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Student Spotlight: Alison Champain

Here at the National Design Academy, we always like to hear success stories from both current and past students. This month we have been catching up with Alison Champain, who has recently graduated from the BA(Hons) Interior Design course, and has now begun her journey on the MA Interior Design course. Below, we speak to Alison about her NDA journey and her feelings about studying for her MA.

About Alison:

Alison started her studies here at the NDA when she was 49 with our Diploma in Interior Design. Her passion for Interiors began when renovating properties of her own, completing 5 major refurbishments before starting the Diploma course back in 2011.

Alison’s ultimate goal was to start her own small Interior Design business once completing her studies.

Alison then continued her studies to gain her Full BA (Hons) Degree in 2012, demonstrating her dedication to continue her knowledge and understanding of Interior Design.

“Now that I have recently completed the Diploma in Interior Design, I am looking forward to the new challenge of the Degree. Having not attended university when I was younger, I am needless to say a little apprehensive and nervous about the work that is ahead of me. However, I know that I will have the support from my Tutor as I did before, and it is always comforting to know that she is on the end of the phone”

Alison has always had a fantastic attitude towards her studies as well as the willingness to strive to improve her skills with hard work and dedication. Throughout her studies, she has embraced her creativity and accentuated her design skills; that had encompassed her motivation and willingness to develop.
Alison is now enrolled onto the MA Interior Design course.

Let’s find out a bit more about Alison.

How did you enjoy the BA Degree Course?

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process, although it was not without its’ challenges!!
It was interesting to note the steep learning curve from the Diploma, through the Foundation Degree and finally onto the BA Hons top up. When I look at my work from the very start to the last module, I am proud of the progress I made. The whole experience has given me so much more confidence than I had previously in my own abilities to apply myself and learn – even at my age!! (54!)

How did you find the process enrolling onto the Masters Degree, with the new Scholarship available?

The scholarship was mentioned at the Graduation ceremony, so I was aware of its’ existence. When I decided to progress onto the MA course the whole enrolment process was remarkably easy. I was able to take advantage of the full discount on the course fees – without this, I don’t think I would have been able to commit to the course.

What made you decide to continue your studies onto the Masters Degree, and why did you choose the NDA?

I hadn’t originally planned to do the MA, but when I finished the BA, I found that I really missed the learning experience, and the discipline of study. I did question whether I was going to be able to fully commit to the new challenges that the course would bring, but having talked it through with several of the tutors I decided to go for it!

Did you have any initial concerns or queries about undertaking a Masters Degree?

I was a little concerned about undertaking a more academic course, but I enjoy the writing and research side of study so I am hoping that I won’t struggle too much.

Even now, I sometimes doubt my ability to take on this massive challenge, but I am confident that with the support of my tutors I will not only finish the course but enjoy the process!


Check some of Alison’s work throughout her BA (Hons) Interior Design:

NDA student Alison Champaign work

BA Interior Design work example

BA Interior Design mood board


Well done Alison and good luck with your Masters Degree!

If you are interested in progressing into a Masters Degree or any of our other courses then please visit our website. Alternatively, you can email us, or call us on +44(0) 1159 123 412.

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