DE6005 - Major Design Study

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What will I learn on this module?

The aim of this module is to engage you in a holistic design process from the identification of a problem/opportunity through to the realisation of a designed solution/product.

The module offers you the opportunity to combine your design and making skills in the development and presentation of a Major Design Study that should demonstrate an ambitious and insightful response to an identified opportunity in the contemporary world.

Whilst the nature of the project’s content is ultimately defined by you, this studio and workshop based module will require the negotiated content of the major study to contain an engagement with the complex issues that surround designing, developing and manufacturing economically, culturally, technologically, socially and aesthetically relevant 3d products. Whether you tackle a project driven by technology or respond to an identified commercial opportunity, undertake the designing and making of user centred products or look to make social/political/ cultural comment through or by design practice you will draw upon both theoretical and practical skill sets.

The module requires of you to thoughtfully and effectively manage project research, analysis and design development as well as the skills of making what you have designed.

You will evidence the creative, analytical, practical and ultimately transferable skills required of the professional designer by firstly presenting a Research Proposal and briefing document for formal formative assessment. Using this proposal as a working document/ hypothesis you will collate a project portfolio documenting your design process. Ultimately the project will result in a realised product or piece of furniture that is a manifestation of a Major Study that is the culmination of your undergraduate experience

How will I learn on this module?

This module, the subject matter of which is self-determined, places an emphasis on you taking responsibility for the study undertaken. By negotiating the content of the Major Design Study with academic staff at the outset of the academic year and with regular one to one tutorials throughout the course of the module you will be prompted to hone existing and develop new employability skills of enterprise, flexibility and resourcefulness and reflect on the requirements of the project as they emerge. You will learn by evaluating your actions and articulating thoughtful responses to the feedback you get along the way.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

This module is supported by tutor-led studio critiques, peer review sessions and one to one tutorials with academic staff. You will be supported with timetabled academic support both in the studio and workshop environment. Indeed the nature of a design and make project requires the workshop to be not just a place for a mechanical realisation of concepts but a venue for robust discussion with direct reference to work in progress.

In addition to the timetabled slots with academic staff the important workshop aspects of the module are supported by dedicated technical staff based in the 3d workshops.

The module is supported by a specific virtual learning environment (eLearning Portal) where you will find all the relevant documentation (briefs, module guides, assessment requirements etc.) The digital submission of interim works for tutorial guidance and formative assessment allows for expedient communication and the effective review of work whilst also utilising industry standard practices.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:

? Demonstrate your ability to appropriately deploy techniques of enquiry, analysis and synthesis to formulate an appropriately challenging self determined brief.
? Analyse your findings from your research material and apply critical analysis to design development.
? Undertake a sophisticated comparative analysis of products and markets through the project plan/proposal.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

? Effectively use media and advanced model making techniques to accurately communicate concepts and solutions as evidenced through the project portfolio.
? Demonstrate sophisticated skill in the creation of design solutions to highly creative standards.

Personal Values Attributes:

? Show enterprise and entrepreneurship in addressing opportunities and challenges.
? Engage autonomously in your studies, requiring minimal supervision to achieve outcomes.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be conducted through;

Interim critiques and individual tutorials provide regular formative feedback as part of the module’s teaching and learning strategy.

The module is summatively assessed via the submission of a project portfolio. Summative feedback is written and via 1:1 tutorials.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

The module offers you the opportunity to combine your design and making skills in the development and presentation of a Major Design Study that should demonstrate an ambitious and insightful response to an identified opportunity in the contemporary world.

Whilst the nature of the project’s content is ultimately defined by you, this studio and workshop based module will require the negotiated content of the major study to contain an engagement with the complex issues that surround designing, developing and manufacturing economically, culturally, technologically, socially and aesthetically relevant 3d products.

Course info

UCAS Code W260

Credits 60

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Northumbria School of Design

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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