NDA ‘Blog Queen’ Kellie Hill meets TV personality and architect George Clarke!

This year’s Ideal Home show certainly showed consumers that it’s 103rd event was perfectly up to date with the most current trends and topics within interior design and architecture.

Eco-friendly and sustainable interiors were a huge focus this year, with Linda Barker demonstrating how-to seminars about up-cycling and architect George Clarke, refurbishing Ken and Deidre Barlow’s Coronation Street house into a sustainable retreat.

There’s no doubt this green theme has grown from the current economic state of the country, as people start to tighten their belts any means of saving the pennies will be popular.

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Laura Ashley competition winners at NDA


Congratulations to Catriona Doherty, who took first place in the student category of Laura Ashley’s “Inspired Design” competition.

After recently completing the NDA Diploma in Interior Design, Catriona entered the competition and created a design for a room of her choice, using Laura Ashley products and samples. She submitted a mood board of her ideas, and provided a rationale of the thoughts behind it.

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PR Pointers & blogging tips  – Vision Magazine

As a new business, being able to attract customers to buy into your product or service is paramount in order to get yourself noticed.

Creating a strong relationship between your business and the public can have a profound effect upon the success you have in relation to your target market.
The NDA’s PR Executive, Kellie Hill, shares her top ten simple solutions to boost the profile of your business.

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Birmingham Interiors Show 2011 lowdown

It’s the largest trading event, this years Birmingham Interiors Show needed to prove itself after last years poor performance echoed the damaging effect the recession had on the interior industry. It had definitely improved with less pine this year however, I couldn’t help but feel the lack of cutting edge content.

Businesses spent thousands producing breathtaking exhibition stands and the high-end hall was a mirage of silk laced settee’s and soft Italian leather armchairs, but somehow I was unfulfilled. Stood amongst top industry names like Aimbry International, Dreamweavers, Caxton and Duresta, I craved something different and obscure.

The “Thinking Space” designated in Hall 2 was by far the best section of the show for innovative designs, inspiration and content. It was a great place for those wanting to delve deeper into various areas of interior design or the low down on the latest trends.

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Staffordshire graduates face paying hundreds for internships

A careers advisor today blasted organisations for “exploiting” Staffordshire students desperate to secure internships after they graduate.

Mark Kent, Stafforshire University head careers advisor, said young people were being used by firms promoting help with CV and application writing and interview. He spoke out as figures show more and more graduates, leaving university with an average £20,000 of debt, are now being asked to fork out hundreds to secure work experience.

Some companies have been known to charge up to £1,000 for their services. With jobs scarce, and Britain still in a recession, it’s feared graduates from richer backgrounds will have the advantage in getting the best internships and the most sought after jobs.

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Holocaust remembered in Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent

People of all faiths and backgrounds have come together for Holocaust Memorial Day. At a service in St Marys Church, Stafford, pupils from Stafford Sports College read poems on Wednesday (January 27). They also heard the leaders of the North Staffordshire Jewish community read from the Kaddish – a prayer for the fallen.

Six candles were lit by pupils from Bishop School in Stafford, to represent the six million who lost their lives.

The High Sheriff of Stafford Richard Byrd Levett Haszard and Mayor of Stafford, Councillor Jean Tabernor, sat at the front of the church as Reverend Graham Fowell spoke about the need to change society and eradicate hatred toward people of other faiths, backgrounds, and ethnicities.

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Styles on show at Diversity Fashion Show in Stoke-on-Trent

Hundreds turned out to catch a glimpse of the mixture of outfits from a variety of cultures and tastes at Staffordshire University’s Diversity Fashion Show.

The event, which took place at the Leek Road Venue in Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday, started with a bang as the girls from Dance Academics in Longton, performed a raunchy routine to Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance in mesh cat suits.

Shown at the Clothes Show Live in December, students at Stafford College created modern spring/summer designs with pastel coloured pieces, combined with tweed jackets and leather belts to achieve a couture look.

The African and Asian section of the show was the most energetic, and got people dancing in their seats. Traditional tie-dye prints, bright colours, luxurious fabrics and sequins bounced off the lights, as the models danced down the runway.

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Pottery workshops on offer in Stoke-on-Trent

A series of workshops are taking place across the five towns of Stoke-on-Trent in an attempt to reignite public interest in creative art.

Funded by Staffordshire University and The TalkingShop programme, pottery newcomers can explore their creative talents by enrolling in a free workshop.

Independent ceramic artist Alex Shimwell runs the workshop in a factory in Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent.

Since discovering his ability as a teenager, he’s built up his own decorative ceramic and table wear business, and is now helping keen learners to explore the joys of making pottery.

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Press Releases

Win £3000 cash, design the interior of a £1million Penthouse and make your design a reality!

The National Design Academy is delighted to launch a competition to design the interior of a £1million Penthouse apartment within the multi-award winning RiverCrescent development in Nottingham.

The competition is aimed at interior design students of all levels and keen amateurs and will help kick-start the winner’s interior design career. The winner will not only receive £3000, but will work with NDA Private Clients, the professional interior design practice of the National Design Academy to develop and implement their design.

They will also receive extensive publicity, a professional portfolio of photographs of the Penthouse and a VIP invitation to the unveiling at the champagne reception  Award Ceremony. The winner and 5 short listed designers will also win one years student membership at the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) funded by NDA.

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The National Design Academy’s first open day of 2011 is a great success.

Specialising in distance learning Interior Design courses, The National Design Academy have experienced an influx of people wanting to study interior design at home. The first open day of 2011 at the NDA was a great success and kicked off the new year to a flying start.

The day started with an introduction to The National Design Academy tutor team and an overview of the Academy’s history. The Director of Studies, Anthony Rayworth then delivered a talk explaining the various elements involved in interior design such as colour, lighting and spatial awareness. He also emphasised the importance of learning how to deal with client briefs, sticking to deadlines and budgets.

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Alternative routes to a Degree in Interior Design

As the New Year sets in, we all start to think about our goals for the coming year, but many resolutions are thrown out the window after a few weeks. However, those of us aspiring to develop ourselves further don’t have to give up at the first hurdle. Interior Design enthusiasts who want to build on their creative talents can flex those fingertips by opting for a unique way of learning.

The traditional degree route has always been studying at college or university, although increasingly many are choosing distance learning, or home studying as it’s also known. The National Design Academy, based in Nottingham, specialises in Interior Design courses via online distance learning and is a great alternative route for existing “self taught” interior designers wanting to gain a formal qualification.

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How to continue to earn whilst studying

The hike in tuition fee prices has got a lot of people thinking about alternative education routes like distance learning. It can be done in your own home, in your own time and more importantly it allows students to gain valuable work experience in between studying.

Distance learning fees are usually lower than university courses and if you pick the right place to study, you can come away with credible qualifications and great employer references. More young people are taking an interest in this form of higher education and the perception that distance learning is more suited for mature students is vanishing.

Most distance learning institutions deliver all their course material online, and have various tools like discussion forums, Facebook and Twitter to give students as much support as possible. This wealth of support given to students, makes the option of distance learning less scary and more attractive.

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