“Studying via distance learning allows for the development of time management skills – having two jobs and studying for a degree in interior design has definitely allowed me to learn how to effectively manage my time and prioritise tasks.”
Amy Johnson left school with a keen interest in studying Psychology and Criminology, but after two attempts at two different Universities, quickly realised that she needed to choose a career path that would allow her to use her creative skills.
Her father ran his own architectural and interior design practice for over 30 years, and after working for a short period of time as an Administrative Assistant within the practice, she decided to take the plunge and enrol on the National Design Academy Diploma in Professional Interior Design course.
As soon as she started the Diploma in Professional Interior Design, she knew this was the career for her. She has since progressed to complete the Foundation Degree in Interior Design course and is now studying the BA (Hons) Top-Up in Interior Design Degree, all whilst working as a Trainee Interior Designer.
She is at an exciting point in her career now whereby her father and she are in the process of launching a new retail business, providing a one-stop shopping experience for clients looking for high-quality furnishings, fixtures and finishes for the home.
Amy answered a few questions to a National Design Academy interview.
Amy, could you please tell us what you were doing before you started your course with the National Design Academy?
Before starting my Diploma course with the National Design Academy, I was working within my father’s architectural and interior design practice as an Administrative Assistant. I had been to university twice (and dropped out twice) to study Psychology and Criminology. I knew I needed to choose a more creative career path, and so took on the role of Trainee Interior Designer within my father’s practice.
Why did you choose to study with the National Design Academy?
Having tried university away from home twice, I knew I needed to find a distance-learning course that would allow me to work whilst studying. The National Design Academy stood out amongst the rest, and after a fantastic experience undertaking the Diploma course, I knew I wanted to continue my studies with the National Design Academy.
In your opinion what were the most valuable skills you learnt whilst on the course?
Studying via distance learning allows for the development of time management skills – having two jobs and studying a degree has definitely allowed me to learn how to effectively manage my time and prioritise tasks.
What have you gone on to do since you finished your course?
After finishing the Diploma course, I proceeded to study the Foundation Degree in Interior Design course and I’m now finishing the BA (Hons) Top-Up in Interior Design course, all whilst working in a creative interior design practice as a Trainee Interior Designer.
What are your plans for the future?
I am currently in the process of launching a new e-commerce business with my father – Edward James Interiors – with the aim of opening a high-street store shortly after launching our online store. Edward James Interiors has been formed to provide a one-stop shopping experience for discerning clients looking for high-quality furnishings, fixtures, and finishes, alongside our optional qualified professional interior design service to create bespoke interiors. We have curated an extensive collection of quality furnishings and accessories for the home, showcasing the UK and European designers, and artisan craftspeople. Customers can subscribe to our newsletter now to receive an exclusive 10% discount reward voucher off their first purchase once the site goes live.
Would you recommend someone to study with the National Design Academy, if so, why?
I would recommend anybody with a willingness to study Interior Design to consider the National Design Academy. The tutor support is fantastic and it is a great way to gain qualifications without having to put the rest of your life on hold.
Below, you can find some images of Amy’s work and if you can find out want more information about her company please visit www.edwardjamesinteriors.co.uk.
The National Design Academy would like to thank Amy for her participation in this case study and wish her the best success for the future.
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