The British Academy of Interior Design was established in 2004 with the aim of providing quality distance learning courses to students across the United Kingdom. Over the last decade the British Academy of Interior Design's reputation has grown internationally and we now offer a variety of fully accredited classroom-based and home-study courses to students around the world.
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Service rating : Student service is fast and responsive but the tutor is not.Product: The materials in text are not very well written and sometimes with mistakes. The learning part is mostly on doing your own research as required in the assignments which are very difficult to pass and take a lot of time. But to be fair the tutor did spend time to write long feedback and I do feel more confident in handling real projects on my own in the future. It is more focused on the idea generation process and technicalities rather than the aesthetics in my opinion so sometimes it is difficult to understand what is expected to pass the assignments.
Service rating : Very easy and friendly staff.Product: I would have rated excellent however I find the search facility on the forum to be unreliable. Same results generally appear regardless of the search term you enter making it hard to find details as having to sift through many many posts.
Apart from that so far I can't fault the course.
Service rating : Prompt reply from tutors.
Feel welcomeProduct: Hi I recently enrolled for the HND -Home Study. The course is easy to follow. Online course material and videos help a lot. Just follow their academy pattern for each assignment and you wont have any problems.
Service rating : My tutor is really friendly and quick to respond. I have also found the forum really useful.Product: It's early days as I have only just had my first assignment mark back but so far I've found it informative and easy to navigate.
Service rating : Have corresponded a couple of times with my tutor, and he always replies promptly, in a friendly and encouraging manner with detailed feedback and constructive comments.Product: Too soon to tell really, but I am finding a lot of contradictory information between the course material, what different tutors are advising on the on-line forum and what my personal tutor has said in comments and this is making it very confusing at the moment.
Service rating : Always friendly and helpful. Nothing too much trouble for the staff.Product: Course materials are very easy to follow.
I like everything about this school.
Service rating : Everyone i have been in contact with since starting the course back in May has been very helpful and dealt with my calls very quickly. My tutor is quick to respond to my emails and gives me very in-depth answers which helps massively.
I dropped down levels at the end of 2016 from the HND to the HNC, this was also dealt with quickly and professionally by all who were involved in my smooth transition (my account was changed promptly and all my queries on how changing levels would effect my assignments, which it doesn't, were answered).Product: My actual rating (but it wasn't an option) is ...Challenging: I have been doing this course since May 2016 and with 15 assignments to complete i am still only on assignment 2. These courses require a lot of self motivation and dedicated time (from doing this course (HNC), working full time i would say you would have to spend atleast 8-10 hours to get the right amount of work done..this may decrease as you increase your knowledge the further along the course you get).
If you use the student account correctly then there is a mountain of reading and information, including fantastic videos (i use mountain as a good term as there is so much information, it helps me a lot).
I have been using the student forum a lot aswell which has helped me recently with getting motivated and understanding why its taking me so long to complete assignment 2. Other students also agree that its a time consuming assignment (for others reading this review who maybe considering doing the course assignment 2 is the first time you have to truly put your interior design head on and because its something you may have never done, like myself, it will take a while to get your head around what you need to do to complete the work). if feel as though once i have got past this point i will complete the assignments much quicker.
Negatives: I wish we could use our computers for all the assignments as cutting and sticking for the first few assignments is very time consuming depending on how detailed and how much information you put across in your work. Creating idea pages is alot easier on a document rather than in an actual sketch book.
I would like to see (in the future) that students can have their own profile pages where other students can private message or post on their page etc. This would be super helpful to be able to create groups and chat with others more privately rather then on the forum. Having a proper student profile would allow people to post ideas from pintrest and other websites, blog post links, website links etc... this would create a real sense of community for everyone on the courses!
Service rating : Great!Product: Its better than I was expecting, really make me think like a student again and I've noticed how after three assignments that I'm starting to think more like an Interior Designer. So chuffed about that.
