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The Graduate Tour: Interior Design at TAFE NSW

So, what did you study?

Emma: I studied a Bachelor of Interior Design at TAFE NSW. It’s a 3 year course!

Why did you pick interior design?

Emma: I’ve had a love of interior design since I was a kid. I grew up in a family of DIY enthusiasts, so I spent a lot of time in my childhood redecorating my room. To turn that into a career is really exciting. 

Tell me about the course!

Emma: First year you really look at your technical drawing skills, you learn a bit about CAD, and about the design process.

Second year you really start to get into some of your project work, so looking at retail spaces, restaurants office buildings, residential spaces. I designed a retail space for one of my projects. I got to design a toy store and you have so much creative potential designing for kids, so it was really fun.

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In my final year, we worked on our major project, so that’s a year long and we designed a multi use space. So you have to work across different design fields and really tests your knowledge. I worked on a youth community centre for young people with mental illness.

What’s a misconception about interior design?

Emma: A lot of people think that interior design is just about designing rich people’s houses but it’s a lot more than that.

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