For many interior designers it's a dream to one day design spaces for a world-renowned building, hotel or resort.

That dream became a reality for TAFE Queensland Diploma of Interior Design (MSF50218) students, thanks to a collaborative learning project with Lady Elliot Eco Resort, an award-winning eco-tourism icon on the Great Barrier Reef.

As part of their final assessment, the Coomera campus students worked in pairs to redesign the dining and bar area at the resort.

Sustainability, accessibility, recycling and history all played a major part in the brief from the management team as well as keeping to a budget.

For students Brittany Dain and Elizabeth Peacock that meant many hours were spent reconfiguring the layout of the area to create a more spacious feel and ensure minimal environmental impact.

“Our design concept has a warm coastal colour pallet and is a real acknowledgement to the beautiful island surroundings by bringing the outdoors in, while paying attention to the environmental impact of every aspect of the design,” said Brittany.

“One of my favourite features is how we've opened up the east side of the building with big louvre windows and sliding doors. This means ample natural light will brighten the space and give opportunity for the stunning views to be seen.”

The 23-year-old said if the team chose their concept they would be absolutely thrilled.

“We would be extremely proud if any element from our concept was included in the final design, it's why we enrolled into the course with TAFE Queensland, so we could get that industry experience and bring our creative ideas to life.”

TAFE Queensland General Manager on the Gold Coast, Karen Dickinson said she was delighted that the partnership had provided a live work experience opportunity for the students.

“TAFE Queensland is privileged that the Lady Elliott Eco Resort team have afforded our interior design students the opportunity to put their skills into practice and work on this real-world project,” she said.

“The resort’s focus on sustainability and renewable energy is to be commended and it's exciting to see how our students have tailored their designs to meet the brief.”

“Our students have done an amazing job and I certainly don't envy the Lady Elliot Eco Resort team as they review each design.”

Ms Dickinson said it was an amazing opportunity for students to connect with industry on a professional level.

“Industry-relevant learning experiences like this ensure our students graduate with the confidence, capabilities, and the hands-on skills employers are looking for and expect from our graduates.”

“At TAFE Queensland, we know the power of training and skills and by working together, hand-in-hand with award-winning industry partners like Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, we are helping our students to change their lives and to achieve their career aspirations.”

The Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort management team are currently reviewing the students’ designs and are yet to determine if they will select just one design or elements from each to create their new dining and bar area.




"It's why we enrolled into the course with TAFE Queensland, so we could get that industry experience and bring our creative ideas to life.” - Brittany Dain, Diploma of Interior Design (MSF50218) student

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