, they may study an NDA Degree course and this will provide entry to MA Degree programmes. Students must have a good level of written English and be able to read English easily. Staffordshire University requires IELTS at Level 6.5, TOEFL 550 or an equivalent qualification. Programme Contents This programme covers the following module: The Design Process This will cover all the key skills required by an interior designer e.g. space planning, drawing plans and elevations, take up a brief and components of a design pack. Qualifications Awarded Students will receive an Advanced Certificate in Higher Education (Interior Design) from Staffordshire University. Please note: Degree certificates do NOT state that the student has studied online What s Next? Students can enrol on the Master of Arts Interior Design Degree programme Students must have a good level of written English and be able to read English easily. Staffordshire University requires IELTS at Level 6.5, TOEFL 550 or an equivalent qualification. Location 737 Aircraft located in Lichfield. What s Next? Students can enrol on the Master of Arts Interior Design Degree programme Establish their own commercial venue design business Work as a freelance designer in the exciting world of interior design Work within a design practice Work within a property development company Work within an architect s practice Work as a freelance party or events designer Work as a specialist designer within the sustainability sector 34 35

18 Masters Degree Interior Design - MA The MA Interior Design Degree offered by the National Design Academy is the ideal course for anyone who is intending to establish their own interior design practice or who would like to enter the interior design profession at management level. The course also provides an ideal academic platform for those who wish to pursue the field of interior design within an academic framework; for example, developing a teaching and research career or progression to further study at PhD level. Entry Requirements In order to enrol on the MA Interior Design Degree programme, students must already be qualified with one of the following: A good BA (Hons) Degree in Interior Design or equivalent plus a portfolio of evidence An extensive portfolio of interior design experience Students must have a good level of written English and be able to read English easily. It is NOT necessary to have good spoken English. The University requires IELTS at Level 6.5, TOEFL 550 or an equivalent qualification. Programme Contents This programme covers the following 6 modules: Module 1: Advanced Research Methods 25 Module 2: Innovative Technology and Interior Design 26 Module 3: Trend Forecasting in Interior Design 27 Module 4: Cultural Contexts in Interior Design 28 Module 5: Interior Design Practice Management 29 Module 6: Masters Project in Interior Design 30 Qualifications Awarded Students will receive an internationally-validated Masters Degree from Staffordshire University. Please note: Degree certificates do NOT state that the student has studied online What s Next? Students can establish their own commercial or residential interior design business Work within interior design practice management Work as a freelance designer in the interior design sector Work within a design practice Work within a property development company Work within an architect s practice Work as a freelance events designer Work as a specialist designer within the sustainability sector For those wishing to pursue an academic career, students can enrol on a PhD programme Degree Module List 1: Research and Contextualisation (30 Credits) 38 2: Space Planning (30 Credits) 38 3: Design in Historical Context (30 Credits) 39 4: Creative Lighting and Technology (30 Credits) 40 5: Sustainable Design and Technology (30 Credits) 41 6: Home Staging and Show Home Design (30 Credits) 42 7: Professional Practice (30 Credits) 43 8: Furniture and Furnishings (30 Credits) 43 9: Hotel Design (30 Credits) 44 10: Exhibition Design (30 Credits) 45 11: Research Project (30 Credits) 46 12: Final Project (60 Credits) 46 13: The Customer Experience (30 Credits) 47 14: Branding (30 Credits) 47 15: Visual Communication and Merchandising (30 Credits) 48 16: Commercial Project (30 Credits) 49 17: Retail Space in a Wider Context (30 Credits) 49 18: Traditional Design Techniques (30 Credits) 50 19: Design for Listed Buildings (30 Credits) 51 20: Wall, Floor and Window Treatments for Heritage Buildings 52 21: Heritage Conversions (30 Credits) 53 22: Design Technology and Materials for Outdoor Living 53 23: Plants & Planting for Outdoor Living (30 Credits) 54 24: Research and Independent Study for Outdoor Living 55 25: Advanced Research Methods (30 Credits) 56 26: Innovative Technology in Interior Design (15 Credits) 56 27: Trend Forecasting in Interior Design (15 Credits) 57 28: Cultural Contexts in Interior Design (30 Credits) 58 29: Interior Design Practice Management (30 Credits) 58 30: Masters Project in Interior Design (60 Credits)

