“Don’t be put off thinking you need a degree. A lot of interior design thinkers are not compatible with the lecture hall environment of study [but] this course is a great alternative, as long as you are willing to put in the hard yards.”
After much research, I chose to undertake my studies with The Interior Design Academy because it suited my style of learning. I’m a do-er, not great at listening or text books, so university lecture halls were not my thing, nor was spending years and years taking notes when I could be out there on the job learning.
The self-paced, flexible online learning means you can continue with your current job and lifestyle while studying and feeling supported and encouraged with a personal tutor.
Upon completing my course, I set up an ABN and started doing small design and styling jobs here and there before landing a full time role with one of Australia’s biggest homeware brands, firstly managing their showrooms and following that, as a buyer. My understanding of interior design, the consumer decision making process and identifying design trends meant that I had great influence over the products that ended up in the showrooms of Australia; the skills and confidence of which I attribute greatly to The Professional Interior Design Course.
My career allowed me to travel the world and be immersed in the interiors industry. I was even invited to judge the HIA Kitchen and Bathroom Awards in both 2011 and 2012, meeting and networking with some of Australia’s best design minds.
When I had my first child, my career was no longer compatible with my new role as ‘mum’. It was time to embark on my lifelong dream – owning my own interior design practice.
I shifted my focus and energy to building up my own business, Billy Hoo Studio. In our first 12 months we have completed 7 commercial and 5 residential design projects and are looking forward to the challenges of the next 12 months and beyond.
If I have any advice for aspiring interior designers, it would be this – don’t be put off thinking you need a degree. A lot of interior design thinkers are not compatible with the lecture hall environment of study (that’s what makes us so creative!). This course is a great alternative, as long as you are willing to put in the hard yards outside of study.
Grow your network and be open minded. Look at the greater industry and don’t be put off considering roles that may seem only loosely related. The industry is really quite small once you’re in the door and so the possibilities are endless if you’re passionate and driven!
Check out some examples of Joanne’s work below (click each image to enlarge)