Service rating : Just started the course, but it looks goodProduct: Just started the course, but it looks good
Service rating : Everyone is very friendly and nice. They are also great at getting back to us on time!Product: The content of the class moves a little too fast and I think that we could benefit from having more than one assistant in the class to help with assignment queries, tasks in class and other questions. The course itself It also moves extremely fast and whilst all of the information is online, it is not easy to find and requires a lot of work at home, which when working full time is extremely difficult. I think it would be better if the classes were a month apart.
Service rating : Although chatting to my actual Tutor was impossible. The person who did help me was great, but her ideas were just slightly different to my Tutors, so there was a bit of discrepancies.Product: I have only just started, I am finding it difficult to understand all the things and routes we have to go through - An clearer explanation should be laid out on starting I think. I do think it will get easier as one starts to understand which materials are necessary for specific Assignments as we progress.
Service rating : GoodProduct: Good
For me as a new student so far so good, the Tutors are very helpful and humble.
Service rating : So far I didn't have to deal with the customer service yet but of course tutors!
I don't know why did they assign me with a Tutor who is not available because she is on maternity leave.Anyway another Tutor ,Colette is very help and reply each question I have.Product: I am studying HNC online course.It is very convenient when you have other commitments like me.So far I enjoy it a lot , I am doing my assignment 2 now.
It is a lot of work , so if you want to finish it in 9 months or a years you really need to have time to do the assignment which is very fun though.I have a baby and it's kind of I only have about 1 or 2 a day or sometime I don't even have time to do anything.
It will be very good if you having drawings skill but I don't so take abit extra time for me.
You need to buy abit of things which the list will be given and on top of that a printer is a must in my opinion!
For the fees is reasonable for an HNC course even it is online , you still do the same thing as the class do buy of course a classroom base will be better if you have time and money.
Overall , I really enjoy it .
It's like you are actually working as a designer ! ;)
Service rating : -very friendly and helpful
-nice layout of student area, Student card.Product: -really satisfied with the course Material
-the only thing is that I would even look nicer if the reading documents would have a Logo of the British academy at the top and at the bottom the page number. I think that the reading Material could be layoutet more professionell.
- what I like it is easy to understand and its easy to keep in mind because the explanation is good!!!
Service rating : GreatProduct: Great
Service rating : I'm in the beginning of the course but the experience has been very good so far.Product: Again, I'm in the beginning of the course but the experience has been very good so far.The course material it really helpful and very well explained.
Service rating : Till now it is ok for me but too much assignment pressure. Lack of time.Product: Classroom based is less confusing compare to home based.
Service rating : Very prompt and helpful answers to all Students questions, really patient!Product: I find the online access of information a little tricky to navigate around: though the content is excellent, it is not as logically laid out as perhaps it could be, causing students to jump aound trying to access all the relevant information per assignment (e.g. Reading list one place, Assignment Q's in another, the marking criteria elsewhere and a forum with general info, assignment specific info then general visial info all on separate chains).
Would be great if all info per assignment could be in one area e.g. For Assignment One: Read the following modules (with links to access), watch the following videos (linked), see below forum for Questions other students are asking (plus gallery for visuals related to) Assignment 1, followed with the actual Assignment Questions, & the marking criteria for that Assignment...? Thanks
Service rating : Very organized and feedback and attention from tutors are really detailed.Product: Excellent!
Service rating : i like how the tutors respond quickly and really answers my questions clearly and my tutor is a lot of help and also the other tutors.Product: I just started but I find it exciting reading and watching the source materials and it helped me in getting knowledge in interior design.
Service rating : Good, very reactive, but I had to ask to check if my first assignment was properly transmittedProduct: Maybe it can be helpful to indicate to what lessons the assignment referes to.
Service rating : Very friendly and helpfulProduct: It's going well,just wish I lived closer so I could be in the classroom but overall it's going good.
Service rating : GreatProduct: Amazing