GRADUATION | elevate 2019 student awards

Thank you all to our wonderful students of 2019 and to our sponsors, Havwoods, Polytec and Bristol Paints, for making another incredible graduation ceremony.

Our graduates received their certificates, with a few extra special awards on the night.

HDS Awards 2019

Top Student Interior Design Katie Jones
Deadline Destroyer Mary Ann Dawson

Left to Right: Donna Burrell, Director; Kari Macchiavello, Havwoods; Katie Jones, Mary Ann Dawson

Top Student Allyson Gardiner
Runner Up Kylie Evans

Diploma of Graphic Design Top Student Chloe Hincks
Diploma of Graphic Design Runner Up Monica Harrison

Left to Right: Kylie Evans; Allyson Gardiner; Monica Harrison; Chloe Hincks; Katrina Henningham, Course Coordinator

Industry Awards 2019

Winner Tyler Davidson
Runner Up Kayla Rodway
Encouragement Award Jasmine Schuberth

Left to Right: Donna Burrell, Director; Nigel Buckton, Earp Bros Tiles; Tyler Davidson, Kayla Rodway

Winner Kylie Evans
Runner Up Allyson Gardiner
Runner Up Kerri-Anne Ward

Left to Right: Rob Wilce, Inner City Winemakers; Kylie Evans, Allyson Gardiner, Kerri-Anne Ward, Katrina Henningham, Course Coordinator



Info Night 2020

INFO NIGHT | october 15th

INFO NIGHT | 15 october 2019


Start your journey into the design industry by joining us for an info night!
Ask any questions you have about curriculum, dates, prices, career opportunities etc.

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”
– Edward de Bono

Applications are now open for all 2020 courses.

[icon color=”Accent-Color” size=”small” image=”icon-calendar”] WHEN Tuesday October 15th 5.30 – 6:30pm

[icon color=”Extra-Color-2″ size=”small” image=”icon-road”] WHERE 67 Parry St Newcastle West

[icon color=”Extra-Color-2″ size=”small” image=”icon-edit”] RSVP  Here

For more info, please call 02 4915 7007 or contact us below

2020 Info Night | Thursday 28 NOV 2019

EVENT | The Brief

Set in a relaxed atmosphere, we invite leading designers to deconstruct project briefs and open engaging discussions about the design industry.

September’s edition we are thrilled to host Ian Wrightson from Wrightson Stewart!
Ian will be taking you through one of their latest commissions, Wilston Project, from initial brief through to completion..and beyond!
Wilston Project is a Finalist in the 2018 IDEA Awards.
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Whether you’re a professional, freelancer or student, this event is designed to offer personal development and advice, helping you grow in your field. Opportunities for questions throughout the night are welcomed. Complimentary nibbles and wine provided!

Not yet working or studying in the industry? No worries! Anyone with an interest in the design world is welcome!
Don’t miss the chance to gain valuable industry knowledge from our special guest.

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Ian Wrightson | Wrightson Stewart

Ian Wrightson, a born and bred Novacastrian, is one of the Directors at Design Practise, Wrightson Stewart.

Industry-leading since 2001, Wrightson Stewart specialises in customised built environments, specialising in quality interior design, architectural adaptation, contemporary styling and original product design.

Wholly responsive to the client’s vision, Wrightson Stewart is synonymous with clever adaptation of space and an inimitable polished and timeless international aesthetic that breathes new life into hero architectural features.

Resulting from a customised, considered approach to each project, Wrightson Stewart has featured in all of Australia’s leading design and lifestyle publications, including Vogue Living, Houses, Australian House and Garden, Inside Interior Design Review, and Queensland Homes.

[icon color=”Accent-Color” size=”small” image=”icon-calendar”] WHEN Friday 14 Sept 2018


[icon color=”Extra-Color-2″ size=”small” image=”icon-road”] WHERE  Hunter Design School


[icon color=”Extra-Color-2″ size=”small” image=”icon-edit”] RSVP  Here

Hunter Design School Open Day


Interested in knowing what it is really like to be apart of Hunter Design School? 

The Hunter Design School Open Day will give you the chance to explore and discover your creative future. 


EXPLORE HDS purpose built, brand new, exciting studio spaces

DISCOVER what you could achieve through our current and past students projects

MEET our current and past graduates, gain an insight into what they are doing and where they are going.

