Hi everyone! It’s another Friday, which means it’s time for another “So You Want To Study” post! I’m really loving this series – I find reading through these posts when they appear in my inbox so interesting, so I hope you are finding them useful!
This week’s post comes from the lovely Abigail from Abigail’s World! Abigail is studying Interior Design, and so I hope this post inspires any of you budding interior designers out there to go after your dream career!
So take it away, Abigail!
I’m currently a third year interior design student on a four year ‘sandwich’ course – which basically means that in your third year you can do a year long work placement (which is optional), but I really wanted to do it. I’ve always been into art & design from a young age and when I was doing my art and design ‘diploma’ in years 10 and 11, I went to look around some new houses that were being built in my home town with my parents, as we were thinking of moving house. As soon as I stepped into them I was just like ‘WOW’ these look amazing, and from that point I knew that I wanted to be an interior designer. Although it was houses that originally got me into interior design, and I’ve always loved interior accessories for the home (even now I’m still doing homeware wish lists over on my blog), I knew that at university and in work afterwards, to get really into it, it would be commercial interiors that I would be designing. I then went on to college where I studied fine art, textiles, history of art and English for my A-Levels (along with a night course of life drawing) which I ended up taking to university interviews, architecture being one of the subjects I studied in my fine art class.
I applied to 5 different universities, some closer to home than others, and after going to 4 out of the 5 interviews, I knew which ones I wanted as my first and second choices – I placed these two, which were the University of Huddersfield as my firm choice, and the Cambridge School of Art within the Anglia Ruskin University as my second choice on my UCAS. After a lot of coursework and exams, and a lot of waiting, I finally found out that I’d got into my first choice of Huddersfield University *yay*!
So in September 2012 I moved away from home (just two hours drive away) to Huddersfield after only being away from my family a week at the most before. I’ve met so many people at uni both in halls (who I’ve lived with for up to 3 years now) and through my course, some who I know are friends for life, and that’s part of the reason why I know coming to uni has been one of the best decisions I ever made. I was quite nervous that within the first year I would have to learn so many different computer softwares, but as I got talking to people that were going to be on my course I knew that we were all in the same boat. And when it did come around to our one two hour lesson of the softwares a week I actually really enjoyed it and I have learnt so much – and even more now I am on my work placement as they use most of the same softwares!
During the first year, which is pretty laid back compared to the rest, we first started by doing a group project, which really gets you to know the people you’re most likely to stick with for the rest of your time there. At the start of first year, quite a lot of people did drop out of the course because they either couldn’t handle the work load and/or the university life or decided it just wasn’t for them. Personally, in my first year I did projects on designing toilets, a hotel, bar and restaurant and a few other things as well as having an exam on the technical side of the course and creating sample boards.
Second year got a lot harder and everyone got a lot more serious with their work. The nights out partying soon got less often for the majority of us! Instead, our nights were mostly spent in the library until the early hours of the morning – which although it sounds quite scary, and at the time I guess it was with the stress we all go through when a deadline is soon approaching, I’m glad I did them as I got to see the outcome of my work, and my final grade of that year which I was really happy with. Along with the stress of the deadlines, most of us also decided we wanted to take a year out to do the sandwich course by doing a placement in an interior design office. After a lot of phone calls, emails and one or two interviews, I finally got a place where I would be designing work places. I have absolutely loved my placement year so far and I have learnt so so much, I would really recommend it. I now have another year left of the course from September which I am incredibly nervous about as I’ve heard how hard and stressful it has been for others, but I am also looking forward to it, and designing something all on my own again.
Let me know if you have any questions either about the course I’m studying or the university itself as I’d be happy to help. Abigail x
Thanks so much to Abigail for taking the time to write this post! If you’d like to know more, you can tweet her at @AbigailsWorld94, or you can find her blogging away over at Abigail’s World!
Be sure to check back in next week for another instalment of this series, and there will be a new video live on my channel on Monday. This week’s video was an important one – I’d love your feedback on what type of videos you’d like to see, so pop over and leave me a comment if you get the chance, it would really help me out! :)
Have a lovely weekend everyone, and thanks for reading!
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