CATC Design School – Want to become a designer?

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Last Saturday I was lucky enough to get to attend an interior design workshop at CATC Design School in Sydney. I was bursting out of my skin to get there! This school is amazing and I have heard great things about it. The school covers graphic design, interior design and photography. I was there for the interior design. #heaven.


I was asked to meet a group of keen students on the steps of The Opera House. The students who had signed up to the workshop were given the chance to see what the industry and profession are all about before they attended the actual course. There was a mix of students of all ages: those wanting a career change as well as school leavers.

We were greeted by interior designer/teacher extraordinaire Melinda Kapp. She was gorgeous and welcoming and knew her stuff!


We were at The Opera House to be given a ‘brief’ about a space we would hypothetically design. We wandered and pondered and wrote notes…

Then we formed small groups to analyse the brief and start a mind-map. It was interesting to see how the groups all thought differently! Next we devised a concept. This was going to be our ‘key’ purpose for redesigning a space within The Opera House. Was great fun – although I doubt anyone will ever get their hands on The Opera House. Haha! We can dream though!



Next it was time for a bit of theory – this was my favourite part! Here’s my point form. It was like cramming in part of the course all in an afternoon…

The Elements of Design

  • Lines
  • Shapes
  • Direction
  • Size
  • Texture
  • Colour

Principles of Design

  • Balance
  • Gradation of Colours
  • Repetition
  • Contrast Colours
  • Harmony
  • Dominant Objects
  • Unity

If you’re a design freak, you’ll know these terms well! If you’re interested in them, then maybe this course is for you?

Next we got to wander through the entire school. The building is in ‘The Rocks’ and is magnificent! The ceilings… ahhhh…


About CATC

CATC is a premium provider of Diploma qualification in Interior Design and Decoration and offers flexible study options suitable for mature students and those looking for a change in their career. Interior Design and Decoration is a dynamic and exciting industry, that a lot of people take a keen interest in. Gaining a recognized, relevant qualification is important to get ahead in this industry.





The Graduate Exhibition was also ongoing so we got to have a look. Above is some work from previous students… very impressive. They worked very hard and I was so in awe of these boards. The students were designing two spaces within a hotel and they had to portray the concept, plan, colours and furniture. Each board was different and I loved what some of them had done with the rooms! They even learn how to use ArchiCAD (3-D design software) so the level of quality was great.

Inspiration is everywhere with little quotes on walls and clever artwork. I was in creative heaven!



At CATC Design School you can study a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration in a supportive, creative environment on campus full time, part-time (only 2 nights a week) or online anytime to suite your lifestyle. There are campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. New intake starts on 14 October.

If you want to find out more, pop over to their website and have a stalk around!

I also have a little giveaway for you…

I have CATC ‘goodie bags’ containing things like a sketchbook, poster, stickers and some other bits and pieces put together by CATC to give to 10 lucky bloggers!

All you have to do is answer this question:

How could a course like this one at CATC change your life?

Giveaways are in accordance with my disclosure policy. Full T&C’s here. Giveaway is based on skill. Closes 5pm October 14, 2013.


  • Lisa Matley

    I have always wanted to do a design course but majority are full time – the two nights a week or online options are a great push to sign up for the course. I will definitely be looking into it

  • Diana O

    By enhancing and embracing my natural talents, allowing my abilities to shine in the best way possible. Making the most of my inner creativity, a positive release that I could use to my advantage, rather than just being wasted on family and friends.

    • Katrina (author)

      Hi Diana! You’re a winner of a CATC design school goodies pack via my blog. Are you able to email me your address?

  • Anissa Kean

    I feel this course would complement my overall design for my new home.
    I have made the decision to go to TAFE and do a carpenters course and complete the Owner Builder course.
    Nothing would give me greater satisfaction then standing back and saying “I did it myself”

    • Katrina (author)

      Hi Anissa! You’re a winner of a CATC design school goodies pack via my blog. Are you able to email me your address?

  • Ali

    I currently am a stay at home mum and have not worked for 7 years.
    Before kids I was in the design industry and thinking about going back into the work force.
    The courses would help me get updated and build confidence to get a job .

    • Katrina (author)

      Hi Ali! You’re a winner of a CATC design school goodies pack via my blog. Are you able to email me your address?

  • Something Gorgeous

    A course like this wouldn’t change my life, but enhance it. Throughout my adult life interior design has been my passion but I’ve never had the confidence to take that passion to the next level. Perhaps a course like this would give me the little push I need. xT

  • interior designing in jaipur

    I have done interior designing course from Jaipur, India but I haven’t got that much of success due to lack of interest of people towards this service. Now I have two option either can move to different progressive place or I have to wait here till this trend get hot among people.

  • Emily

    OOH! Nice!

    The graphic design course would give me a refresher before ramping up the freelancing bids again. Before bub #2, I had a strong freelance copywriting business, and had just taken on my first client who wanted design work done too. I’d love to build that up!

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Good luck to everyone!

  • Sarah

    I haven’t worked since my first of three boys were born 10 years ago… doing a course at CATC would give me the confidence to apply for a job.

  • Michelle Gray

    I’m looking to start my “next life”, that’s life once kids are at school. An interior design course at CATC could offer me a fantastic career path with the flexibility to get the right work/family balance.

  • Upset student

    Hello, I studied at CATC and I just wanted to share my experiences. My first 2 terms were great. Some lecturers are really great and knowledgeable, but their customer service is horrible. In particular, a “campus manager” and some staff at their Melbourne campus has been discriminating against me for having a disability and basically ruined my experience at CATC. They’ve banned me from nearly all student opportunities and tried to push me through the course.
    They say everywhere “We are a family, we are friends” etc but that was not how they treated me. I had to make a formal complaint about these staff members and they wouldn’t even follow the outcome from their head office, or even their own policies. They caused me so much stress and I lost my interest in graphic design after taking their course.
    Anyway, that’s my experience.

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