AS MANY OF you may have gathered I’m a great fan of distance learning and believe it’s flexibility and unique approach should be recognised more. For those who have taken the leap of design and plunged back into education, it’s easy to find yourself struggling to complete an assignment and feeling the pressure as the deadline sets in and the library’s closed. But there is a simple answer….
Take advantage of the HUGE benefits
Many people have the view that distance learning is all about “going it alone”, and worried about the level of support they may receive when faced with a problem. In fact, this view couldn’t be further from the truth, many distance learning institutions, offer students a wealth of support in lots of different ways which rivals that of some universities. Students who find it hard to balance study with work, family or other commitments, just need that extra helping hand to push them through.
There are huge benefits when attending workshops and in doing so you could catapult to success. It allows you to have one-to-one time with a tutor to go through various techniques, feedback and advice. This is crucial in order to build skills, confidence and marks. You can also can also enjoy demonstrations, presentations and take advantage of the resources available. If you are finding it hard to get your head around measurements , rendering or just essay writing for example, you need to make use of the support given to you and resist sitting at home trying to work it out.
Workshop your way to the top!
Most workshops are ideally tailored for students however, many institutions like The National Design Academy in Nottingham, encourage the “self-taught” design enthusiast to attend any workshop and improve their creative talents, even if they just want to redecorate a particular room. They have over 25 workshops which cover all aspects of interior design such as, exhibition design, cushion and headboard making, Photoshop, free hand drawing and much more.
Lay your career foundations
Tutor at the National Design Academy and former freelance Interior Designer, Sarah-Jane Lockett, feels workshops provide a vital foundation for a future career, ” our workshops give students the essential skills for future development in the interior design industry as well as building communication and interaction skills.”
So it’s worth checking with your course provider if they offer similar workshops. Admitting you need help is good and acting upon this will definitely increase your chances of success in the Interior Design industry. If you want to find out more about The National Design Academy’s workshop programme you can visit their website www.nda.ac.uk
If you need anymore advice about workshops or distance learning feel free to contact me through the blog and I will endeavour to help you as much as possible.