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Introduction to formal aspects of design practice, including the detailed design brief, important influences and influencers in design throughout history, and the place of design in the context of cultures, nations and users. Critical practical skills, including freehand, digital and technical drawing, as well as prototyping skills using paper, card, 3D printing, laser-cutting, modelling foam and wood.
The goal of this course is to introduce students to formal aspects of design practice, including the development of a formal design brief, to explore the important influences and influencers in design throughout history, and to provide an understanding of the place of design in the context of cultures, nations and users. Also introduced are critical practical skills needed in Product Design, including freehand, technical drawing, as well as prototyping skills using paper, cardboard, modelling foam and wood. At the end of the course, students should be well prepared to engage in the creative design processes required in the Semester 2 course, PROD101.
At the end of this course, students will be prepared to engage in practical design projects andknow how to write a detailed design briefhave developed an awareness of ethical and cultural issues, particularly as they apply to indigenous peoples in the context of designunderstand the importance of aesthetics, affordance, ergonomics and human factors in product designhave experienced practical prototyping aspects of design projects using card, foam and wood materialshave experienced modern computer-based prototyping equipment such as 3D printing and laser cuttinghave knowledge of different design processes, major influences and methodologies, historical events and movements in the world of designunderstand essential shifts and paradigms in understanding of the built environmentdeveloped their critical thinking about things and events and understand socially and culturally responsible design practices, especially in the context of bi-cultural and multi- cultural competencies in the context of designexpanded their freehand sketching, technical drawing, digital drawing, computer-aided design, visual communication and presentation skills
Restricted to students enrolled in the BProdDesign, the BProdDesign/BCom and the BProdDesign/BSc.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Please see Course Outline on Learn for a full breakdown of assessments.
Burdek, Bernhard E. et al;
Design : history, theory and practice of product design;
Second revised edition;
Milton, Alex. , Rodgers, Paul;
Research methods for product design;
Laurence King Pub., 2013.
This course is restricted to students enrolled in the BProdDesign, BProdDesign/BSc or BProdDesign/BCom degrees
Domestic fee $986.00
International fee $5,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Product Design on the department and colleges page.