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Student Story: Svetlana Kutnyak, Interior Design

Written by Jasmin Woolley-Butler
Published date 11 May 2020

Svetlana Kutnyak is an Interior Designer who studied with us at Chelsea College of Arts. She and 7 other past short course students are exhibiting in Dezeen’s Virtual Design Festival’s Student Show. Read on to learn about her background and journey to becoming an Interior Designer.

What is your occupational background?
I have worked in IT for 8 years, mostly as a Quality Assurance engineer. I have been studying Interior Design for two years prior to moving to the UK.

How have you become interested in Interior Design?
Three years ago I decided to follow my dream of becoming an interior designer and I have been studying it since. I have taken courses in Russia and decided to continue my education in London.

I chose Interior Design - Module Two at Chelsea College of Arts as I had some previous background in Interior Design I decided that I can skip Module One in this case.

What did you enjoy most about your course?
I like how many different things we created during this course: the paper models, concept and sample boards, rendered plans, sketches and even external elevations.

How has this experience benefitted your career and personal development?
This course helped me to feel more confident in Interior design. I can see my skill increasing and my creative works look much better now.

Svetlana's work

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking a short course Camberwell, Chelsea, or Wimbledon Colleges of Arts?
Good idea, but be prepared for hard work!

What do you believe is integral to the work of an artist or designer, in any discipline?
Working with a client,  understanding the client's needs and preferences.

What 3 words best describe your short course experience at Chelsea?
Challenging, inspiring, useful.

Anything else you would like to add?
I would like to say thank you to our tutors Lyndall and Natalie for a very interesting and inspiring course.

If you'd like to see more, please see Svetlana's portfolio.

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