Q&A: Interior Design Graduates Grilled

Our popular student guidebooks are going to soon have a new addition – Masterclass: Interior Design.

To get insight into why students choose certain schools when embarking on their master's degree courses, we go inside our forthcoming Masterclass: Interior Design book to compile a Q&A with a difference.

Frame's Masterclass series is steadily making a mark for itself, with each title featuring up to 30 graduate schools offering master's degree courses in a certain subject area. One of the (many) great things about this book series is that readers get a sense of what life is really like at the featured schools and, to shed light on this, here we extract various Q&As that feature in the forthcoming new title – Masterclass: Interior Design.

We interviewed numerous students about their time at the schools and we hope that we've covered all bases: the book answers many of the possible questions that future students might have.

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Why did this school stand out to you?
'I chose it for its rich history and interdisciplinary environment. There's a type of highly creative energy that runs through the school and there’s always someone doing something interesting that can inspire your work and how you perceive your discipline.' Rosann Ling (studied: MA Interior Design, Royal College of Art, London)

What type of educational approach did you seek?
'I hoped to achieve a well-rounded design background that would equip me with the skills and talents to begin a multidisciplinary design career.' Michael Adkins (studied: MA Interior Design, Pratt Institute, New York)

What was the part of the course that you found most valuable?
'As a student I find it important to get the time to experiment with different techniques, creative methods and material research. As a designer, it's up to me to grasp this opportunity and make the best of it.' Åsmund Wivestad Engesland (studied: MDes Interior Architecture, Oslo National Academy of the Arts)

What did you hope to achieve by following this course?
'I hope to have a better understanding of my own practice as an artist who deals with spatial works. To be more aware of what practices I touch on, but most of all where I want to situate my practice.' Elejan van der Velde (studied: Master Interior Architecture, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam)

What can future students expect of this course?
'Thanks to the cultural richness of the programme, the different perspectives and understandings broaden your experience and your views, and not just in an educational way – I gained some new friendships that brought me so much.' Nazli Saglam (studied: International Master of Interior Architectural Design, Istanbul Technical University)

Any particular reason why you chose this school?
'What is really important for me is to be free to do things as I imagine to. And the school offers me that freedom. The tutors are about raising questions rather than giving answers. So each student makes his own decisions and at the end of the day each project is quite unique and personal.' Andriana Themeli (studied: MDes Interior Design, Glasgow School of Art)

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The new book will be available for pre-order later this month: watch this space!
In the meantime, you can view our earlier titles in the series following these links: 

Masterclass: Architecture

Masterclass: Fashion&Textiles

Masterclass: Graphic Design

Masterclass: Product Design 

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