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3D Design Idea Generation for 16 to 18 Year Olds

3D Design Idea Generation for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Alexander Hinnerskov, Nichol Keene


This course will develop through a series of fast-paced one-day projects, in which you will generate ideas, evaluate concepts and create 2D and 3D visualisations to support your design. Alongside this, you will build confidence in the design process and research methods, developing the critical thinking necessary to communicate and present your ideas verbally and in writing. You will learn how to provide feedback for others and how to respond to critique. A final self-initiated project will give you the opportunity to put your experiences into practice and ultimately equip you with the skills needed to respond to creative briefs. The corresponding final presentation will help you reflect on your work and give you the ability to discuss it with others. 

You will learn how to generate and develop ideas for 3D design, ability to have critical thinking and when and how to use research and feedback in the design process.

Topics covered

  • Design process
  • Critical rigour
  • Research methods
  • Generating ideas and developing concepts
  • Giving and receiving relevant feedback
  • Sketching and model making techniques
  • Communicating ideas verbally and in writing
  • Applications and written statements

Who should take this course?

This course is for anyone who wants to develop and discover their skills within 3D design, including areas such as product design, ceramics, jewellery, furniture and sculpture. The course will be particularly useful if you plan to study at Foundation and BA level.

Entry requirements

A good command of written and spoken English is required. Good drawing skills would be advantageous but not a requirement. 

Level: Beginners

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

Tutor Description

Danish designer Alexander Hinnerskov graduated in 2007 with a BA Honours in Product Design from Cental Saint Martins. His interdisciplinary approach has led him to work with product development, bespoke furniture making, lighting design as well as interior design and styling. Having experience in all aspects of the creative process across design disciplines has meant working with clients such as Fredrikson Stallard, Tomasz Starzewski, Eva Menz, Torsten Neeland and Underdog Studio. He has been teaching since 2013 in a verity of design subjects supported by his academic knowledge, practical skills and industry experience.

You can also find more about Alexander on his website.

Nichol Keene is a writer, artist and creative producer with over 10 years’ experience working across the industry. She has presented work at many prestigious venues in the UK, including The House of Commons, Edinburgh Fringe, Bestival, Guildhall, Battersea Arts Centre, as well as internationally in Poland, Germany and France.


Please bring the following with you to the first session:

  • A3 sketchbook (paperback)
  • Variety of pencils (colour and graphite)
  • Variety of pens (black fine liner and colours)
  • Scotch tape and masking tape 
  • Scissors 
  • Scalpel and Stanley knife
  • A4 cutting mat
  • 30cm/12in metal ruler
  • Geometry set square ruler
  • Drawing Compass
  • Super glue (30sec)


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