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Grand Designs Live Competition won by Melbourne Polytechnic student

08 Dec 2014

Melbourne Polytechnic second-year Interior Design and Decoration student, Amanda Camilleri, has been announced the best designer in the Grand Designs Live - Rooms By Design competition!

Judges Kevin McCloud (presenter of UK TV series Grand Designs), Peter Maddison (presenter of Grand Designs Australia) and Shaynna Blaze (Selling Houses Australia and The Block) pronounced Amanda’s design the winner and her prize is a trip to the UK for Britain’s Grand Designs Live show in 2015.

Amanda’s eye-catching bathroom design, the ‘Water Cure’, was physically built and brought to life in the Grand Designs Live exhibition space.

Staff and students from a range of Melbourne Polytechnic’s trades areas, including furniture-making and painting, assisted with the construction of the design.

Amanda, who has been fascinated by interior design for as long as she can remember, says:

“The decision to undertake the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration at Melbourne Polytechnic is one of the best choices I have ever made. I love the ability to not only change the physical appearance of a space but also the way that people feel when they are within it.”

“The Diploma has provided me with a broad knowledge base and led to great exposure within the industry. The emphasis is on becoming industry-ready, which was a deciding factor for me.”

Through Melbourne Polytechnic, Amanda was also selected to undertake a 16-week internship with Hirsch Bedner Associates, who design interiors for 5-star hotels. It was an opportunity that she says gave her fantastic insight into the commercial side of the design industry.

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration ensures that students are industry-ready and equips them with the skills required to forge careers including interior designer, interiors consultant, and business owner/manager.

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Melbourne Polytechnic operates across six campuses and six specialist training centres throughout Melbourne’s north and south east plus a regional campus at Ararat. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.