Jake Gardner-Griffiths

MA Interior Design

The Course:

Having completed my undergraduate study with a First Class degree in Interior Design, I’m now undertaking further study on the MA Interior Design programme.

I was first attracted to the BA (Hons) Interior Design course because the tutors seemed very passionate and professional, which came across in the work being produced. I liked the fact that the course seemed to push the boundaries of thinking, which I thought would be a great challenge.

In my three years of studying, I enjoyed the close relationships I made with the other course students and valued the support they gave each other throughout the course. I felt it was a great example of what can be achieved if people work together. The overwhelming sense of fulfilment knowing how much you have developed over the three years was also a great bonus.

With any course, it’s what you make of it and you have to realise that not everything is going to be spoon-fed to you, with the onus on you to learn and to do the work. However, there was always someone to talk to if there were problems or if I was unsure of what was being asked of me. I liked the people, the staff and the overall feeling of creativity that the University and especially BIAD gives off. It’s a great creative community.

The University:

When considering which university to attend I had a range of choices but decided on Birmingham City University as I got a good feeling from the staff and was impressed by the quality and standard of the work being produced.

The Individual:

During my time at the University, I also received the Tibbatts and Co bursary award for my final project and I was shortlisted in an international design competition, the IIDA 2009 Green Design.

My First Class Honours qualification enabled me to continue my studies on the MA Interior Design course. My future plans are not yet set in stone, but I have a variety of options. I have the possibility of continuing my studies and doing a PhD in a specific subject of interior design or to go and work in a design practice and build upon the skills I have gained from my time on the course.

My advice to future students would be, work hard because that sheet of paper at the end is worth it and don’t expect to be told what to do, if you want to find out something the quickest way is to find out yourself. This separates you from the herd.