Student Testimonials

Aleksandra Zablotni-Schantz, Canada:

"I pursued an Interior Design Diploma through Rhodec International after completing a Bachelor's Degree in Management and International Development. The creative field of design was one I was always passionate about, but it made most sense logistically and financially to complete the Diploma through correspondence, while working full-time.

"During my last year of study, I approached an Architectural and Interior Design firm to complete a self-administered 'internship'. One thing led to another and once I completed my Diploma I was offered a full-time position. Over the past 6 years, with a lot of hard work and dedication, I advanced through the ranks from Junior to Intermediate and most recently to a Senior Interior Design position. To date, I've had the opportunity to lead and design major new-construction and renovation projects in the residential, commercial and hospitality fields. Some of my favourite projects include unique concept restaurants, medical clinics, a control room for a major industrial facility, visitor centres for the provincial government as well as countless timber-frame and 'mountain-modern' residential new-build homes. In addition to work throughout the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, I've had the opportunity to take on projects in Las Vegas and Santa Barbara, California. At any given time, I manage 12-25 projects (depending on size and scope) and further work in new business development, marketing and project management.

"My Rhodec Diploma has certainly opened up a very important door into an incredibly creative, fast-paced and satisfying career with a highly-regarded firm. The courses provided an important foundation in design knowledge which, coupled with a lot of practical experience and ongoing education, has been a key to my personal success.

"My next professional goal will be pursuing my NCIDQ certification, which I have just applied for."

Jenny Didas, USA:

"I was living overseas in Saudi Arabia when I completed the Rhodec program. It took a lot of hard work and self discipline to move through the project assignments. Upon my return to the USA, I gained immediate employment as an Interior Designer for a large construction firm.

"I now have my own design firm, Design Forum, which specializes in interior planning for new residential construction. Recently, I was accepted as an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers. I have complete creative freedom by operating from an office in my home. My research and attendance at trade shows has led to an extensive design library which is available to my clients. I communicate with local builders via the internet and meet them at the construction sites to work out interior details. I could not dream of a better career than this!"

Marion Clare, Canada:

"I graduated with a Rhodec Diploma and ran my own interior design business in England until I moved to Canada. Before I emigrated I was offered a position as an associate designer with a presitigious interior design company here in Victoria. I worked with them for around six months and then set up my own company, and have been steadily busy with most of my clients coming from referrals.

"I enclose a copy of my brochure which I hope may be of interest as I know you always like to hear about the progress of your students.

"My training seems to be of an unusually high standard here and I am frequently asked where I studied. I will always be grateful to Rhodec for my thorough education in interior design. Keep up the good work."

Zsuzsanna Fehrman, USA:

"I wanted to take this opportunity to say thanks for all of your assistance throughout my Rhodec educational experience. Your school is top notch, and I wish Rhodec much continued future success!

I found that my tutors were genuinely interested in helping me succeed. Whenever I had questions regarding my studies, I always received prompt responses from both my tutors and Rhodec's administrative offices.

"Since completing my Rhodec studies, I have to say that I feel well prepared to enter the exciting field of interior design. Best wishes to you all."

Jill Armitage, UK

"When I expressed an interest in learning more about your interior design and decoration courses, I eagerly devoured every scrap of information in your prospectus. Needless to say, I liked what I read and enrolled for the Diploma Course.

"Part of the prospectus, devoted to 'students tell us', I pooh-poohed - why? Because I liked facts and not fairy tales, and I believed these to be the latter. Well, Rhodec, if you had been my fairy godmother, you could not have given me anything better than the opportunities that your training has opened up for me. Fairy tales: never; facts: every time.

"Everything that you promised has come true, and more. Thank you, Rhodec; I will continue to sing your praises. I owe you so much: you not only gave me a career, you gave me self-esteem and confidence in my own ability."

