2016 Design Dilemma

2016 Design Dilemma


[music plays throughout] [Lisa]
All of the interior decorating students in their final semester are offering
free 15 minute consultations for real clients
that have real design problems. [Susan Topping] This is now
the third year for the Design Dilemma. Um, it has been growing each year. And, uh, so has the amount of students
and the interest in the program. [Jay Shree] It gives us experience
to work with clients and to just think on the spot of what design trends
that we could tell them, and any way we can help them
with colour trends, and just anything
that’s popular right now. [Lisa]
They come with an open plan, and we were basically
helping them space plan, um, showing them
the work triangle, um, how, where to place furniture, what colours,
what finishes to use, um, and, and different options
on how they could plan their space. Even though we only have 15 minutes
to consult with them, uh, oftentimes they ask
for our contact information, and it could actually lead
to a real job. [Susan]
So they learn how to think on their feet and get to know that they really
do know a lot from their education. [Jo Alcorn] I think what
this program does is a lot of hands-on. It’s very interactive. They’re getting the knowledge of sales,
but design and marketing, AutoCAD – so they’re getting a real mix
of what the industry’s about and then business skills
and the confidence behind it. They really enjoy it and, I think,
it gets them even more excited to graduate
and get out there in the real world. [Sarah]
It is a challenging program. We touch up
on a lot of different things that have to do
with interior decorating, space planning,
colour schemes, I definitely gained
a lot of experience in this program. [Fatima]
The professors are very well trained. They do a one-on-one thing,
so if you have a problem, you can always go
back to your professor, ask them
what the problems are. They all come from a great background
and a lot of experience. We have learned Photoshop,
we have learned InDesign, we are learning, um, AutoCAD,
we’re also learning SketchUp. So you are literally
doing 3D models. You are actually
not only a decorator, you are even becoming a stylist
at the same time. [Neptune]
All schools teach you things, but when they teach you
the extra little thing, that’s what makes you confident
as a student. And, obviously,
everyone’s gonna be nervous, everyone’s gonna have a hard time
to be in the real world and working. So, for me, that’s really
a big thing here at Humber that I’m gonna be really confident
that I know so much, that I have so much knowledge
about even the little things that I shouldn’t be knowing. [Lisa] I just can’t wait
to get out into the design industry and really use all the skills
that I’ve, I’ve learnt at Humber. I feel this program
has really prepared me to go out there into the world
and do my thing with confidence. And, uh, and I’m just so excited
to do what I love to do. [music fades out]


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