Jorid Vitterso

Jorid Vitterso, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts

Interior Architecture BA(Hons)

Drawing Space: ICD
My background:

When I first realised I wanted to do something creative I was 15 years old and about to start high school in my home country; Norway. I had always been creative, drawing and painting throughout my childhood, and at 15 I knew that this is what I wanted to study further. In high school I tried many different creative processes but I found myself always drawn to the process of design, and architecture in particular.

In my search of an education the University of Brighton soon became my top choice. I found the course intriguing and it would give me the education I wanted and steer me towards the kind of carrier I wanted. It also has a great international society with several social events and academic support for a foreigner like me. I must also admit that the seaside location was also very appealing.

I have truly enjoyed my three years at University of Brighton. I have developed my skills, learned new skills and grown from an 18-year-old student into a 21-year-old graduate. There has been times when I have been frustrated and confused, but at the end of the day I worked through it and wouldn’t trade these three years for anything.

Throughout my education I’ve had many different sources of support at hand, most frequently tutorials with my tutor, at least once a week, and I have had access to other facilities such as the library, workshop with very helpful technicians, printing facilities, ICT lecture and many other facilities.

What would you say to anyone considering this course?

I would encourage anyone whose considering applying to Interior Architecture to be determined that this is what he or she wants to do. This course is a lot of hard work, a lot of late nights, but at the end of the day it is worth it. If you are really interested in the field of design and architecture this is the course for you. You don’t necessarily need to be fantastic at drawing or good at making models, these are things you will learn, the most important thing is to be creative, keep an open mind and put all your efforts into you degree.

I think my greatest challenges have been time management, determination and confidence. You can get as much help as you want, but ultimately it all comes down to you. You need to put in the time necessary, you need to be determined about what you want to do and how you want to do it and you need to have confidence in yourself, your abilities and your idea.

After graduation:

After graduating I plan to move to London and hopefully work in an architectural practice. I want to continue to grow as a designer and I hope will get the chance to do this while living in London for a few years to come. I also plan to do a masters degree at some point in the future, but I want some experience in the industry before continuing my education.

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