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NMIT student runner-up in Design Institute of Australia awards

07 May 2013

A recent graduate of NMIT's (Northern Melbourne Institute of Tafe) Diploma of Interior Design course has been awarded runner-up in the Design Institute of Australia's Graduate of the Year Awards.

Alison Lewis, from Eltham North, is the first NMIT student to reach the finals and be awarded runner-up in the Interior Design & Decoration awards category for Victoria/Tasmania. Nine institutes participate in the annual awards program and graduates are evaluated on their design solutions, transferrable workplace skills and predicted impact on the Australian design industry.

NMIT's Interior Design Program Coordinator, Nancy Bush said educators who taught Alison at the Preston campus are incredibly proud of her most recent achievement. “It's a fantastic result for Alison and NMIT. She's incredibly passionate about interior design and this award is testament to her tremendous aptitude and creativity.

“Alison was a dedicated student who took advantage of the quality teaching provided by NMIT staff. Being exposed to 'real' design projects proves invaluable to NMIT students when seeking employment. In fact many of our graduates secure work in the design industry before they have completed their course,” said Nancy.

Alison chose to study Interior Design at NMIT because, “I looked at a few different interior design courses, but the curriculum at NMIT really appealed to me. The first year was the learning phase, which was really enjoyable, particularly learning the different elements and principles that create good design. The second year is about applying those skills to projects. It's been a challenging course and I now appreciate how much is actually involved in the Interior Design profession, it's so much more than just aesthetics.

“The teachers are great, they have a mix of industry experiences, which is essential to prepare you for the industry and help you avoid making mistakes in the “real world” - it makes you a better designer. I really enjoy TAFE because I get to apply my skills to real-life situations in a practical sense, rather than just focusing on written reports.”

This most recent award for Alison follows previous success in a student design competition held by the Ballan District Health and Care (BDH&C) last June to design the hospital's new interiors.

The Design Institute of Australia's Graduate of the Year awards ceremony was held last month.

All GOTYA finalists go on to participate in the Australasian Graduate of the Year Awards, presented at Australia's leading design and architecture event, designEX.

Alison has already started her own Design business, 'Interior Style by Design' with a fellow student and is working part-time as an Interior Stylist with Living Edge Rental.

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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) – Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne’s north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce.  NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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