BA (Hons) Interior Design -

Vanessa Balinska

Interior Designer

"I enjoyed the diploma but BA (Hons) took the design process to the next level and was even more challenging."

What were you doing before KLC and why did you decide to attend KLC?
I started developing properties for our family to live in from 2001 with a lateral penthouse conversion in Belgravia, a town house in Holland Park, Kensington and a detached family home in Oxshott, Surrey.

In 2009 I found myself in a position where I wanted and needed to start a business. I tried different avenues from designing and making cashmere accessories to organising trunk sales with friends but I realised my only passion and greatest successes were designing home interiors. Many friends who had seen the houses I designed asked if I could help them with their homes, but I felt I lacked commercial and business experience that is needed to become a professional interior designer. I decided to embark on a Full Time Interior Design Diploma at KLC.

The course was intense especially given that I had 3 young children and lived in Surrey, it was a challenging year but extremely rewarding as I learnt so much about the design industry and the design process. After finishing the Full Time Diploma I then embarked on the one year BA(Hons) course.

Can you identify some of the highlights of your time at KLC?
I enjoyed the diploma but BA (Hons) took the design process to the next level and was even more challenging. I really enjoyed everything about the course but especially the professional practice element of the course as well as the more academic side such as the dissertation. The highlight for me was the ability to incorporate sustainability into most aspects of the modules.

What were the challenges?
The challenge was learning industry software such as Autocad, 3Ds max, Photoshop and InDesign whilst incorporating these skills into the design projects.

Where to from here, what are your plans and aspirations for the future?
I would like to use my knowledge and experience to continue working on projects with clients and developers. I would also like to integrate my passion for sustainable design within projects.

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