Course: BA(Hons) Interior Design
UCLan graduates Laura Cisakuite and Kimberley Riley have worked for Lighting Design companies, Lumenata and Asco Lighting since graduating in 2012. Laura discusses some of her experiences:
"Since graduation in 2012 I joined Asco Lights company as a Lighting Designer, where I had an opportunity to work on high-end residential and commercial projects. My responsibilities were meeting the clients, going to site visits, drawing lighting schemes on CAD, drawing sketches and preparing presentations to the client. Also, I was responsible for graphic design that involved designing brochures and business cards. I have been freelancing - creating 3D renders, preparing presentations and doing graphic design work for companies and individuals.
I have gained invaluable experience, as once you graduate and start work, your employer is your “client”. It is a big challenge to meet your own wishes as a designer and those of the client. I started my career as a graphic design intern at a printing company which led to a Lighting Designer position later. The current market wants people who have broad experience in design, and I think this is what the Interior Design course at UCLan provides – broad experience that you can use for any design related career."
"Working in industry has proved to be very different from university. University is a very good basis to give you a kick start. Although I am working in a lighting design practice my role is very varied so adaptability is also key. I am now project and design manager and my role consists of client meetings, client liaising, project managing, lighting design, quotations, loading schedules, technical lighting advice and designing lighting specifications. A wide skill set is needed; take any opportunity thrown at you to develop your skills as it makes you more adaptable."
Next year, students from BA(Hons)Interior Design will be working on a competition project jointly run by UCLan and Asco Lighting.
All images are courtesy of Asco Lights.