AN experienced designer has taken over the Interior Design degree at University Centre Southend, giving the course an industry-led focus.
The BA (Hons) Interior Design degree is now being managed by Stephanie Bland who has over six years’ experience working as an interior designer in the commercial sector.
Steph has worked on big nightclub, casino, bar and hotel design projects including Dorsia in Chelsea and the five star Intercontinental Hotel next to the O2 in London.
The new course leader also studied for her degree at South Essex College’s university branch and completed long periods of work experience throughout her studies at John Lewis and on the TV show, 60 Minute Makeover.
Steph said: “I decided to come back to education as I wanted to use my experience of the industry to help students. I still freelance though, it’s important to stay in touch with the sector you’re training people to work in. I need to know all the latest knowledge and trends so I can pass these on.”
The degree is a three year course validated by the University of the Arts London. Students will be working on live briefs with big names such as Ikea, Regal Kitchens and Trevedi Trevedi.
Steph added: “They’ll be lots of opportunities for students to take on work placements through my industry connections, everyone will have the opportunity to get real-life experience.
“Interior Design is not just focused on residential homes, employees in the sector design commercial projects such as restaurants, retail shops and gyms. This course prepares students for that. It covers interior architecture and space design.”
For more information about the course and to apply, visit https://www.southessex.ac.uk/course/interior-design-ba-hons