Course: BA(Hons) Interior Design
St Catherine’s Hospice is a much loved local charity providing high quality specialised care for people living with medical conditions that can be treated but cannot be cured. The charity works with patients, carers and families, following medical referral, to help people live as independently and as fully as possible.
Second year Interior Design students were asked to create a strong and recognisable shop/ brand to update St Catherine’s tired and dated charity shops. The brief required them to create an interior design to be rolled-out to each of the eleven stores, taking into account tight budget and cost limitations. Design proposals had to consider all aspects of the Hospice including care, fundraising activities, lottery and volunteering opportunities. It was important that their designs should appeal to the local community.
Three students, Ruth Ronson, Deborah Neely and Amy Caine had their designs chosen for future implementation by the charity, each of the winners received a cash prize in recognition of their creative efforts.
Through this project, our students have gained valuable experience in working with a real life client and budget, on-site research and analysis, and understanding of a hospice’s role in the community. Working directly with the client enabled them to develop visualisation and communication and presentation skills.
Live projects such as this are typical of the hands-on engagement with communities and industry engendered by the course.