Our Tutors

From the very beginning of your course you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be with you every step of the way to provide individual support, guidance and encouragement.

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    • Ciarda Barrett+

      Ciarda Barrett

      Course Director

      Ciarda Barrett

      Ciarda is a trained interior designer who has worked in the industry for over a decade with experience in both domestic and commercial interiors. Before setting up her own successful interior design business Ciarda worked for industry leading companies such as Laura Ashley and Hickeys Home Focus. Ciarda is a regular contributor to a number of interior design publications.

    • Antje Gunther+

      Antje Gunther

      Course Tutor

      Antje Gunther

      Antje graduated with a BA (Hons) in Interior Design and since 2003 has been running her own interior design company. Antje has designed sophisticated boutique hotels and bars as well as high-end residences. Antje is a passionate interior designer, with extensive educational experience whose areas of specialisation include space planning and soft furnishings.

    • Fiona McDonald+

      Fiona McDonald

      Course Tutor

      Fiona McDonald

      Fiona is a life-long learner who has studied fine art and photography, holds a BSc in Architectural Technology, an MSc in Advanced Architectural Studies and has even studied furniture design & making. Fiona has worked as a photographer, an interior designer and an architectural technologist. She currently helps commercial and private clients maximise the value of their space.


    Antje Gunther

    Antje graduated with a BA (Hons) in Interior Design and since 2003 has been running her own interior design company. Antje has designed sophisticated boutique hotels and bars as well as high-end residences. Antje is a passionate interior designer, with extensive educational experience whose areas of specialisation include space planning and soft furnishings.

    • Lisa Bafagih+

      Lisa Bafagih

      Course Tutor

      Lisa Bafagih

      Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design and a Diploma in Interior Design. Lisa has extensive experience in period property restoration with projects featured in interior design publications. More recently Lisa has taken a multi-disciplinary approach using digital packages to produce commercial designs for clients such as CIT Cork and Glaxosmithkline.

    • Colette O'Sullivan+

      Colette O'Sullivan

      Program Leader

      Colette O'Sullivan

      Colette trained as an architectural technician and spent four years working on everything from one-off residential buildings to large scale commercial projects. Colette returned to education completing a year-long course in teacher training and an evening course in Graphic Design. Colette holds a first class honours degree in Interior Design.

    • Alex Simpson+

      Alex Simpson

      Course Tutor

      Alex Simpson

      Alex has over 30 years' experience as a professional interior architect and currently runs his own private practice. He is a member of the Institute of Professional Designers and the Institute of Designers for which he served as a council member. Alex has extensive experience teaching design and architectural drawing.

    • Aleks Arne+

      Aleks Arne

      Course Tutor

      Aleks Arne

      Alexandra is from St. Petersburg and has been an interior designer for over four years.

    • Tamzyn Kotze+

      Tamzyn Kotze

      Course Tutor

      Tamzyn Kotze

      Tamzyn has a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Interior Design, and is passionate about the diverse and ever-changing field of design. She works as a freelance residential designer and tutor.