Dennis Bolo, Kenya:

"I am truly proud of being a former student at Rhodec and still have nice memories of my studies time. More so, the knowledge I gained at Rhodec has been very helpful in my day-to-day work with United Nations (UNAMI) in Iraq especially the field of space planning. I still refer to the study materials I got from Rhodec. I must say they are not only very resourceful but rich in content and helped enhance my proficiency at work.

"These study materials were also valuable during my studies in pursuit of my BA Degree with National Design Academy (NDA) before I finally graduated from Staffordshire University in 2015.

"At Rhodec I regularly communicated with students, and many were supportive and shared great ideas that were quite inspirational and helpful to me through my course.

"I am now pursuing my Master Degree in Architectural Project Management offered by Heriot-Watt University and look forward to another graduation in the UK next year, God willing.

"Professionally, I am still the engineer in charge of the Kirkuk duty station and a member of the Architectural Association of Kenya.

"Finally, I must say that I have absolutely no regrets as the distance learning offered me an opportunity and flexibility to learn at my pace amidst the pressures of work at the time. Moreover, I was learning and improving on what I was doing as part of my daily work at the time. Above all, the studies at Rhodec have equipped me with better skills to manage interior projects effectively and efficiently."

Wayne Silver, UK:

"Embarking on my Rhodec course coincided with my being at a complete career crossroads. Over the 3 years I have felt extremely motivated to carry on and this is encouraged by the modular nature of the course. Overall, I think I can safely say that I am absolutely over the moon that I decided to take the course; I am thrilled to bits with my qualifications and I am really excited at the prospect of a career in interior design ahead.

"My Mum, Dad and partner are very proud of me! I have obtained other qualifications in the past but this is the first one that has given me a real sense of self-worth and a real vision of a new career opportunity ahead of me which I feel very equipped to tackle: I am just starting the project of refurbishing my new home which is a farmhouse and barn built in 1605 and last converted in the 70s.

"The course has been administered brilliantly and has made the concept of a correspondence course very real.

"Thanks, Rhodec!"

Ashton Hollands, South Africa:

"It seems that my lifetime dream has come true! I enclose my application for fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts duly signed by the fellows, and it just awaits the Principal's signature. Believe me, I am most enthusiastic about Rhodec. It's the most thorough and beautifully worked out course and I give it full credit for my competence in the subject."

Laurie Horton Ledger, UK:

"My decision to study with Rhodec has provided me with a most rewarding second career.

"Having previously worked as a secretary with no previous training in interior design, I completed the Diploma Course in a little over two years. A year later, I now run my own business and have just moved into new larger offices in central Hove, having started working from a small spare room at home.

"We have been appointed interior design consultants to a local building society which will entail the refurbishment of their 40 offices over the next few years. I have just redesigned an accountant's offices and am at present having discussions with a major seafront hotel in Brighton and hope shortly to carry out some work for them. We have even revamped the waiting room of a local crematorium!

"Our two latest projects are a company flat on the top floor of a large office block, and the conversion of a big Victorian house in Ealing. This latter commission came as a direct result of the clients knowing Rhodec's reputation and asking the college to recommend a graduate working in their area. I only wish I'd discovered Rhodec twenty years ago and given up all those years spent at the keyboard!"

Choong Pak Mun, Malaysia:

"I wish to thank all staff, the Principal and tutors of Rhodec for this rare opportunity to earn a BA from a prestigious UK University, without even leaving my country. Once again Rhodec outclassed all other colleges in distance learning education. Thank you."

Crystal McNally, USA/Indonesia:

"I have always had a eye for functional aesthetics. I love pushing the creative boundaries, while keeping to trends. Rhodec International helped me transition from a career in education to following my passion in interior design. They enabled me to further develop my skills in decorating, to applying design principles in a wide variety of residential and non-residential projects.

"I have been able to acquire a deeper understanding in the art of decoration, developing a compact and workable knowledge in clearly established principles and definable ideas.

