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An Introduction to Product Design and Creative Innovation

 

Course overview

This course introduces you to design thinking and the design process. You follow the process from interpreting the brief to realising innovative outcomes relating to new products and consumer needs. You learn how design can be used to deliver solutions to real-world problems. No previous knowledge is assumed and you are encouraged to explore a range of ideas, processes and methods while completing a negotiated project.

This course will be delivered online. Please check the entry requirements tab before making your application to ensure you meet the entry criteria and have all the minimum equipment necessary to take part.

Starts Wednesday 20 January, Wednesdays for eight weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm.

This course will be delivered through a combination of live demonstrations, pre-recorded lectures, set tasks, and individual tutor support sessions.

You can study up to 30 credits at Winter University and you can select up to three modules on the same application form. If you would like to add a module later, or change one of your choices, then please let us know by emailing winter.university@tees.ac.uk.

Age restrictionDue to the content and delivery of this course, it is advised that applicants are aged 16 at the time of enrolment. All applicants under the age of 18 at the time of enrolment must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form here and send to winter.university@tees.ac.uk after you submit your Winter University application.

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Course details

What you study

Module Aims
- To develop an understanding of the key principles and contexts of product design and creative innovation.
- To develop the knowledge and practical skills in design thinking, processes and methods in the development of design solutions.
- To provide opportunities for students to originate and present design solutions in their own subject area.
- To encourage a reflective approach to learning.

Indicative Content
- Contexts of contemporary product design and creative innovation
- Design thinking and design processes
- Innovation in product design and the creation of ideas and concepts for product realisation
- Project presentations and reflective summary


How you are assessed

The module will be assessed through a portfolio of product design creative work (100%).

You will keep a journal/log of your sketch work from each session as you complete the allocated project briefs. In the final session you will present the project outcomes to both the tutor and the other students.

Both the journal/log and project will be captured on two separate PowerPoint documents and will be submitted for final marking at the end of the final session.

 
 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

As this is an online course it is necessary that you have access to a computer and that you are comfortable learning via an online platform. A strong and stable internet connection is required, and a webcam and microphone will allow you to participate in any interactive elements of the course.

Students are required to have access to basic art and design materials such as paper, sketchbooks, pencils, pens, rulers, basic watercolour/gouache paints.

International applicants must have an IELTS overall score of 5.5 or equivalent.

Age restriction
Due to the content and delivery of this course, it is advised that applicants are aged 16+ at the time of enrolment. All applicants under the age of 18 at the time of enrolment must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form here and send to winter.university@tees.ac.uk after you submit your Winter University application.

 
 

Part-time

2020/21 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4, Fees: £50.00
  • Online
  • Enrolment date: Starts Wednesday 20 January, Wednesdays for eight weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm

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