Name: Zerin Tara Safa
Course: BA (Hons) (KLC Alumni - Full Time Diploma 2012)
What is your professional background prior to KLC?
For over nine years I worked within the property industry in varying capacities. The highlights were working on developing, refurbishing and gaining planning permission on two adjacent properties in Pall Mall, London, as well as putting together a proposal for an integrated resort scheme in Mauritius.
My job often found me working with architects and designers; however, having studied for a Fine Art Degree I missed having hands on creativity within my career. Retraining in interior design seemed a logical move to combine my knowledge of property, together with my previous degree.
What was it about the BA (Hons) that appealed to you?
Gaining a degree within two years is a huge advantage (one year Diploma and one year BA), especially when having a career change. It also allows you to have 'time out' between the two years to work in industry. The BA (Hons), being an internationally recognised qualification also provides the opportunity to work abroad.
I visited several interior design schools, but found the graduate work at KLC the most inspiring and perhaps more importantly, I immediately felt at home (even at the interview). With the course being vocational and well-connected within the industry I made the right decision for my career.
How does the course fit around your lifestyle?
The intensity of the course meant changes to my lifestyle had to be made. For 9 months KLC has become my main focus, with holidays being a great time for a little 'R&R' and to catch up with friends and family!
What are you enjoying most about the course?
Working with real commercial clients who are renowned within their industry, as well as building upon the design process learnt in the Diploma to a more detailed level. I have also really enjoyed developing my understanding of professional practice within the industry and feel it is an invaluable part of the course.
Where do you look for inspiration?
It may be slightly cliché, but I would say all around me, literally everywhere! It could be in something as mundane as my walk to the tube station, but also exhibitions, theatre, music. It could be in an experience, travel abroad, typography or people. It's just a matter of allowing yourself to see things in a new and different way.
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