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New year. New career?

“I wish I could make a living doing something I loved” – Sound familiar? Many of us think along these lines at the beginning of a new year; Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are over and people are faced with going back to a job that they most likely aren’t very excited about.

But that doesn’t have to be the case! The beauty of being a Human is that we can make choices and we can change things. It’s often just our insecurities that prevent us from taking the plunge, our overactive imaginations asking questions like: “What if I can’t make it in a new career?”, “What if I try it and don’t like it?”, “What if I don’t have time to study a new course?”

The problem is they are all negative “What if” questions, try asking yourself some positive “What if” questions too, like: “What if I start on the path to a new career and find it inspiring and rewarding?”, “What if I discover something new about myself?”, or “What if it makes my life more satisfying?”

The problem with asking yourself “What ifs?” is you can never truly know the answers unless you take a course of action, and with a change in career that often involves doing a course and re-educating yourself, which in itself is a scary prospect and adds to the negative “What ifs”.

Distance learning means that you can fit doing a course around your job and your home life, yes it will be hard work, but changing your career should be a challenge, albeit an enjoyable one.

The biggest “What if” around education at the moment is of course this years hike in enrolment fees; “What if I can’t afford to do the course?”, but if you are interested in learning Interior Design then I must remind you that if you enrol and start a degree course with our friends at distance learning college, The National Design Academy, before July this year, you will still receive government funding.

If you don’t qualify for a degree course yet, NDA also provide Level 3 Diploma’s in Interior Design from £395 that anyone can do and then progress on to a degree. If you are unemployed and receiving benefits the diploma is only £105.

I know I’ve gone on about this before, but if money is an issue (when is it not?) then now is the time to decide if you can start on the path to a new Interior Design career, because it might never be this cheap to study Interior Design in the UK again.

More information about funding and course fees at The National Design Academy can be found here and here.

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The UK’s first degrees in Retail, Outdoor and Heritage Design start on Monday!

As August is literally on our doorstep and the British summer practically slipping through our mitts, it can all get a bit doom and gloom. But for us design enthusiasts, there’s something great to look forward to! Look over the hill and into next Monday you’ll find three new interior design courses, Retail, Heritage and Outdoor Living,  the first of their kind in the UK.  The National Design Academy in Nottingham will launch these sparkling new courses next week that will give students the chance to study a specialist area of interior design.

Retail design is becoming huge business with companies wanting their shop interiors to be more cutting edge than the competition. Window displays need to be bigger, brighter and bolder than the last to attract every last fashionista!

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Hear first hand from interior design student Felicity what distance learning is really like

Good morning folks! I hope you are all well. I feel like I’ve been pulled away from blogging the last week or so because of a side project, so I’d like to post something today which I’m extremely happy to show you all.

I’ve had the pleasure of following bubbly and energetic student, Felicity Dainton from Wiltshire, through her Professional Interior Design Diploma studio course at the National Design Academy (NDA) in Nottingham. It was great to see first hand how she went from strength to strength and thoroughly enjoyed every task, every day.

The studio course is made up of one week at the NDA learning about colour theory, technical drawing, rendering, how to set up a business and lots more. Then the students have four weeks at home to complete their assignments and have a final week back in the studio to go over the course again and brush up on the skills learned.

Hear Felicity’s experience for yourself and how she progressed throughout the weeks. I’d also like to say thank you Felicity for letting me join her through this journey!

If you fancy flexing your creative talents, want to build on a hobby or make the first steps to changing careers like Felicity, you can visit the National Design Academy website www.nda.ac.uk, contact them by phone on 0115 91234 12 or visit their Facebook and Twitter page.

This course is also available to international students and can be done solely at home instead of in the studio, just contact them to find out more!

Take the leap of design! It could be the best thing you ever do!

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Sourcing materials for a client brief exercise

As part of the NDA Diploma in Professional Interior Design studio course, students must understand how to effectively carry out a client brief analysis and create a design which meets their need and lifestyle.

These students chose their desired client brief and had the challenge of sourcing appropriate fabrics and materials to use for their sample boards which they will present to the client.

The National Design Academy have a huge collection of wallpapers, fabrics, accessories and carpet samples from various designers, which give the students a large range of choice. However this can make chosing one print very difficult!

The students also had a chance to see how a design practise can be set out and organised, as well as the various ways samples and work can be displayed. James Pilling, Manager of NDA Private Clients Interior Design Service, has a magnetic wall where sketches, images or sources of inspiration can be pinned up for clients to see or as references.

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Only one day to go until the competition of the year launches!

We’re counting down the hours to the launch of the NDA National Design Award 2011 and tweaking every last detail so the launch goes as smoothly as possible. This competition set up by the National Design Academy in Nottingham, gives young fresh talent a chance to shine and take home a prize which will almost certainly be a spring-board for success within Interior Design.

Yesterday I posted that I couldn’t reveal too much information about the competition and I’m sure the little teasers I left you all with got some ideas flowing. Well, today I’m going to plant another teaser to get you so excited you socks will fall off! Click HERE to find out. EEEEEEEEEK….!

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Snap shots from April’s NDA Interior Design Diploma studio course

For information on studio based and distance learning interior design courses offered at the National Design Academy, please see their website www.nda.ac.uk

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The National Design Academy release cutting edge magazine

 

VISION

Check out the spring VISION Profile Edition and get your design fix. This edition explores how designers’ image changes over time and how they market themselves to the public. You’ll find articles about Kelly Hoppen, Jonathan Ive and Australian designer Joanna Ford.

Created bimonthly by tutors at The National Design Academy, an institution who specialise in Interior Design courses, VISION is eclectic and cutting edge.

As well as gripping articles you’ll also find us in here too! So don’t waste anymore time, download the mag and get inspired.  CLICK the VISION tab above.

Photography by Liam Kerrigan

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Aussie designer Joanna Ford swapped figures for paint and has never looked back

Joanna grew up in Australia and trained as an accountant for many years, but she couldn’t suppress her creative hunger anymore. She took the plunge and enrolled on a National Design Academy Professional Interior Design Diploma and within a week she was hooked! Now finally doing something she’s loves and enjoying every minute, Joanna runs her own interior design business Joanna Ford Interiors Design , based in Australia, which celebrates honest and thoughtful design. Joanna is proof that successfully changing careers can be achieved and lead to positive things. Get comfy and sink into Joanna’s colourful story Continue reading

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Interior design duo push business from strength to strength

 

Sharon Kearney had read every curtain making book she could find, but wanted to take her skills to the next level. She enrolled on a Professional Soft Furnishings and Curtain Making diploma course at The National Design Academy, where she teamed up with old friend and fellow student Debbie.

The two decided to take the plunge and set up their own business, Grasshoppers Interiors. Two years on, the business is flying and team Grasshopper is still going strong. Put your feet up and enjoy Sharon and Debbie’s story of success.

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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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