In the past year, TAFE NSW Newcastle’s interior design courses have experienced such high demand that a second class for diploma students was introduced.
Contributing to the demand is teacher Tim Neve, who is an interior style expert and textile designs business owner ensuring students are receiving the most current and professional industry training possible.
Tim has just launched a new range of textile designs called Foraged and The Block Shop has already picked up his range of cushions.
Tim said he is excited about what the next few months will bring, such as the four-week Statement in Introduction in Interior Design short course, which runs in the evenings from 8 May and is open for enrolments.
“We’re seeing so many talented students walk through our doors. Interior design is a real growth industry and a fashionable occupation with plenty of potential to grow further in our renovation-rich city,” Tim said.
“TAFE NSW recognises this is now a high-demand course locally, and is stepping up to meet the need.
“When it comes to our one-year diploma course, which has almost doubled student intake in the past year, I’m drumming up even more excursions.
“For example, we will do hands-on workshops at local paint and furniture retailers. Real-world exposure such as this showcases our links to industry and gives students a fantastic insight into what life will be like when they enter the industry as fully qualified interior designers.
“We’ll also have a number of events to give students a chance to showcase their talent.”
According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook website, interior designers earn more than $1,000 per week on average and the industry has strong prospects for employment over the next five years.
Recent TAFE NSW research forecasts the interior designer occupation to have the second largest growth in employment within the art, design, digital media and music sector between 2018 and 2021.
Cooranbong resident and diploma student from 2018, Janelle Skene won the 2018 TAFE NSW Newcastle Interior Design Creative Thinker Award, securing $500 and 40 hours work experience with multi-disciplinary design practice EJE Architecture. EJE then offered her a job.
Janelle is a student Tim says is a “huge example of the career standard TAFE NSW graduates get to in just one year”.
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IMAGE | Interior style expert, textile designs business owner and teacher at TAFE NSW Newcastle, Tim Neve.
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