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“I have The Interior Design Academy to thank for giving me the courage and confidence to pursue my passion and for giving me the opportunity to live my dreams.” – Susan Orellana

“I would highly recommend this course, whether you’re just starting out or have been in the industry for years. You never stop learning.”

After 13 years of working in the industry with nothing official to show for it, I finally decided it was time to enrol into an interior design course to obtain a Diploma qualification. After doing my research, I contacted The Interior Design Academy to begin my journey.

Being a single mum of two, working full time and starting this course, I was beginning to think “what am I getting myself into”, but as I started my first tutorial, I found it quite easy to do and study at my own pace.

The Professional Interior Design Course was very informative, a lot of research notes and resources for you to learn from and great tips from leading interior design experts. The assignments weren’t easy but once I’d completed one, I found myself pushing myself for the next assignment. I learnt some great tips out of undertaking these assignments.

My tutor, Lisa Hallett, is a well-respected member of the interior design industry and I had the pleasure working with her in my past. She has a vast knowledge of the interior design world and took the time to explain my assignments with honesty and guidance when I needed assistance.

The modules covered most of what I wanted to get out of the diploma and if anything, even being in this industry for 13 years, I still learnt a thing or two. I would highly recommend this course, whether you’re just starting out or have been in the industry for years. You never stop learning.

I have completed this course and I now have my diploma of interior design.

I now own my interior design business called Solz by Design and I was recently been commissioned to take on my first paid styling and new marketing campaign with a leading Australian owned tapware company called Linsol tapware. Now I see my work in their national marketing for their branding in Harvey Norman retails stores & BIGA+ nationwide.

Without my diploma of interior design, I wouldn’t have been taken seriously even with all my years of experience.

I have The Interior Design Academy to thank for giving me the courage and confidence to pursue my passion and for giving me the opportunity to live my dreams.

Please find more of my work on my website: www.solzbydesign.com

Susan Orellana
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