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This degree is validated and awarded by the University of Wales, UK.  For further details email registryhelpdesk@wales.ac.uk

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Our Courses

The Interior Design School runs a wide range of in-house courses: MA Degree,  Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Interior Design, the intensive year-long Diploma in Interior Design, Interior Decoration Certificate – both full time and part time – and short courses.

The Garden Design School offers MA DegreePostgraduate Diploma in Garden Design, the intensive one-year Diploma in Garden Design, both full time and part time.

Inchbald Online is for students who are unable to attend our in-house courses or who need the flexibility of managing their studies alongside other commitments. We offer online courses in Interior Design and Garden Design, from one to three years,  including Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Interior Design and Postgraduate Diploma in Garden Design. We now offer a series of short courses for online study.

We also offer short CAD courses to support design students.

Validations and Accreditations

Inchbald is recognised as a leading school across the global design community for its professional approach to interior and garden design education. The school’s significant links with the institutions, professionals and craftspeople of the design world also reinforce and support its unique approach to the aesthetic and practical elements of design.

The Principal, Jacqueline Duncan, is a Member of the International Interior Design Association College of Fellows and Inchbald School is a Member of IIDA International Design Schools.

For potential students, or someone who is not familiar with the wider world of design education, it is essential to understand that courses taught at Inchbald are recognised and validated by authorities that guarantee the quality of the education you will receive.

The School has Highly Trusted Sponsor status with the UK Border Agency in respect of students requiring visas to study in the UK.

Inchbald has been recognised and validated by the following bodies and institutions.

QAAAn official relationship with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in the UK

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education is a registered charity responsible for advising governments on the merits of applications for degree awarding powers or university title whichare considered in the light of the governments’ published criteria and sanctioned by the Privy Council.

The primary responsibility for academic standards and quality rests with individual universities and colleges and QAA carries out reviews and reports on how well they meet their responsibilities.

QAA take a leading role in international developments in standards and quality, enjoying a close relationship with quality assurance agencies globally. They work with a wide range of government and other bodies across the UK to inform and support the higher education sector. in the light of international developments. Overseas audit activity helps to improve confidence in the work of UK universities and colleges operating internationally.

QAA are fully confirmed as members of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), established as part of the Bologna Process to encourage and develop the exchange of information on quality assurance throughout Europe.

Inchbald School of Design has undergone a review for educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at:


Inchbald have received the following judgments from QAA:

The review team has confidence in the Inchbald School of Design’s management of its responsibilities for the standards of the awards it offers on behalf of its awarding body and itself.

The review team has confidence that Inchbald School of Design is fulfilling its responsibilities for managing and enhancing the quality of the intended learning opportunities it provides for students.

The review team concludes that reliance can be placed on the accuracy and completeness of the information that Inchbald School of Design is responsible for publishing about itself, and the programmes it delivers.


The Department for Business Innovation & Skills website lists all of the bodies with degree awarding power as Recognised Bodies. Institutions or bodies who deliver courses leading to degrees awarded by Recognised Bodies are designated as Listed Bodies. Inchbald is contained in the latter list as our Postgraduate Diplomas and MAs are awarded by the University of Wales.

UNIVERSITY OF WALESThe academic consultancy, reviewing subject specialism and teaching and learning strategies against recognized worldwide benchmarks.

The University of Wales is a confederal university founded in 1893. It accredits institutions throughout Wales, and validates courses at institutions in Britain and abroad, with over 100,000 students.

The validation of Inchbald courses through the University of Wales was established in 1999 and applies to NFQL taught levels 6 and 7, the Post Graduate and the Masters level courses. The University evaluates the educational content, the student experience and the delivery of the courses. Diplomas and Masters Degrees are jointly awarded with Inchbald.

This validation places Inchbald within the structure of the university academic community, achieving parity with taught Post Graduate Diploma  (120 credits) and Masters Degree (180 credits) programmes across the UK and Worldwide as validated by UK universities.

The University of Wales will cease to validate Inchbald Courses from 2015.

The decision to break up the group of Universities operating under the title ‘University of Wales’ has been instigated by the Welsh Assembly and does not reflect on the Courses they have historically validated.

Further to this information, Inchbald confirms that the proposed changes in validation will not affect your study at the School. Inchbald is establishing a new validation partner and discussion is at an advanced stage. Current PGDip students, and those considering applying to Inchbald for validated courses can be assured that their studies will continue uninterrupted.

Inchbald’s new validation partner has a recognised history of validating other institutions and is renowned for its academic and practical support of graduates both during and after the period of study.

Those already enrolled on the Post Graduate and MA programmes can continue with UoW if they are due to complete before 2015, or they can be “credit transferred” to the new validating authority.

BIIDThe relationship with the professional bodies.

The British Institute of Interior Design does not validate or award but recognizes and recommends schools that fulfill the professional requirements within their programs that allow students to take their place in the professional arena – employment. Past presidents of the Institute include Inchbald graduates and the School’s alumni are very active within the organizations various committees.

Inchbald, alongside the Institute, is committed to the continuance of determining and supporting professional standards of Interior Design.  Our Principal, Mrs Jacqueline Duncan was instrumental in the foundation of this important professional body in 1966.


SGDThe relationship with the professional bodies.

The Society of Garden Designers does not validate or award but recognizes and recommends Schools that fulfill the professional requirements within their programs that allow students to take their place in the professional arena. Past presidents of the Society include Inchbald staff and graduates of the School are very active within the organization.

