Diploma Work

Diploma Work: Morocco & Shabby Chic

While nearing the end of my three year English with Creative Writing degree I decided to start a home-study diploma course in Professional Interior Design. I absolutely love this course and would highly recommend it to anyone unsure of how to begin studying interior design. I love the relaxed attitude of studying in my own time, and although I was worried about my motivation to get the work done on top of my degree it hasn’t been a problem so far. In fact, I enjoy it so much I’ve found I actually put more effort into doing wider research.

I thought I’d share a couple of the ‘inspiration boards’ I created for my last unit’s assessment. They’re by no means perfect but I already feel like I’ve improved a little from my first attempts!

MOROCCAN INSPIRATION BOARD-page001This inspiration board was designed for a client with a large family who wanted a neutral colour scheme with pops of colour. They also holidayed in Morocco, so I couldn’t resist indulging my love of travel with this Moroccan themed interior board.SHABBY CHIC TREND-page001For another task I was required to research a trend. I’ve been in love with the shabby chic trend ever since I got my bargain four poster bed at the age of sixteen, so what better way to indulge than create an inspiration board of some shabby chic items? Rachel Ashwell is an influential shabby chic designer, and all her pieces have a beautiful elegance to them. Keep watching for a review of her ‘Shabby Chic Inspirations’ book coming soon. In the meantime, check out her websiteΒ here.


14 thoughts on “Diploma Work: Morocco & Shabby Chic

    • I do the Diploma in Professional Interior Design online with a place called the National Design Academy which is based in Nottingham. It’s an access course which means when you finish it if you pass you can get onto a foundation degree after or just go into work πŸ™‚ If you have any questions then drop me a message as I’ve just completed my third unit so I think I have the hang of it now (hopefully!)

      • Ahh thank you! I’m at Uni in Nottingham at the moment haha. I will definitely be looking into this- not sure I can fit it in at the moment but it’s something I’m considering for when I graduate πŸ™‚ There are just so many options and different courses! Thanks for you help πŸ™‚

      • NDA is actually based in Nottingham and theres options to do supplementary workshops there, or have part of the diploma taught there too! I know there are loads of amazing short courses in London too – I got on to a certificate course at KLC but it ended up being totally unfeasible as I want to stay living in Birmingham after I graduate. I did tons of research into short course options for interior design if you want any help πŸ™‚

      • Oooh yes any help at all would be amazing! I’m looking to either do one from home or one part-time in London as that’s where I’ll be working (hopefully!) after I graduate. But yes any help or advice you have would be amazing thanks πŸ™‚

      • For home study the NDA Diploma is a great start. If you could dedicate full time in London then theres an amazing Graduate Diploma (I think that’s what it was called) at Chelsea Arts which is part of University of the Arts London but I know living in London is expensive and there was no way I could have done full time education there! Inchbald has good part time courses, as does The Interior Design School London. I also reckon if you wanted to go for the part time certificate at KLC in London you would probably get onto it as I think it was my blog that sold it for them, and it was still really early days then and they also really liked that I’d already completed a degree so I was aware of the work they expect πŸ™‚ sorry for the massive ramble! Hope this helps

      • No no thank you so much that’s so helpful! Yeah full-time isn’t really an option because I would need to be working while I do it to fund it, but the part time and distance learning ones at KLC look really good πŸ™‚ Now looking at the NDA ones too! Thanks so much for your help! It’s just so hard knowing what to do, I don’t want to spend a lot of money and time doing something that’s not going to get me anywhere!

      • I know, me too, especially as all the fees have gone up now too! I also had to justify it to my parents who wanted to know why I wasn’t doing a masters degree so I ended up doing loads of research to make sure that the courses I were considering would actually give me the skills I needed!

      • I know, I couldn’t believe how expensive some of the courses are and most of them got ruled out straight away! I found one part time course that was Β£22000 for 2 or 3 years.. Insane. Me too, I have my dissertation and 2 more small essays to go, I can’t wait!

      • That’s insanely expensive!! I might ask some Interior Design companies/magazines etc for some advice on what level of qualification they look for πŸ™‚ might be useful! Yep, 4 more essays and the big old dissertation- so excited for it all to be over!

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