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Study event review: Interior Design & Garden Design thumb

Study event review: Interior Design & Garden Design

On a sunny Saturday in November a group of Interior Design and Garden Design students and tutors met up at the Royal Festival Hall on Londons’ SouthBank. It was a long anticipated event (delayed somewhat by Covid) that some had been looking forward to for two years!

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A trip to the 2021 London Design Festival

In late September 2021 a small group of OCA Interior Design students met to visit the London Design Festival together. London Design Festival is an annual event that celebrates, and promotes, London as the design capital of the world. An ambitious task, and certainly some of the projects and installations on display were very impressive, but is London the design capital of the world? We spoke with two of the students who went, to see what they thought of the festival.

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What kind of spatial designer am I? #4 Grant Armstrong thumb

What kind of spatial designer am I? #4 Grant Armstrong

Studying Interior Design, Spatial Design, Interior Architecture – or any kind of design of the built environment – can lead to many different careers. In this series of blog posts we are looking at the experience and careers of different design professionals and finding out what inspired them to study in the first place. Our fourth design professional is Grant Armstrong, an experienced supervising art director and production designer for film and television.

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What kind of spatial designer am I? #3 Tansy Hargan, artist. thumb

What kind of spatial designer am I? #3 Tansy Hargan, artist.

Studying Interior Design, Spatial Design, Interior Architecture – or any kind of design of the built environment – can lead to many different careers. In this series of blog posts we are looking at the experience and careers of different design professionals and finding out what inspired them to study in the first place. Our […]

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What kind of spatial designer am I? #2 Ian Rudolph, Architect. thumb

What kind of spatial designer am I? #2 Ian Rudolph, Architect.

Studying Interior Design, Spatial Design, Interior Architecture – or any kind of design of the built environment – can lead to many different careers. In this series of blog posts we are looking at the experience and careers of different design professionals and finding out what inspired them to study in the first place. Our […]

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What kind of spatial designer am I? #1 Christopher Hartiss, Architect. thumb

What kind of spatial designer am I? #1 Christopher Hartiss, Architect.

Studying Interior Design, Spatial Design, Interior Architecture – or any kind of design of the built environment – can lead to many different careers. In this series of blog posts we look at the experience and careers of different design professionals and find out what inspired them to study in the first place. We’re starting […]

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Suitable role models in spatial design? thumb

Suitable role models in spatial design?

In traditional spatial design education there are many well known figures who you could describe as role models. Designers and architects who have inspired students over the years; individuals who are tiny jigsaw pieces in the vast picture that makes up the history of the built environment. But how many of these people look like […]

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Digital assessment for Interior Design

Interior Design assessment at OCA is in its infancy. The degree and foundations courses are relatively new; we are only just starting to see completed units, and getting the first trickle of students submitting for assessment; these are our trail blazers!

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First past the post. Part 2 thumb

First past the post. Part 2

A continued conversation between Programme Leader Catherine Byrne, and Interior Design student, Lee Anderson, who has just completed the first HE4 degree unit on the OCA Interior Design BA Hons course.

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First past the post: Part 1 thumb

First past the post: Part 1

It is an exciting moment for Interior Design studies at the OCA as we have recently had our first student complete the initial HE4 degree unit and submit for assessment!

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