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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I need design experience to do a BDA course?

Not at all. The great thing is that our courses are suitable for all levels - from beginners to those dreaming of a career in interior design. BDA's Taster classes and Certificate courses have been created for beginners who would like an basic understanding of the principles of design so as to make confident, creative decisions. Our Masterclasses and BDA's Diploma courses lead nicely on from the introductory courses, and for those who have had some experience of design in practice.

What will I take away with me at the end of the day?

Lots of inspiration! :) Plus, you're welcome to take home your mood boards, drawings, models, etc that you have created during the class(es).

What do I need to bring with me?

For the 1-day courses and Masterclasses, all materials are provided. For the BDA Certificate and BDA Diploma courses, any specialist materials and equipment (ie drawing boards, portfolios, scale rulers, technical pens, etc) will be required; you will be sent a 'Materials and Equipment' list prior to commencement of the course.
For some of the sessions, we may ask you to prepare a small piece of homework. When we do, this will only take you between 15-30 min to prepare. Details will be emailed to you ahead of the session. Where the course has multiple sessions, we will share the information in the preceding class.

Where are the courses held?

BDA courses are delivered from several sites across the city centre of Bath. We will email you details specific to your course as part of your booking confirmation.

Travelling to Bath:

By local bus and national coach: The central bus and coach station is next to Bath Spa train station and within 10 minutes of BDA's sites.

By train: The nearest station is Bath Spa, connecting to London, the South West and South Wales by high-speed rail. 

By road: If you plan on driving to Bath, you can use several

Park&Ride points on the outskirts of the city. Alternatively, the nearest parking is the local council-run Manvers Street car park. All day parking (8 hours) costs £12.80. For other parking options try 

What are the course times?

Our 1-day and weekend courses run from 10am to 4.30pm. BDA's Certificate and Diploma courses run and 9.30am - 4.30pm. Occasionally, we hold evening courses. We will email you details including course times specific to your course as part of your booking confirmation.

Is lunch provided?

We break for a 1-hour lunch break and there are a large selection of cafes and restaurants nearby where you can purchase lunch.

Are courses offered by the BDA accredited?

British Design Academy offers non-accredited courses and workshops. On completion of the BDA Certificate and BDA Diploma courses you will receive a certificate of completion from British Design Academy. To achieve a certificate of attendance, you must attend at least 80% of the course.

How do I book on to a course?

How do I book on to a course?
Courses can be booked via our website

Does BDA offer gift vouchers?

Yes. A gift voucher is the perfect present for any design enthusiast. You can buy gift vouchers from our Gift Voucher Page. All gift vouchers are redeemable against any British Design Academy course or workshop. 

What is BDA's refund policy?

We offer a refund up to 10 days after confirmation of your place has been emailed to you and providing the course commencement is no less than 28 days Please check our T&C's for full details.

How can I get in touch with questions?

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