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Interior design competition open to all undergraduates

The National Design Academy and Staffordshire University are delighted to launch a student competition for International Decorative Surfaces (IDS) to put forward interior and exterior design ideas for a new IDS Head Office in a prominent location in Stoke on Trent.

The competition is aimed at undergraduates with a view to kick-starting their design career. The winner will not only receive £1000 but will also be invited to join IDS at 100% Design and meet and be mentored by some of the UK’s leading composite material manufacturers.

IDS are the UK’s largest distributor of decorative surfaces and, as a forward thinking business, want to increase links with education in this important area of the UK construction market. An exhibition area within the reception of the building will be utilised to showcase students’ work.

The competition launches on 14th May 2012 and all submissions must be received by post by midnight 31st August 2012. Entrants should submit a selection of presentation boards from their chosen categories. Competition entry is entirely free and an application form can be filled out online from a dedicated competition webpage on the NDA website:

For over 23 years the National Design Academy has been a Centre of Excellence for Interior Design. It is the largest provider of nationally accredited Interior Design courses in the UK, both in studio and by distance learning. Qualifications include Diplomas, Foundation Degrees and BA (Hons) in a range of design-related disciplines. All Degree level courses are validated and accredited by Staffordshire University.

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Taking the leap of Design – Karen Lane talks interiors

After she couldn’t resist anymore, Karen Lane took the leap of design and is now running a successful interior design business, Autograph Interior Designs. Karen left college without any qualifications, but that didn’t stop her, she was determined to become a great interior designer and started a Diploma course at The National Design Academy in 2007. After flying through the course she progressed onto the Foundation Degree qualification and is now studying a BA Hons in Interior Design. Her story is inspirational and proves that anyone with enough belief can achieve success. Kick your shoes off and enjoy her interview… Continue reading


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Top 10 ways to promote your new business on the cheap!

Here is the whole list of the best ways to kickstart your new business from blogging to competitions and freelance to work experience. Get your note pad out and start scribbling. Continue reading

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How to study whilst you work

THE HIKE IN tuition fee prices has got a lot of people thinking about alternative education routes like distance learning. It can be done in your own home, in your own time and more importantly it allows students to gain valuable work experience in between studying.  Distance learning fees are usually lower than university courses and if you pick the right place to study,  you can come away with credible qualifications and great employer references.

More young people are taking an interest in this form of higher education and the perception that distance learning is more suited for mature students is vanishing. Continue reading


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