- As seen in Humber Today Winter 2012 issue
After four years of developing concepts, and months of working on final semester projects, Humber Bachelor of Applied Arts – Interior Design degree program students present their work at the program’s annual thesis show.
Students work on interior designs for a range of locations, including a theatre school, native community centre, office buildings and restaurants, and present them to industry professionals.
“It’s an awesome opportunity to show the skills we’ve learned to professional designers who might hire us,” says Danielle Vincer, one of the fourth-year students.
There is significant industry input on everything from course curriculum to the studios in which students learn, says Kelly Gluck, the Interior Design program coordinator.
A paid work placement gives students a 14-week term to apply their classroom and studio knowledge on various projects.
“Interior design professionals know that Humber students have a tremendous amount of technical knowledge, but they’re also extremely creative, which is what you see in the thesis projects,” says Gluck.
Sukaina Ebrahim was one of the students presenting at the most recent Interior Design thesis show. When she started at Humber, she had just quit working in sales. After graduating, she was hired full-time as a designer at Freeman + Freeman Design Inc., a downtown Toronto company. She has worked in designing a variety of interiors, including several office spaces and a chiropractor’s clinic.
“Interior design is more than just decoration. There is a lot of research we do on sustainable design, the use of technology, accessibility, all while being creative and imaginative,” says Ebrahim. “I love that every project I work on is different and every day offers a new challenge.”