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Six Interior Design students from Christchurch based Design and Arts College of New Zealand (D&A) were accepted as finalists into the 2011 Dulux Colour Awards. The awards, being in their 25th year in 2011, bought together works from Australian, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fijian architects and interior designs. A total of 91 entries from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea made it through to the finalist stage of this year's awards, 25 per cent of the finalists were from New Zealand. All student category entrants were From the Design and Arts College of New Zealand (D&A).

D&A Interior Design students were given a project which addressed the lack of childcare available in the city centre; students were to create a childcare centre catering for children aged 0-5. Students were to design a concept within a given space and create three separate areas with relevant needs for each. Students produced branding material for their play centre, realistic 3D renders and working drawings including a colour/décor scheme utilizing the Dulux colour palette.

Winners were judged in Sydney on 30th March by an esteemed panel of Australian design leaders, D&A student Kelly Hanrahan was awarded a Commendation for her Tiny Tots Childcare Centre.

The Design and Arts College of New Zealand (D&A) prides itself on its close relationship with the industry which also includes an Industry Advisory Group. One such relationship is that which it holds with Dulux. 

"Colour is a huge part of interior design, so it is great that D&A holds such a strong relationship with a reputable brand such as Dulux" says Melanie Arnold, Interior Design Programme Coordinator, "The Dulux Colour Awards give our students a great opportunity to work to an industry focused project, while familiarising themselves with a top quality project. Dulux provided an amazing amount of support to our students throughout the project, even throwing them a celebration breakfast".

D&A's Diploma of Interior Design is a two year, industry focused Diploma. Students have gone on to work as residential or commercial interior designers, product designers, draughtsperson or renderers, visual merchandising designers, showroom assistants, colour merchandise consultants and more.

"D&A stands out because it allows students to really explore their creative side. Students are taught by industry professionals, each bringing their own set of skills and knowledge to the college which gives our students a unique learning opportunity" says Arnold.

D&A is still up and running, though in temporary premises, and is working towards creating a bigger and brighter future. Applications are being accepted now for their July intake in Foundation, Graphic Design, Fashion Design and Interior Design. Visit www.dac.ac.nz for more information.