The course is taught over one year full-time or two years part-time. You can start in September.
You will have a base studio with your year group colleagues, which is where you can learn through design exploration, discussion, sketching and making. There will also be a series of lectures with associated seminars and workshop practical classes. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.
As well as our own experienced staff, product design industry professionals may be working with you in your studies through lectures, seminars and discussions. Practical group project work aims to develop your understanding and expertise, but also the essential communication skills you will need in professional practice to deal effectively with stakeholders including managers, marketers and engineers.
We provide technical support and access to industry-standard software and hardware including laser cutting, rapid prototyping, 3-axis CNC milling suite, 3D printing suite, paint spraying, digital scanning in the digital maching workshop and bench and floor standing machines as well as vacuum moulding in the craft workshops. Presentations and role play will give experience of the development and interrogation situations; external industry practitioners will contribute to discussions. LA Design , one of the UK’s leading product design and development consultancies has participated in the development of this course and is expected to take an active role in working with the students.
You could also have the opportunity to make trips to London to visit the leading influences in product design and will participate in visits to manufacturing companies (availability and additional costs may apply).