A short description of each unit and what you can expect.
Unit 1 - Introduction to BA Product and Furniture Design
This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university.
Unit 2 -
This unit aims to establish a practice-based approach to the designing and making of objects.
- Have an introduction to the tools and techniques of making processes in wood, metal, plastic, ceramic, digital
- Develop your drawing and model making skills needed to process and communicate ideas.
- Begin to develop your own visual language through the practice and evaluation of research
Unit 3 -
This unit introduces you to the relationship between users, objects and environments.
- To consider how objects are constructed and how they support different kinds of user interaction
- To undertake detailed observations of people using objects in everyday contexts
- To explore and evaluate the existence, meanings and purposes of those objects, both in relation to the individual and larger social groups
- To develop and make a series of material prototypes that test use and user understanding
Unit 4 -
The aim of the unit is to investigate the relationship between your personal identity as a design practitioner and objects.
- To design and make a series of objects
- Your design development work will include 2D/3D visualisations, technical notes, sample materials tests, models, prototypes and finished objects
- To photograph the finished objects in context
- Produce a report on the successes and shortcomings of your design work
Unit 5 -
In this unit you will engage with external partners and apply your ideas in a real world context.
- To be asked to develop concepts for a design object in a domestic, commercial or community context
- Your project might be a competition brief, an initiative from industry, work for a charitable organisation or social services. They may include design problems concerning health and wellbeing, leisure and cultural capital, education or food consumption
- To consider function, sustainability and activity
- To produce an illustrated report communicating the results of your design practice and a record of professional presentations
- Design development work will include including 2D/3D visualisations, materials tests, models and prototypes
Unit 6 - Collaborative and collective practices
This unit aims to introduce you to different ways in which collaborative working can focus and enhance your own creative strengths. This unit has 3 core purposes:
- To engage with fellow students with different practices and interests in a collaborative project
- To engage with external audiences, participants or institutions to consider new contexts for your work
- To develop your creative attributes to enable you to take on future challenges in a variety of contexts
Unit 7 -
This unit looks at the way in which a site-specific design proposal can be conceived, developed and adapted.
- To examine issues of scale, function, narrative and location
- To consider audience engagement, interaction, social conduct as well as client needs
- To gain an understanding of the users, client and audience by working on a range of concepts and prototypes
- To produce a design proposal report, design development and material evidence
Unit 8 -
The unit will include an external group project. You will work collaboratively on an event or exhibition.
- Lectures covering project briefs, concepts, project working methods, site analysis, site specific practice, visitor and user analysis methods
- Site visits that will include discussions with venue staff
- Workshops, presentations and crits
- Production of prototypes and a finished object
Unit 9 -
This unit aims to encourage a critical understanding of the historical, cultural and global contexts within which design practice operates.
- An illustrated contextual research essay or written project that communicates your understanding of the design arena
- A studio design practice project
Unit 10 -
This final unit requires you to integrate your practical, professional and critical position into a resolved body of work.
Professional Practice Project:
- To help you develop an awareness of the range of career and postgraduate opportunities available.
- To produce a professional practice report and research file including a professional action plan and personal promotional materials
Final Major Project:
- To write a proposal for a final major project
- To produce of a substantial body of work presented to a professional standard
- The work you produce will form part of the college degree show
Optional Diploma between year 2 and 3
Between year 2 and 3 you can opt to undertake the Diploma in Professional Studies or the Diploma in Creative Computing.