19 1: Research and Contextualisation (30 Credits) This module includes an introduction to interior design, including a guide to the history of interior design from the ancient world to the present day. The module will also introduce you to the research skills you will need for the remainder of your degree programme to help you to locate and obtain more information for each subject. Module content provided on the VLS will provide links that act as a springboard to find other sites that will help you to understand how interior design has evolved through the ages. You will also look at the work of leading designers from around the world who have produced work of an exceptional standard from both historical times and the contemporary era. Both residential and commercial interior designers and architects will be investigated. This module will introduce such essential skills as Research Methods (finding, organising and retrieving various types of information) and Presentation Techniques (presenting visual and written information clearly). You will look in depth at those elements which are essential to the success of any design scheme such as scale, proportion, colour, texture and lighting. The module then concludes with a practical project. You will be assessed through the completion of a simple IT task, in order to build confidence and start to develop skills when using simple design programmes. You will create presentation boards, which will convey knowledge of the elements of interior design and provide an opportunity for you to display skills in primary and secondary research, drawing upon a wide range of resources and research using different presentation methods, e.g. photography, sketching or the employment of other media. You will research a specific designer and present an illustrated report on the utilisation of design elements in their work. You will be encouraged to start to consider how to present work and evaluate the presentation of other people s work in order to widen your range of techniques and styles. 2: Space Planning (30 Credits) This module investigates the way that interior space may be organised according to a particular set of requirements. These requirements vary according to the designated function of an interior. Whether a space is intended for residential or commercial use, appropriate space planning ensures that a space is used efficiently, comfortably and safely. Space planning may also have hidden attributes such as brand reinforcement within a corporate or retail context or visitor engagement, and viewing space within a museum or gallery context. In addition to spatial manipulation on a single floor or level, changes in levels and the way in which these are articulated, are explored through staircases, ramps, elevators and other means. Methods of linking separate spaces through space planning will be considered as will the assignment of specific functions to a space. A review of Health and Safety and other essential and regulatory factors conclude the module. As part of the implementation of your interior design scheme, it is often necessary to remove walls, enlarge windows and doors or raise or lower ceilings. There are strict rules governing what is and what is not allowed and the safest way in which to achieve your ideas. These are called building regulations and must be adhered to by law. This module will discuss what is likely to require planning consent and also what are the most appropriate materials to use for specific building work as well as the technologies involved in making such structural alterations. You will complete a simple task using a Computer Aided Design (CAD) application in order to develop confidence and skills in presentation. You will be provided with a site survey and develop a spatial concept for a choice of residential or commercial scheme, from a number of prepared briefs. This scheme will involve one element of structural change. You will be expected to provide a rationale for the design concept and a set of schematics (annotated development sketches). The annotations should be evaluative to show your progress towards a suitable solution. Accurate technical drawings will be required to provide a clear visual representation of space utilisation. Emphasis will be placed on effective use of space, which will involve solving problems posed by the brief and application of knowledge gained. 3: Design in Historical Context (30 Credits) Interior design is continually changing and has been moving forward for centuries. This progression was usually led by a combination of factors rooted in social change such as etiquette, politics and display or technological advancements. This module examines those forces, for example, the Italian Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution and the Bauhaus, which continue to shape the culture in which we live. Responding to these cultural changes has defined our interior environments throughout the ages

20 You will examine the circumstances leading to the creation of great houses and estates, such as Chatsworth House in Derbyshire UK, as well as the intimate and often turbulent relationship between patron and architects. The module traces the development of interior design styles through history and investigates how and why objects and furniture have evolved into their present form. You will be assessed on the production of an image of an iconic piece of furniture using a computer - aided programme in order to encourage the development of CAD skills. The assignments will include a study of architectural features and research in depth into the social and political influences on one of these. You will select the most appropriate way to present your evidence, e.g. presentation boards or illustrated report. You will present a written report placing elements of a specific design period within a social and political context. You will conduct an in-depth study of a building and select one room to furnish. The furniture and furnishings selected should have information on sourcing and product specification sheets should be provided. Information may be presented through presentation boards or illustrated reports and your work will be assessed in terms of accuracy of knowledge, application of this knowledge and analysis of the information gained. 4: Creative Lighting and Technology (30 Credits) Good lighting and integrated technology are fundamental to the success of an interior design scheme and this module introduces you to the range of products and technologies which are the tools of any designer. Beginning with the effects and manipulation of natural light and continuing through ambient, task and decorative lighting, you will become aware of the potential of good lighting and how it, together with discrete audio-visual technology, can enhance your interior design schemes. The accuracy and detail of a brief is fundamental to a successful lighting scheme and knowing exactly what you or your client wants prior to installation can save a lot of time, money and inconvenience. The module looks at the various ways of obtaining such information. You will be assessed on a simple elevation showing how light illuminates a space. This work may be produced by computer or by hand. You will be expected to develop a lighting/audio specification for a designated brief, which will in turn lead to the production of lighting plans and electrical plans for audio and visuals. You will provide a rationale for the scheme and include a Lux table within this report. Presentation boards will be used to present the lighting scheme. Gaining a specific lighting effect can be challenging and assessment will focus on the application of lighting and electrical product knowledge, learning and the ability to create a solution to a specific brief. 5: Sustainable Design and Technology (30 Credits) As part of the implementation of your interior design scheme, it is often necessary to remove walls, enlarge windows and doors or raise or lower ceilings as described in Module 2. Achieving these structural changes in a sustainable way presents additional challenges and you will consider regulations and best practice in making structural alterations and designing a more sustainable environment. Responsible and sustainable design is an increasingly important sector of the interior design market. Module 5 also looks at the differing and sometimes contradictory approaches to ethical and ecological design and design products with particular emphasis on a sustainable approach using technology. This module concludes with a practical sustainable retail design project. You will be introduced to the choice of sustainable materials and construction methods used within interior design and their impact upon the aesthetic outcomes of a particular scheme designated as sustainable as well as acquiring foundation level understanding of the relevant Building Regulations and other relevant regulatory factors. The assignments for the module will include an analysis and comparison of sustainable buildings from a given list in order to identify the elements to consider in sustainable design. You will then explore a more conceptual approach to design producing rough models (maquettes) from a range of stimuli. One of these models will be selected to be incorporated into a final design scheme to be produced from a client brief. You will be expected to consider building regulations in the context of sustainability and apply these to the brief given. The focus is on generating ideas from research 40 41

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