Ellie Beck is what you might call an all-rounder - a keen musician, active sportswoman and budding Computer Graphic Designer. She even studied Performing Arts in Auckland for a year, but it was Interior Design that finally lured her to UCOL.
“I have wanted to study Interior Design since I was about twelve,” she says. “I did the UCOL Diploma to see what it was like – and I really enjoyed it.”
In addition to design history, colour, technical drawing and CAD, the one year Diploma programme encompasses an understanding of design processes, building processes, materials and finishes, taught by Lecturers who practice as professionals in the Interior Design industry.
Ellie admits the programme was an eye opener. “I had no idea the design process would be so involved and the subject so comprehensive.”
Her skills in computer graphic design came in handy for the creation of boards required for visual presentations in each assignment.
As part of their programme the Interior Design students are required to fulfil 20 hours of work experience.
For her 20 hours, and beyond, Ellie has been working at Palmerston North’s Wall Street Design owned by UCOL graduate Belinda Woolford. “It has been really valuable seeing how an Interior Design business works from the inside,” says Ellie. “I’m just soaking it all in.”
A move to Auckland is in Ellie’s short term plans with a view to using her Diploma to find work in the Interior Design industry or something equally creative.
WALL ST Design is a leading Interior Design Consultancy in Palmerston North, New Zealand, that aims to provide clients with an innovative, creative and inspirational partner to help transform their home and design requirements. It provides specialised expert advice on interior and spatial design, blending colour, texture and furnishings to provide a personalised design solution.