New University for Interior Design
Writing the courses for the NDA
When the National Design Academy decided after some 20,000 students had passed their exams to offer increased learning and aspire independent university status they asked Phil Gardner to write their lighting modules for a new foundation degree.
Creating course material and learning is not new to Phil, having authored some high profile courses and long experience in training. But for interior designers the balance between aesthetics, visual design and lit effects was slightly more important to the NDA , than the science and engineering of light.
However, for a course at this new level they would need a good understanding of light, some calculations and ability to read technical data from a manufacturer and comply with CIBSE guides as required. The final content submitted to the NDA was a unique and carefully constructed balance, which was felt just right for the new students.