A longstanding passion for design and creativity led Alexandra Pestrivas to the forefront of innovation at RMIT, where technology and design enjoy a reputation for outstanding facilities, industry-connected teachers and hands-on learning.
As well as the numerous student-led exhibitions we hold throughout the semesters, we’re also lucky enough to have contact with many design professionals.
Inspiration has always played an important role in defining Alex’s work, and the process was no different when deciding to study Interior Design at RMIT.
“Ever since primary school I have been interested in drawing and creativity. My older siblings were heading into university when I was still quite young. That’s when I became familiar with RMIT, and after recognising its high reputation for technology and design I was even more inspired”.
When Alex finally got the chance to explore the campus for herself, she realised Design was the best fit. “When it came down to preferences I was tossing up between Architecture and Interior Design. Once I came down to Melbourne I had my first real experience on campus and felt Interior Design was the best fit”.
“On our very first day of university in this course, we headed to Testing Grounds in Southbank and helped build The Pyramid, a major installation as part of Melbourne Design Week 2018. Quite a full-on yet rewarding first day!
“Since then there have been numerous student-led exhibitions throughout the semesters which have been exciting to be a part of, we’ve also been lucky enough to have contact with many design professionals and their work throughout our studies”.
Work-integrated learning and internships are also tremendously beneficial experiences. “It is an important opportunity we’re all aware of here” says Alex. “Many students have studied abroad for a duration of this course, gaining invaluable knowledge and new perspectives! Every activity develops and strengthens our skills in many areas of design, creating a flexible and open-minded attitude.
Alex’s journey has also been helped by the support that’s offered to students. “I was fortunate enough to receive an RMIT Study Support Scholarship for both semesters. As I moved to the city from Mildura, I lived at RMIT Village for my first year and received an RMIT Village Accommodation Support Scholarship. Having this additional support from RMIT was really valuable during this new and exciting time - especially having moved away from home.
“Attend the open days if you can” advises Alex. “Check out the campus, research your interests on their website and in course guides! Follow their social media, it’s a good insight to see what is happening and going on. Be proactive about applying for scholarships if you’re interested”.
Alex is now looking closely at her own prospects as an interior designer, primarily working in residential design, while also exploring the prospect of commercial and exhibition design later. In the meantime, she is also thoroughly enjoying the supportive and fun social environment of RMIT.
“There are so many ways you can get involved within RMIT, whether that be social or academically which is a great way to broaden your horizons, excel your abilities and get extra support when needed!”