GET CREATIVE join the journey of design through paper folding

BE INSPIRED as we hear from leading local interior design and HDS principal, Donna Burrell, as she shares her journey and how your journey can begin


[icon color=”Accent-Color” size=”small” image=”icon-calendar”] WHEN Saturday 30 August from 9am – 4pm

[icon color=”Accent-Color” size=”small” image=”icon-bookmark-empty”] PRESENTATION 11am & 1pm

[icon color=”Extra-Color-2″ size=”small” image=”icon-road”] WHERE 67 Parry St Newcastle West

[icon color=”Accent-Color” size=”small” image=”icon-certificate”] COST Free

[icon color=”Extra-Color-2″ size=”small” image=”icon-edit”] RSVP or register here as part of the design+ event 


for more info, please call 02 4915 7007 or contact us below


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Experience Japan


After an exciting 10days touring Japan, our students are bubbling with tales of exotic foods, perfect design and architecture, stunning scenery plus a little retail therapy and misfortunes. 

PLUS an extraordinary guest speaker, Stephen Scrogings, who will be sharing with us on ‘The Mysteries of Japan and Art’


Come experience their adventures through their stories and colourful photographs.




Be sure to reserve your seat


DAY TRIP – Sydney Indesign

Once again a few students jumped on the train to head down to Sydney Indesign.

Racing around on the free buses to where the showrooms were scattered throughout Alexandria, Surry Hills, Chippendale and other surrounding suburbs. They opened their doors for an exciting program of product launches, guest speakers, collaborations and parties.

The showrooms displayed the most beautiful array of textures and colours where we were able to talk all things design with the staff and other budding designers.

A few of our highlights were….

Furniture and homeware haven, Planet, celebrated individuality, texture and beautiful materials by hosting noted potter Kris Coad, demonstrating hand-throwing porcelain techniques as a catalyst to discuss the process of design. We also were able to make fabric badges from vintage Japanese fabrics, which we proudly wore all day.

The Reece showroom was transformed into a Swiss Alps paradise, this is where some of us had a memorable experience  meeting (and had a photo taken) with the amazing Shayna Blaze and Darren Palmer.

The Galleria hosted installations of breathtaking innovation and technical sophistication from numerous design studios. Here we took part in entering competitions such as designing a tile pattern for Surface Gallery.


At Inlite, we were overwhelmed by the sizable creations of Christopher Boots. Accompanying the product was the new-look creative campaign, a titillating series of provocative photography inspired by ancient, mystical gods and goddesses. Here Arna found her new home in an amazing inflatable gold room featuring  more oversized lighting.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to be apart of whole 3 days and visit everyone but the day was filled with so much fun, food, wine and inspiration.

Opportunities at 67 Party St

The Hunter Design School is excited about the opportunities that are surrounding their new building in Parry St . . . Sometimes spell check writes PARTY ST.  and yes it is going to be one big creative party up there with all the new and exciting businesses and studios joining the neighbourhood.  These include photographers, graphic designers, film producers, dancers, architects, designers, design students, raw food café, restaurant and music along side the existing visionaries, Earps, Classic Cedar and Audi.

The Hunter Design school is however looking for the right partners to join them in the Designers Collective and street front retail shop which is now up for lease.  We are ideally looking for a creative shop offering beautiful things for the home.

If you are interested in joining this dynamic design precinct and discover the clientele that visit this little nook, give Donna a call on 0408 185 788.


Thank you

During our break we have been busy building our new studios.
With the help of some amazing volunteers and suppliers, we have been able to complete the studio at a rapid speed and with some awesome fixtures and finishes.

We would like to acknowledge and thank those who have been so supportive……

Plus our wonderful volunteers….

  • Stuart Janes
  • Ana Saiao
  • Jeffrey Paget
  • Shane Burrell
  • Luke Burrell

NEW Postal Address

Due to our move, we may miss your mail. Please direct all mail to the following address.

PO Box 301 The Junction NSW 2291


Hunter Design School has had an exciting temporary move to the east end of Newcastle.

With some beautiful new neighbours from Crown Coffee, Asa Don Japanese Restaurant, Greys General Store of Design and Hunter Valley Design. We will however dearly miss our Hunter St neighbours from Subo, Imprint and Mezzanine Media.

We thank everyone who made our Hunter St Studio awesome, we look forward to the next new adventure in creating the most exceptional  studio in Newcastle.

So to find our interim studio you will need go up the street to 181 King St. We are next door to Tower Cinema (previously Greater Union) and Asa Don Japanese Restaurant.

Postal correspondence can be sent to PO Box 301 The Junction NSW 2291

Office hours are now: Wednesday’s 1pm – 5pm & Thursday’s 10am – 4pm

Hello and Welcome! Register here before making an Application.