Interior design student highly commended by prestigious design academy

AN interior design degree student from South Essex College has had her work ‘highly commended’ by the prestigious National Design Academy after entering a competition to design the interior of a £1million Penthouse apartment.

Kata Faseha, 29, from Purfleet was one of 20 highly commended students from over 200 entries. The National Design Academy, a centre of excellent for interior design, ran the competition which had a top prize of £3000.

Although Kata narrowly missed out on being shortlisted for the top spot, the first-year student was pleased with her accolade. She said: “It was so surprised that my work was recognised but I really enjoyed working on the project and put a lot of effort into it. I gained a lot of experience in choosing materials and working with a real budget, so it will definitely help me when I go into my second year of my degree.”

The year one BA (Hons) Interior Design students of the Southend Campus of the College were set the NDA National Design Awards competition as an additional summer project to show off the skills they had developed over the past year.

Kata, who originally hails from Hungary, said: “At the time I didn’t have a job so I was working on the project every day but I didn’t mind at all. I love studying Interior Design in England; the teaching is very different compared to in my home country where it is strict and regimented. Here you are allowed creative freedom and the chance to express yourself by exploring topics in your own way.”

Interior Design students of the College have previously worked on live projects with KSS Architects and Scene Design alongside other coursework projects, so Kata was familiar with the high level of design thinking and presentation techniques demanded by the industry. 

BA (Hons) Interior Design course leader, David Butcher said: “I was overjoyed to hear that Kata’s design work had gained highly commended recognition in the national competition, it is an excellent achievement for a first year student, and testimony to the hard work, dedication and passion that Kata exhibits for the subject. 

David continued: “It’s great to see South Essex College published amongst other highly regarded and established Interior Design institutions in the country, and a reminder that local people can achieve excellent results on the national design platform if they choose to study closer to home.”

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