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Finished my Degree! | Interior Design

Reception Final Render

I’m back! I swam up from the sea of homework and survived. Words cannot express how excited I am to finally be done with school. These last few weeks have been stressful, hectic and chaotic. No matter how much work you have finished it always seems like more will bob up to the surface.

I also learned a very important thing about my area of study. If you want to study Interior Design, you need mucho cash flow. Over the years we’ve been shelling out upwards of $20-80 for assignments which at first are a real pain, but then somehow you get used to the idea of spending money to get marks.

Thesis has been a real slap in the face because paper is hella expensive. I want to share this information simply as a PSA that on top of the thousands of dollars you spend on school, you spend even more on projects.

Second Floor Kitchen Updated

Final Thesis Dossier $135.00

Three completed booklets of all our work for presentations and thesis show

Final Thesis Posters $70.00 each

Two for our thesis show, must be mounted on foam core

Final Model $80.00 in plastic, $20.00 for added materials

Model of our project and changes to the building site

Working Drawings $40.00

24 x 36″ paper, with details on how to build our project

Total: $415.00

(and that’s just final projects, not counting mid-terms etc.)

I spent almost $500 on things that I will use once and then ultimately recycle and/or throw away. Considering our designs are moving to a much more sustainable approach, it’s kind of ridiculous how much we actually use in the process. As well, I personally feel that the physical model was superfluous and unnecessary with programs like sketchup and revit that create 3D models as well.

If the money we paid covered some of the printing costs, it wouldn’t be nearly as bad. However, if you want print credits at the school you have to pay tax (ie. $40.00 in print credits becomes $45.20)

Living Spaces

Okay, okay. I’m sorry this turned into a rant! It’s just, if I was coming from a low-income family this would be an extremely hard expense at the end of the year. Trust me, I am happy to be done and although the price of printing is extremely expensive it has been a decent four years of education.

I’ve also managed to secure a job, thankfully. My boyfriend and I will be moving into a full-size house! (we’re only renting) but it’s a real step up from the one-bedroom, basement apartment we’ve been living in right now.  I can’t wait to start earning some real money, posting more regularly, reading other blogs and just all around getting life sorted out!

Thanks so much for reading my rant guys, I’ll be back to regular posting by next week!


  • So. Proud. Of. You!!!
    Yay! Well done, sweetie!
    I can only imagine how much work it’s been and how crazy busy you were! But you did it!! Congrats on getting a job situation sorted out & moving into a full-size house! Nothing beats a good space 🙂
    I am sure everything will work out for you, lovely <3
    xox Nadia

    • lindseyelyse

      Thanks Nadia! It’s so exciting to move forward and I cannot wait to design a new space!

  • Congrats! That’s great news that you are done and have a job lined up! Hope you enjoy your new place.

    • lindseyelyse

      Thanks Sandie! I’m sure you’ll hear lots about it soon LOL

  • Yay, congrats on finishing and on the job!

    • lindseyelyse

      Thank you!! 🙂

  • Welcome back! And congratulations, Lindsey! You really did amazing and I hope you only the best with your future. Also, these studies are hella expensive! I can see why you aren’t very happy about that. But I bet it’s so exciting to finally be done with it and starting to actually live as a real adult 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • lindseyelyse

      Thanks Leta! So exciting, I can’t wait to move forward 😀

  • First of all, congratulations on graduating, getting a job and moving to a house! It really sounds like you’re on a good roll!

    I wish education in general is not that crazy expensive, it’s heart breaking to think how many people are deprived of further education because they couldn’t afford it. 🙁

    • lindseyelyse

      Thank you! Yes, I’m surprised I managed to somehow land on two feet! Apparently in Ontario there will be free education for low-income families which is great… but doesn’t cover costs like this!

  • Congratulations on finishing your Interior design degree. I would have never thought designs would be that expensive. I would of thought your college would have assigned you funds for your assignments? If only that was the case! I’m wishing you all the best. Come design my place? Haha


    • lindseyelyse

      Thanks! Each semester they give you $20 in credits, but that goes by pretty fast… especially when one page can be up to $1.50!

  • Congratulations on finishing your degree! My best friend did interior design as well and her story about the expenses involved is similar to yours. At least both of you can now breathe easy (she graduated too). 🙂

    • lindseyelyse

      Thanks! I’m not surprised. I’m sure most schools are the same way!

  • Woah congrats on finishing your degree! That’s such a huge accomplishment! Pretty sucky how expensive things were at school, but you’ll soon forget as you start raking in the moneys 😀

    • lindseyelyse

      Thank you! Oh yeah. I look forward to earning money and starting to eat something other than ramen 😉

  • Yay! Congratulations on finishing your degree! Woot woot! But wow…that’s also really expensive. But hey, education right? This is kinda making me freaking out for my 18k a year tuition for my own university course this September. Gaaaaah

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

    • lindseyelyse

      Thank you! Yes… I mean it’s important but just a tad ridiculous. Oh boy, hopefully you don’t have to spend so much on printing!

  • Congrats on being done <3

    • lindseyelyse

      Thanks Alanna!

  • Congratulations on finishing and finding a job! 🙂 I always thought schools would provide material but guess not!

    • lindseyelyse

      Thanks! They really should- the logic that you pay for marks does seem a bit weird!

  • Congratulations!!! 🙂 Wow that is really expensive, never thought that education these days required so much money, when I finished my degree everything was provided to us. Anyways, I moved 2 years ago to a big house with my boyfriend and I love it! (rent also). I used to live in an apartment and now I have more space for my things, he has a spare room as an office and our dog is happier than ever rynning in the garden! 🙂


    • lindseyelyse

      Aww, lucky! That sounds awesome. I’m so excited for it! Yes, I’m sure the dog is much happier to have his own garden to play in haha!

  • Congrats! That is a great achievement and it seems you got everything else sorted out as well: house, job… Awesome!

    • lindseyelyse

      Thank you!

  • congrats. that all sounds so exciting. i study law in germany and it will be a while until i can make some real money and move into a house with my boyfriend but i hope the wait will be worth it in the end.

  • Congrats x 100! I never realized it would cost so much – I just assumed the school would pay for it.
    And congrats on your job and new place! ADULT LIFE!
    Maria | Pink Petals

    • lindseyelyse

      The measly $20.00 in print credits goes by quite quickly! LOL thanks Maria 🙂

  • Hi Lindsey,
    Thanks again for visiting my site today. Congratulations on finishing your degree.

  • Woooohoooo congrats Lindsey! That is freakin’ awesome!!! 😀 😀 😀 Woohoo shot girl and got a job too! YES! <3 Woooow that's crazy, here in New Zealand we get student loans interest free that cover the whole course and then you can borrow $1000 course related costs each year that just gets added on to your loan… it's a bit of a running joke here though that you just can lie on the application form and tick like text books and they put it into your bank account and then people spend it on whatever… yep good ole New Zealand XD. A percentage of your income when you work though goes directly to pay off your student loan and if you go overseas for any length of time that's when interest gets added too it.

    • Thanks Rainbow! We have something really similar here, but after 6 months of being out of school is when you start to pay them off. The interest is what kills you! Of course people would do that I’d take $1000 bucks for free as well LOL!!

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