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Michaela Robinson and Karen Smart

Course: Interior Design

“Dodo Design”

Michaela and Karen had finished studying their undergraduate Interior Design course with us and wanted to continue studies at a higher level with a focussed outcome of setting up their own interior design practice in the region. For us this is very exciting as we are committed to continually developing stronger design industry links in the area and the fact that our own students want to stay in the region says a lot about what it has to offer.

The students found themselves needing to develop a wide range of new skills to achieve their goal from establishing a registered company, to defining their company values and branding themselves, finding new clients to work with, charging fees for their work and learning to cope with compromise where budgets and design expectations did not fit. One of the real passions that came across from this was the students’ flexibility, the way they got on as a team and a real sense of fun in developing a company style and attitude.