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Introduction To Product Design Short Course

Course description

How do designers generate ideas? Where do ideas come from? A finished product is a combination of understanding form, function and material. In this beginners course, you'll be encouraged to look for ways of arriving at new possibilities. With an emphasis on the creative process and self-direction, it will take you from an initial brief through to your own product design and presentation.

The course will give you a taster of what practising product design involves. Although there will be some soft model making, this is a studio-based, rather than a workshop-based course. The focus will be on the generation of ideas and design thinking.

You'll explore how to represent design concepts through drawing exercises and how to document ideas through sketches and photographs. You will also be introduced to a number of processes and vocabulary employed in 3D design.

There will be tutor briefs and presentations, but students can expect to spend a considerable amount of class time developing their own design ideas.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy-to-understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methodologies will be explained or demonstrated
  • We also offer learning resources for you to access outside of the classroom

All our on campus courses include:

  • ·Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • ·Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • ·Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • ·Ask questions to your tutor in real time
  • ·Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • ·Experience the many sights of London on your down time

All our online short courses include:

  • Live and interactive online lessons with classmates from around the world
  • The same course content and learning outcomes as our  face to face courses
  • Lesson recordings, for review, so you never have to miss a class
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access to the recordings of the live classroom sessions
  • Ask questions to your tutor in real time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • However we always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are a great addition to your CV.

Available dates

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Topics covered:

We will start with a short introduction to the college’s design orientation and library resources.

Using a four-stage design model (research, idea generation, development, and presentation), practice-based projects will guide students through the language and the practices of product design. The course will cover:

  • professional terminology
  • 2d and 3d design
  • sketch-drawing
  • studio soft model making
  • design development
  • manufacturing processes
  • orthographic drawing
  • presentation


Please bring with you to the first session:

On campus:

  • A4 layout pad
  • Fibre tip pens, sizes 0.1, 0.5, 0.7mm
  • Set of coloured pencils
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • 300mm ruler.

Online Short Course Materials:

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Firefox or Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet; 2G, 3G or 4G will not be sufficient
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In this course you'll be encouraged to look at ways of arriving at new possibilities. With an emphasis on the creative process and self-direction, it will take you from an initial brief through to your own product design and presentation.

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