Inchbald, alongside the Society, is committed to the maintaining professional standards in Garden Design.



Teaching staff on our interior design courses, interior decoration courses and garden design courses – both inhouse and online courses – are experienced designers recognised both for their creativity and professional standards. Outside lecturers and tutors are drawn from relevant practices and academic institutions.

Jacqueline Duncan FIIDA OBE
Principal of the School

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Jacqueline Duncan founded the Inchbald School of Interior Design in 1960, extending this to a Faculty in Garden Design in 1972. Her previous working experience included the management of the Michael Inchbald Studios, antique dealing also under the Inchbald banner, and colour consultancy work.

Extensive interior design commissions include both private and commercial work, the last project being a 60 metre yacht, completed with Michael Inchbald.

Jacqueline Duncan has served on the Copyright Committee, the Monopolies Commission and the Westminster City Council, and was a South Westminster magistrate from 1975–1995. She has written extensively in national newspapers and magazines, and has published three books on interior design.  She is a Fellow of the International Interior Designers Association and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2013 for Services to Design.

The Inchbald School is now validated by the University of Wales for Post-Graduate Diplomas and MA studies in both Architectural Interior Design and Garden Design. In 2006 Inchbald launched the School’s Online courses with Inchbald Online.

Alan Hughes MA
Vice Principal, Director of the Interior Design Faculty

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Vice Principal Alan Hughes joined Inchbald in 1991 as the Director of Visual Communication, after which he was appointed Director of the Architectural Interior Design Faculty.

Alan’s professional experience includes the design of retail spaces and exhibitions and among his clients are such luminaries as Tate in the North, the Prado and the Uffizi Gallery.  In addition he is an experienced graphic designer and illustrator, has worked for a number of publishing houses and magazines and has turned his attention and skills to the design of ceramics, jewellery and fabrics.

An outstanding teacher, he spent five years as a Tutor at Middlesex University before he joined Inchbald, where his extensive expertise has invigorated the development of the curriculum to include Post Graduate and Masters programmes.  He also serves as an External Examiner for the Universities of Wales and Derby.

Alan has a degree in Visual Communications and an MA in Interior Design and Architecture, submitting a thesis discussing the sensory perception of space.  His particular areas of specialisation are the principles and philosophy of Interior Design and his exceptional skills include drawing and graphic design.

Alan Hughes’ book, “Interior Design Drawing” was published in 2009.

To read Alan’s blog click here.

Andrew Duff MA
Director of the Garden Design Faculty

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Andrew Duff’s extensive experience in international Garden Design includes an appointment in the studio of renowned designer John Brookes, where he worked as his Associate.

During his time at Denmans he was also involved in teaching The John Brookes Masterclass students and went on to spend five years at Merrist Wood College where he developed the Garden School’s Higher Education programme.

As well as acting as an External Verifier, he was also a regular lecturer at Barzi Casares in Buenos Aires and was commissioned to design an Estancia and Polo Stud on the outskirts of that city.

His portfolio of work includes a wide variety of briefs from an estate in Devonshire to the urban requirements of clients living in Central London. He is also a regular contributor to magazines and learned journals and is a full member of the Society of Garden Designers.

Andrew has a BA(Hons) Degree and a Post Graduate Degree in Adult Education from Greenwich University and an MA in Writing from Kingston University.

In 2006 he took over as the Director of the Garden Design Faculty at Inchbald, where his varied and all-inclusive experience brings fresh perspectives to the student body.

You can see the Inchbald School of Garden Design Facebook page by clicking below.  This offers a lively insight into the activities of the students and staff at the School showing their work, the design process and photographs taken on visits.

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Nicholas Springman
Director of Short Courses, Interior Design Faculty

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Nicholas Springman studied at Inchbald in 1986 and went on to work in the professional field of Interior Design for some twenty years, thus gaining a substantial knowledge of Business Protocols, Design Principles and Design and Decorative Sourcing.

As an Interior Designer he was responsible for the planning, specification and management of numerous prestigious projects both in London and abroad; and the wide-ranging practical experience he acquired during this time has generated the special perspective that he brings to his teaching. Such essential skills are of inestimable value to his students.

In 1990 he joined the Inchbald team as a course tutor in Business Management, and in 1997 he took over responsibility for the Short Courses as the overall Director, with great and continuing success.

Nicholas is a long term Member of the British Institute of Interior Design and made considerable contributions during his Membership of the BIID Board.

His specialist interests are Design Education and the Continuation of Professional Development.

The School’s Location

The School has two buildings in the heart of London, within ten minutes of each other and within easy reach of the city’s museums, galleries and important centres of design and decoration, including the V&A Museum and Westminster Library.

Both buildings are close to Victoria Station and its excellent public transport facilities, which include the Victoria, Circle and District Underground lines, national rail links to Southern England, numerous buses and a steady supply of London taxis.

Interior Design7 Eaton Gate,
SW1W 9BAThe Interior Design Faculty is a five-minute walk from Sloane Square.
Garden Design

32 Eccleston Square,

The Garden Design Faculty overlooks one of the finest garden squares in London with its plant collection assembled by the renowned plant expert, Roger Phillips.

Overseas Courses

Inchbald has extended its professional educational services overseas to schools in Saudi Arabia and Portugal.

Future Training Institute, Jeddah, offers an interior design and decoration course leading to the award of an Inchbald Diploma in Design and Decoration.

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Viterbo Arte & Design, Portugal, offers a year-long interior design course, studied by correspondence in Portuguese, leading to the award of a Certificate.