RMIT's Bachelor of Interior Design has broadened Alex's approach to design through classes with experienced professionals and exciting live projects.
Alex Pestrivas is completing her second year of a Bachelor of Interior Design with Honours.
“I really liked design when I was a kid. I used to flick through display home books to learn about floor plans and what designing a floor plan entailed. I liked the idea that I could create anything I liked and the freedom of playing around with design.
"Towards the end of high school I studied Viscomm and started thinking more seriously about a career in interior design and architecture.”
Alex learned about RMIT through the research her older siblings were doing into their university options.
“I discovered that RMIT was very well known for interior design, architecture and technology, and I was pretty much set from then on."
Her experience at RMIT has been wide and varied, through a mix of contributing to live industry projects, learning from experienced design professionals and creating student-led exhibitions.
“Studying here has shown me that interior design is a bit more creative than I first thought. I’m dealing with spaces that contain ephemeral qualities and creating different relationships and experiences in the space. I’m learning to think about how a space makes a person feel, as well as the design choices of how a space looks.
“The teaching staff at RMIT are really great and inspiring. They share their work and experiences from their own practices and that gives us a good sense of what we can do and what’s out there. My highlights of studying so far have been working on live projects and interacting with professionals within the design industry.“
Alex moved from country Victoria to the city to study interior design and lived at RMIT Village for the first year while she settled in to city life.
“I was lucky enough to receive a Study Support Scholarship when I started, which supported me to live at RMIT Village. It was a great experience, I made new friends and had a support network while I got to know the city and studied.
"Some of my favourite things to do to get design inspiration are looking at the Melbourne City skyline, visiting the Botanical Gardens and walking by the Yarra River. There's so much to explore here, but being in the city can feel quite busy sometimes so I love to visit nature to wind down. Around campus I like to head to the library or the social eating area on Bowen St, or meet friends at Melbourne Central for lunch.”
Alex is looking forward to the opportunities that present themselves in her third and fourth year of her studies and beyond.
“What’s next for me is graduating with honours and seeing where interior design can take me.”
From dreaming up floorplans to industry projects, Alex is seeing where interior design can take her.
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