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Dawn Correia

  • Interior Design Courses

My background is in applied arts and as a design practitioner I have exhibited and retailed my work nationally. I have a degree in Contemporary Decorative Craft and an MA in Design, a PGCE and am in the process of completing a PhD. I have over 10 years lecturing experience in design and theoretical studies.

Since childhood I have loved drawing, painting and making things and come from a family of creative people. I studied general art and design at college but then ended up settling down to have a family and working in an office administrative role for several years, foregoing the idea of university.

My love of designing and making never left me and I continued to draw and make then found myself working for a university. This is when I became enthused to return to education to finish what I had started years earlier and it was both a scary and exciting decision but one that I have never regretted and I have never looked back and love what I do – both as a designer maker, educator and design historian – it’s in my blood.

My greatest achievement

I think there have been several (most of all bringing up my son) but in a professional capacity I suppose that taking a leap of faith in myself to leave my job and become a mature student has been the biggest achievement.

Other career highlights include being commissioned to create a piece that was presented to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Also, as a graduate my work was featured in The Independent newspaper.

I am currently involved in doctoral research studying historical philosophical instruments in a design context both cataloging and testing a collection of specific nineteenth-century optical devices at the History of Science Museum at Oxford University.

My inspiration

Textures, colours, nature, history and I love the craftsmanship of old scientific instruments and the stories attached to them.