Class of 2015 Graduation Summary

We share our coverage of this year’s Class of 2015 Graduation Ceremony, held on Friday July 10th, 2015.

This year’s graduation ceremony, held on Friday July 10th in the beautiful grounds of Trentham Gardens was the perfect day. With a record number of students in attendance complimented by the warm, sunny weather, it made the graduation the highlight of the year for all the tutors and staff here at the National Design Academy.

Once robes and hats had been collected, each student filed into the NDA marquee and were handed a graduation yearbook in recognition of their hard work and as a memento of the day. The day began with both the NDA tutor team and their students getting the chance to meet in person and to celebrate each student’s achievements.

The National Design Academy Interior Design Class of 2015 Graduation Day. Tutor SJ with one of our graduating design students.

This was followed by a free flowing champagne reception and a chance to take photos with family, friends and the tutor team.

‘It has been a fantastic course, loads of help along the way, it’s something I never thought I’d do. NDA has made it possible.’ – Michele Thomas, FdA Interior Design.

‘It was fantastic. It was good doing the distance learning and I continued working whilst I studied, but I have since got a job in the design sector.’ – Philip Williams, FdA Retail Design.

The National Design Academy Interior Design Class of 2015 Graduation Day. Tutor Odette with another of our graduating design students.

‘Totally exhilarating and challenging, and exciting at the same time. I wanted to do this because I thought it was quite creative and to see if there was a creative side of my life I could actually tap into.’ – Jasbir Gihir, FdA Interior Design.

‘It was better for me being an older, more mature student as an online course. I have started my own interior design practice, so it worked well for me.’Tracy Smith, FdA Interior Design.

The National Design Academy Interior Design Class of 2015 Graduation Day. Head Tutor Vicky getting a quick picture with a graduating design student.

All photos taken on the day are available to download and share from the NDA website or visit our National Design Academy Facebook page.

Once our tutors and graduands had chance to network with one another, it was time for our Academy Director, Pauline Riley, to officially welcome everyone and to congratulate them on their big day.

The National Design Academy Director, Pauline Riley welcoming our student to this year's graduation ceremony.

Then our Director of Studies Anthony Rayworth followed on from Pauline’s speech to present this year’s Student of the Year Award to Cheryl-Brierley Duff,

The National Design Academy Interior Design Class of 2015 Graduation Day. Our Director of Studies Anthony Rayworth with our student of the year Cheryl Brierley-Duff, BA (Hons) Interior Design for Outdoor Living.

“My presentation skills are a lot more professional and I’ve gained a lot more skills going onto the BA Hons level. My husband has a kitchen company, so now we have expanded that into an interiors company, so we will be designing indoor and outside now with the skills I’ve developed. – Cheryl Brierley-Duff, BA (Hons) Interior Design for Outdoor Living.

Our Official Class of 2015 Group Photo was then taken outside in the glorious sunshine.

National Design Academy's Class of 2015 group photo was taken outside in the sun at Trentham Gardens.

Michael Gunn, Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University popped in to congratulate the NDA staff and students before heading to the main hall.

OurNational Design Academy Director, Pauline Riley & Staffordshire University's Vice Chancellor Michael Gunn, who popped in to congratulate our graduating NDA students.

Our graduands and tutors were then whisked away to be seated for the official graduation ceremony in the main hall. You can watch the Official NDA Class of 2015 Graduation Ceremony video here.

After the ceremony we interviewed some of our graduates on camera, to talk about their special day and to share their experiences of studying with the NDA.

We interviewed Maria Jones, FdA Interior Design student on graduation day to hear about her experiences whilst studying with the NDA.

“I finished the FDA, I’m now going to have the summer off to spend some time with my family, no studying! Then come back completely refreshed and go on and do the BA for the final year.” – Maria Jones, FdA Interior Design.

We interviewed Sean Cassar, BA (Hons) Interior Design student on graduation day to hear about her experiences whilst studying with the NDA.The skills I’ve learnt; a general understanding of today’s materials, tools and ways of presentation, ways of dealing with clients in an appropriate manner, courtesy and consideration in the field and within your presentations. I’m actually going to enrol for the masters straight away and keep studying until I’ve reached the level that I want to reach.” – Sean Cassar, BA (Hons) Interior Design.

Congratulations NDA Class of 2015!

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