As part of our ‘In the Beginning’ series, we interviewed FdA Interior Design student Bronagh Fentum who enjoys finding the extraordinary in the seemingly mundane.
Describe you experience at Chelsea so far in 3 words.
Challenging, exciting, engaging.
Why did you choose to study at Chelsea?
The reputation of the College.
What has surprised you most about your university experience so far?
How much I have learned so far. The expectations are very high (which is great!). There is a lot of self-directed learning.
What project have you worked on so far in your first term?
This term we worked on a photo essay: we surveyed a space within the college and documented it through photography. I really enjoyed the opportunity to study a seemingly boring space and find the bits of wonder.
What skills have you learned so far?
I’m learning autoCAD, Photoshop and InDesign which are all new to me. I’ve been surprised how quickly I’ve managed to get to grips with them (although I’ve still a lot to learn!) and how much I used them in my project.
What do you get up to outside of college time?
I’m a Mum to twin girls who are 5 years old so they keep me pretty busy!
Do you have any money saving tips for getting by as a student in London?
Lots of museums and galleries are free entry which is amazing. Walk or cycle as much as you can – lots of places are closer than you think. Get haircuts at hairdressing academies. Get a taste London card for discounted restaurants, and supermarkets & cafes often discount food near closing time.
Is there any advice you would give to prospective students thinking of applying to your course?
Come to the open day and get a feel for the college. It can be difficult making a choice between lots of colleges who are offering very similar courses. By attending the open day, it allows to to get a feel for what studying at the college might be like, the surrounding area and the people. I was sold on Chelsea after I’d been to the open day!
Find out more about the FdA Interior Design course.