Interior Design students set challenging project by Miller Homes

BA (HONS) Interior Design students studying in their second year at Harrogate College have been set a challenging project by Miller Homes; the UK’s largest house building and property development company.

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Miller Homes are currently building a brand new housing development called Chene Hall at Killinghall and are looking for an innovative new design concept to showcase in the show home, selling the energy efficient new builds.

Miller Homes, working in partnership with second year students from the BA (Hons) in Interior Design course has set the students a brief to design a scheme for the master suite at its forthcoming development,

After a site visit and a comprehensive client brief, students were able to get a feel for the space and allow their ideas to start formulating. This project poses quite a challenge to the group, as they are used to working on commercially orientated projects involving architectural and structural decisions, along with functional and aesthetic planning. This is a fantastic opportunity to push themselves out of their comfort zones and into a decoration mind set, working on a live client brief and to a tight deadline.


The degree students set to work on creating a design concept for the master bedroom and bathroom, with the target demographic of a young and professional family in mind. Each individual has honed in on their own set of skills to tackle this project, from hand drawings and images to computer based design such as ‘Photoshop’ and ‘Sketch Up’. The project allows for a variety of techniques and display methods, bringing out the creativity of each student.


The group were given the freedom of a ‘practice pitch of their ideas, to benefit from and draw upon the wealth of knowledge and experience from tutors Emma Smetham and Caroline Miekina Houseman.


They will then have to present their completed project books, design sheets, mood boards and rationale to the panel at Miller Homes on Thursday 12th November, to be in with a chance of winning the opportunity to work with the team of interior designers, on the new show home.


“Studying is of great importance but it is also imperative that students can apply these skills to practical projects. Working with such a recognised company will allow them to understand the processes in this particular field of design and will undoubtedly give them valuable experience. It’s a great opportunity for our students and also the college and we look forward to a strong partnership with Miller Homes team.” – Emma Smetham, Course Leader.

Good luck to all the students taking part, watch this space.


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