In the final year of their studies, students undertake a yearlong self-directed design project. Over the duration of the year, students develop a comprehensive body of intensive exploratory work and learn deeply about their motivations to establish their interests in the practice of interior design. They are encouraged to apply their thinking concerning contemporary issues and challenge conventional interior design notions to produce innovative and unique outcomes. This undertaking is an intensive and rigorous activity that involves creative risk-taking, exploration of in-depth ideas, and developing a personal vision for practising interior design.
This year has been incredibly challenging, with the effects of the pandemic playing a significant role in the teaching and learning space. I admire this year's graduates for demonstrating resilience and tenacity in their creative and critical endeavours, and it is inspiring to see what has been produced and accomplished. INDEX is a wonderful celebration of this energy and effort!
INDEX is an exhibition and an event – it is an opportunity to share this vision for interior design and celebrate the exciting potential of their emergent practice. INDEX is the spatial index of the students thinking, making and experience. It is an assemblage – an arrangement of ideas, approaches, projects, technologies, mediums, activities, conversations – into a dynamic exhibition.
INDEX is usually held in temporary spaces off-campus, in various locations in and around Melbourne. For the first time in 38 years, INDEX is occurring on campus and in the RMIT Design Hub Gallery –inaccessible for most of the year. The students, in collaboration with staff, have produced a vibrant hybrid virtual-physical exhibition.
Congratulations to the graduating students of 2021!
I want to acknowledge and thank many people who have been involved in the final year – Leslie Eastman for coordinating the 2021 graduate year and the tutors - Jen Berean, James Carey, Madeliene Griffiths, Raphael Kilpatrick, Michelle Mantsio, Pip McCully, Nick Rebstadt. I appreciate the guest practitioners who generously contributed their time to the students by participating in panel discussions and critiques. I also want to thank the academic staff in the interior design program; Suzie Attiwill, Ying-Lan Dann, Anthony Fryatt, Kate Geck, Olivia Hamilton, Roger Kemp, Andy Miller, Phip Murray and Adam Nash.