With Christmas just around the corner, we caught up with first year FdA Interior Design student Konstanze Bindig. As part of our ‘In the Beginning’ series, Konstanze explained her experience of studying at Chelsea so far.
Practical, applicable and independent.
Why did you choose to study at Chelsea?
I chose to study at Chelsea because of its reputation. The FdA Interior Design course has close ties to industry and I love the fact that students get involved in live projects with industry.
What has surprised you most about your university experience so far?
It is a very intense course and there is a very fast development in skill sets.
What projects have you worked on so far in your first term? Which has been your favourite and why?
So far we’ve worked on technical drawings, digital drawings, photographic essay and portfolio assembly. My favourite was digital drawing due to its relevance in the job market.
What skills have you learned so far in the workshop? Have you used any materials / processes that you haven’t used before?
I’ve improved my drawing skills, both with hand and in AutoCAD. I also learned the basics of photography and have learned to use InDesign in my work. I didn’t have any of these skills before I started the course.
I live in an apartment with my husband.
What do you get up to outside of college time?
I enjoy bouldering, hiking, visiting galleries and museums.
Do you have any money saving tips for getting by as a student in London?
Buy groceries at Lidl and bring a packed lunch to university.
Is there any advice you would give to prospective students thinking of applying to your course?
Have a clear aim of what you want to do with your degree, and research what interior designers do once they graduate from their course. It’s important to understand the professional world out there.
Find out more about the FdA Interior Design course.