"My worldwide travels continue to give me inspiration, as well as access to uncommon pieces of furniture and art. Although I often spend most of the day juggling kids, I have also been able to start my own interior design firm. My website specializes in mixing eclectic styles on moderate budgets.

"To Rhodec students: Don't ever give up!"

Fiona Evans, UK:

"After graduating from Rhodec with Distinction I completed the Interior Design with Technology degree course at The London Metropolitan University, full time for a year and achieved a 2:1 Bachelor's Degree.

Following work experience with Limited Editions Interior Design Consultants in Storrington, Sussex I took on a small franchise with them working from home. I obtained an associate membership of BIID. After five years with Limited Editions I am still working from home for Cuckfield Interiors, my own company. The website is www.cuckfieldinteriors.co.uk.

I have also been writing interior design articles contributing to Cuckfield Life, a local magazine for a number of years"

Margareth Cilia, Malta:

"I graduated back in June 2012 and have since set up my own Interior Design Studio in Malta. I have established a portfolio of customers which is growing at a steady pace. My customers range from first-time buyers to renovations, rentals and block constructions.

"My Rhodec experience has broadened my knowledge in fields which were unfamiliar such as the diversity of finish materials which is ever growing and the detail of construction which, although much different in Malta, has helped me to ask the right questions and point out elements which would enhance the holistic approach of the design to architects and service providers.

"Rhodec has also helped in developing my sense of creativity and boosted morale with positive comments that were received throughout my three years of study.

"I had never held a drafting pen in my hand prior to my Rhodec experience and was about to give up after my first assignment! But thanks to tutor support at the time I was encouraged to try harder and I am glad I did!"

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Vanessa Strange, USA:

"I think you have an excellent program. I've attended two supposedly "top" colleges in the US, and honestly your curriculum, organization, and depth of material were superior to much of what was presented at either of these."

Orsolya Suveg, UK:

"I would like to thank all the tutors who helped me through these years, and of course the school and its system which always allow to have a second chance, just in case. "My overall experience with the subjects was really great. I had great fun and joy during these years and I will definitely suggest the school to all who are seeking for studying interior design."

Beatrice Migneco, Malta:

"My experience at Rhodec was great. I have worked for seven years as an Interior Designer within a local shop plus doing freelance work, but recently I took the plunge to leave my job and set up on my own full time."

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Amanda Woolis, UK:

"Studying at Rhodec gave me the confidence and skills to continue my studies at the NDA and I have just gained a BA in Interior Design."

Alix Lattey, New Zealand:

"Thank you so much for the great final mark!

I think it has been good to do the courses at several stages of my career, and now that I have just done the final assignment at the age I now am, I have been able to bring together a lot of life experience into the project.

I have worked as an interior designer over the years and in the last 10 years have also become an architectural designer and now am leading the team which processes building consents for our local council. I get to see all the buildings going up in our area.

I still have several interior design clients, not least of which is the Council, and I am going to be redesigning our Council chambers in the new year. It has been great doing the Rhodec course. We are so isolated here in NZ regarding design and having access to the learning from Europe, especially the history of design, has been hugely beneficial .

Once again, thank you.

Solange Lauthier, France:

"I am only half way through the Associate Diploma Course but I want to tell you that I am already delighted: the course is interesting, challenging and good value for money."

Roger Dimapilis, Saudi Arabia:

"Having a full time job, with my family here in Saudi Arabia took a lot of patience. I had to deprive myself of a few luxuries, but it was worth it. At last I can relax now and reward myself.

"Thanks Rhodec for helping me to attain this goal. Looking forward to practice this profession with pride."

Fatema Alibhai, Uganda:

"My experience at Rhodec was amazing. The teachers were quick to respond to numerous questions and the service was great throughout.

"I was practising in the interior design field until I had a baby which put a halt on the work. However now I'm planning on managing a website that benefits the interior design community in Uganda by allowing users to find products and services available in their locality. With this goal in mind we are soon to launch our website which will connect and also educate homeowners on what interior design and design tools can help them finalize their decisions."

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