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Product Design for 16 to 18 Year Olds (Weekend)

Product Design for 16 to 18 Year Olds Short Course

Course description

During this course you will work independently, and sometimes in a group, on your own project set to a specific brief. You will be guided through the design process including areas such as research, strategy, idea generation and design development. Different theories and industry topics within product design are introduced by short talks, videos and workshops. It is expected that you engage with all stages of the design process as well as produce lots of drawings and experiment with three-dimensional form through model making. On the last day you get the opportunity to present all your work in an exhibition-style environment where you will receive invaluable feedback to help you progress.

On completion of this course you will get an understanding of the design processes and how to apply this to your design projects. You will also gain the ability to communicate and present ideas trough drawing and three-dimensional form. In addition, this course is packed with information to reference and study further. It is an ideal opportunity for you to explore and experiment with disciplines within product design and to obtain appropriate material for a portfolio application.

Course Level: Beginners

Entry Requirements

Good drawing skills would be advantageous but not a requirement. You must be over 16 and under 19 years old in order to attend this course.

Who should take this course?

This course is made to help you develop and discover your skills within product design, and will be particularly useful if you are planning to study at Foundation or BA level.

Please note: This course is for students aged 16 to 18 years old only

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 methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • 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 of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

Digital Credentials (badges and certificates)

Students will receive a UAL Short Courses digital badge and certificate on completion of the course. Digital credentials are a great way to celebrate your accomplishments and stand out from the crowd. Find out more about our digital badges and credentials.

Available dates

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Topics covered include:

  • The design process in Product Design
  • Product Design in industry
  • Research methods
  • Design strategy
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Sustainability
  • Portfolio applications
  • Further learning/studies 

Skills covered include: 

  • Design thinking
  • Design development
  • Visual research
  • Generating ideas
  • Sketching 
  • Model making 
  • Technical drawing
  • Presentations

Course taught through:

  • Individual project work 
  • Group exercises
  • Short lecture-style talks
  • Workshops 
  • Hands-on making
  • Group feedback 
  • One-to-one advice

Students achieve:

  • Experience with the design process
  • Understanding the importance of research in the design process
  • Improved drawing skills and special awareness
  • Ability to make 3D models through understanding of material and form 
  • Suitable work to show in portfolio applications
  • Knowledge of relevant topics and learning resources 

Course Outcomes:

  • A3 presentation boards
  • Presentation model
  • Research outcome
  • Drawings 
  • Sketches 
  • Sketch models 


Please bring to the first session:

  • A3 portrait sketchbook (paperback)
  • Variety of pencils (colour and graphite)
  • Variety of pens (black fine liner and colours)
  • Scotch tape and masking tape
  • Scissors
  • 30cm/12in metal ruler
  • Geometry set square ruler
  • Drawing Compass
  • Super glue (30sec)

Materials to be provided by tutor/CSM

  • Paper
  • Card
  • Corrugated card
  • Foam board
  • Mount board
  • Model making materials
  • PVA Glue
  • Pritt stick
  • Spray Mount
  • Double-sided tape
  • Masking Tape
  • Graphite Pencils (HB/H2)
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Scissors

Recommended Reading

  • Rodgers, Paul & Alex Milton, Product Design, 2011, London, Laurence King Publishing Ltd.
  • Thompson, Rob, Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals, 2007, London, Thames & Hudson Ltd.
  • Williams, Gareth, 21 Designers for twenty-first century Britain, 2012, London, V&A Publishing
Meet the Tutor:

This course is a focused and fast-paced introduction to product design. You will get a taster of the many skills needed to complete a successful design project within the field of 3D objects. You are encouraged to explore ideas and experiment with materials through sketching and model making. It is a unique hands-on and project-based learning experience that gives you an insight into what it is like studying at Central Saint Martins. 

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