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Student of the Year 2014

2013-14 has seen an incredible array of detailed, imaginative and thought-provoking work being submitted by our students.

It is at this point in the year when the tutors can reflect on the progress of all students and from the list of this years’ graduates, pick out one outstanding student to be named ‘NDA Student of the Year – 2014’.  It gives us great pleasure to announce that the title this year is awarded to Vicky Hedley, who graduates with an FdA in Interior Design (Distinction).

Vicky has always been of a creative nature, studying Art & Textiles at GCSE and A-Level, and then going on to study a BTEC Foundation in Art & Design, with a focus on Graphic Design.  After studying on the BTEC Foundation course, Vicky opted out of studying further at University and instead, gained a job in marketing.  For the past 10 years, Vicky has followed this path, working in numerous creative marketing and web design roles.  However, as Vicky states,

“These roles have been within financial services and I have therefore felt restricted in my creativity, especially for the few years leading up to starting this course”.

Vicky has always had a great passion for interior design and whilst looking for a part time degree to satisfy her design curiosity, she came across the National Design Academy.  The balance of being able to study, develop her knowledge of the interiors industry and still work at the same time, was a perfect combination.

With her experience in marketing, web design and brand management, these skills became of great use to Vicky as she progressed through her FdA course.

Below, we hear from Vicky’s tutor at the National Design Academy; Vicky Arbuthnot, regarding Vicky’s success and reasons for why she was chosen as this years’ ‘Student of the Year’.

“From the first moment I saw Vicky’s work (for her Module 1 submission) it was clear that she had such strength in visual communication.  It isn’t often that students begin a course and have such a refined attention to detail when it comes to presenting work and an understanding of how to get the most out of a page, whilst being clear with your ideas.  This is usually something that takes time to develop as you the designer, become confident with your own design style.  However, it was clear that Vicky’s experience in marketing, branding and web design would stand her in good stead for the remainder of the course, and something I looked forward to seeing develop over the next couple of years.

Whilst Vicky has a very clearly-defined structure of presentation and aesthetic to her work, I have seen this, over the years, being strengthened even further.  One of the most important things I believe as a designer is to not rest on your laurels and constantly strive to develop and improve yourself.  This is something Vicky has achieved during the course; analysing what she has to do (from an assignment point of view), reflecting upon any criteria set by a design brief, imagining how best to communicate her ideas to a client and doing so clearly, effectively and with style.  Every module, I have seen these qualities being reflected through all areas of her work; with her development of style and analysis being enhanced even up to her final module submission.

It is also testament to Vicky’s skill and quality of work, that examples of her presentations are showcased in our online gallery; a valuable resource for all of our prospective and current students to gain inspiration and motivation for their own development.

I am delighted with Vicky’s progress over the past couple of years and cannot think of a better recipient for this years’ ‘Student of the Year’ award.  I hope to see Vicky continue with her studies by progressing on to the BA (Hons) year and know that she has all the skills and knowledge to become a very successful designer in the future, whatever sector of the industry this may be”.

The tutors and all at the National Design Academy would like to congratulate Vicky on her outstanding achievement and dedication to the course.  We wish her success in her future studies and design career.

Well done, Vicky!

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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

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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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