Lucinda Swayne

Name: Lucinda Swayne
Age: 27
Nationality: British
Course: Diploma HE Applied Interior Design


Q. What was your background before KLC? 
A: Before I studied at KLC, I worked in brand design and advertising which followed my first degree studying Art & Design at Leeds University.

Q. Why did you decide to study Interior Design?
A: Interior Design is something I have always been interested in and following my degree where I specifically worked in sculpture and installation, I looked further into 3D design and explored interiors.

Q. What did you think of the course?
A: The experience has been truly enriching. I can't quite believe and didn't expect to learn as much as I have done on the course in such a short space of time. It's an intense course, but one I would recommend if you have no initial knowledge of interior design practice previously.

Q. What are your design interests/strengths?
A: I can't say I am hugely swayed by one particular area of design, however I lean more toward the hospitality and commerical sector. My main strengths are within hand drawing and sketching and using this to play a key part in my design development. 

Q. What space best represents you?
A: Perhaps because I'm familiar with it, but as a space, the Tate will always inspire me. It's a building that's enriched with such strong history combined with an interior that's always changing. I love visiting and seeing how the space changes each time!

Q. Who is your favourite designer?
A: My favourite designer is Sophie Ashby. I loved her work already but she came and did a talk here at KLC and I was so interested in how her designs are completely inspired from her upbringing of all the places she has lived and how the location and surroundings play such a key role in her design.

Q. Where to from here?
A: I have built up a sound knowledge of the interior design industry during this course which I plan to keep building on and eventually turn into a career working with a design practice.


STUDY TIP - Prior to this course, I didn't have any knowledge of interior design. It's something I have always been interested in but I didn't have a knowledge of software, design processes or ways of working. As I was doing the course after five years of working already, the one year course suited me perfectly. It really is an intense year but one that you will learn such an incredible amount that you wouldn't think was possible. I would take advantage of all the knowledge from the tutors and keep asking questions. There's a vast amount of help within the university so there is always support when needed. Although there is much more for me to learn, I feel I'm in a good position following this year to start my career in Interior Design. Lucinda Swayne