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Karen Lane – A story of success

 
 
Leaving secondary modern school at 16 and enrolling for a two-year Foundation Course at Lincoln College of Art, Karen Lane was, by her own admittance, young and impatient when she abandoned her studies for employment.
 
Ironically, it would be a calling to interior design that would prompt Karen to return to education and provide a second chance to secure the career she’d always wanted. She now works as a freelance interior designer and has set up her own business, Autograph Interior Design.Sit down, relax and enjoy reading Karen’s inspirational story.
 
Over the years I have held various positions (art/design related) including photographic assistant, paste-up artist, sign writer, window dresser, etc,” began Karen. “In the late 1990’s I joined the Marketing Team of a national soft furnishings retailer where I was responsible for creating eye-catching in-store layouts and displays, styling room sets for photo shoots and heading up the Visual Display Team.
 
Georgian drawing room window elevation By Karen lane
Towards the end of 2006, with my passion for interior design and a desire to help others realise the full potential of their homes, I decided that the time was right for me to branch out on my own and specialise in this subject. In 2007, I joined my partner in his architectural design business ‘Build Design Limited’ as an architect’s technician gaining experience in producing detailed planning drawings and learning about the planning and building regulations process. I saw the architectural training as an important first step on which to build my interior design skills.
 

Georgian drawing room furniture plan

 
Having left college without any formal qualifications I saw the next step as being my enrolment onto a Diploma course for Interior Design. With this in mind I began researching the various courses available on the Internet and it was during this time that I discovered the Interior Design Diploma course run by the National Design Academy in Nottingham. The course fitted my requirements perfectly as it allowed me to continue working and study from home at my own pace.
 

 
Hair salon design
 
 
 
 
I enrolled, thoroughly enjoyed the course and gained my Diploma in December 2007. With motivation running high and the Diploma under my belt the next step was to enrol for my Interior Design Foundation Degree, which I did in January 2009. Once again, I have chosen to do this with the National Design Academy and I intend to take it all the way, hopefully achieving my BA in the not too distant future!
 
Continuing to work alongside my partner, I have launched Karen Lane Interior Design which means that, as a team, we can now offer a complete in-house design service from feasibility drawings, planning and building regulations, through to interior design and project management. All this was possible thanks to the first step I made – enrolling with the National Design Academy.

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3rd September to 20th January

Introduction Week

Course Introduction

2 hour Live Online Introduction Session
Tuesday, 3rd September @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 1

Unit 01: Fabric Selection & Colour Theory

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 10th September @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 13th September @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 2

Unit 02: Estimation for Soft Furnishings

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 17th September @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 20th September @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 3

Independent Study Break Week

Commencing Monday, 23rd September

Week 4

Unit 03: Window Treatments: Mitres, Hand-Stitching Techniques & Pattern Matching

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 1st October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 4th October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 5

Unit 04: Lined & Interlined Curtain Construction

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 8th October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 11th October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 6

Independent Study Break Week

Commencing Monday, 14th October

Week 7

Unit 05: Constructing Hand-Sewn Buckram Headers

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 22nd October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 25th October @ 10am (UK Time) 1pm (Dubai Time)

Week 8

Unit 06: Constructing Piped Crescent Tie-Back & Piped Cushion

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 29th October @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 1st November @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

Week 9

Independent Study Break Week

Commencing Monday, 4th November

Week 10

Unit 07: Constructing a Roman Blind

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 12th November @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 15th November @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

Week 11

Independent Study Break Week

Commencing Monday, 18th November

Week 12

Unit 08: Constructing Padded Pelmets

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 26th November @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 29th November @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

Week 13

Unit 09: Constructing Swags & Tails (Swags)

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 3rd December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 6th December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

Week 14

Unit 09: Constructing Swags & Tails (Tails)

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 10th December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
Friday, 13th December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

Week 15

Unit 10: Setting-up a Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings Workroom

2.5 hour Live Online Tutorial
Tuesday, 17th December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)

2.5 hour Live Q&A Session
*Thursday, 19th December @ 10am (UK Time) 2pm (Dubai Time)
*One day early due to office closure

Christmas Holidays

NDA Office Closed

20th December - 6th January

Week 16 & 17

Independent Study Break Week x2

Commencing Monday, 6th & 13th January

Week 18

Project hand-in

Monday, 20th January 2025

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