I am really enjoying all the practical aspects of the course, developing designs, colour co-ordination, dyes, paint, fabric and then creating finished pieces.
Interior Decoration students from Elmwood College have been busy recently, adding a touch of sophistication to the College flat, located above the Elmwood International Office and overlooking the 18th hole of the Old Course in St Andrews. The work was done in preparation for the coming Open Golf Championship 2010.
In the style of a popular television programme, the students spent the 60 minutes giving the flat a complete makeover. The students brought with them, pre-purchased and self-made items, including curtains, throws, bedding, paintings, lampshades and an assortment of cushions.
Lecturer Ann Leitch said, “All of the students were extremely committed to ensuring the make-over was a success. They were given a brief a few weeks previous to starting the project and carried it out perfectly. I am delighted that all of their hard work has paid off and that they had fun on the day.”
Student, Janice Thomlison, said, “The whole experience, including the shopping, planning and of course the make-over itself was really exciting. Its great our course allows us to experience real life work situations and deadlines.”
Students who apply to the Interior Decoration course at Elmwood come from all ages and backgrounds. Some want a change of career, others to fulfil a life-time ambition, while many simply decide to continue their formal education at college rather than school. This course is very practical and includes units on making soft furnishings, upholstery, surface decoration, interior design, window dressing and fabric painting. Successful students develop excellent skills, which often lead to self-employment or progress on to other courses at HN level.
Recently, Elmwood introduced the City & Guilds Level 3 Visual Merchandising course. The course is designed to equip students with skills necessary to produce window displays and internal displays for the retail industry. The course is a combination of classroom based learning and time spent on work placement in the retail sector.