Terms One and Two
Design Project 1 - Commercial Design
Dissertation - 5,000 Word Historical and Critical Dissertation
Report 1 - Professional Practice & Business Administration
Report 2 - Construction, Technology and Environment
The Course begins with a refresher on using AutoCAD, InDesign, Photoshop, and Sketchup to communicate a design proposal in response to the first design exercise. Lectures and workshops on professional practice and construction techniques provide insight into working as a designer. The first term also covers topics designing for business, advanced space planning, sustainability and environmental concerns for the design industry. Projects and exercises are designed to challenge students’ creative thinking and mode of communication. The first design project will also feature Revit instruction, the newest drawing package utilised within the design industry. This design software package will enable the students to model their design proposals three-dimensionally and will assist them in producing relevant working drawing packages. By gaining competency with Revit in the first design project, students are allowed to advance their skills through practice in their final design project.
Terms Three and Four
Design Project 2 - Commercial design
Dissertation/Reports - (continued)
To develop students’ knowledge of the opportunities of this industry, lectures and seminars will be devoted to various professions utilising interior design skills as well as how to complete compelling and competitive CVs and Portfolios. The absorbing and challenging design project in terms three, four, and five will be about social change, visualising how the design of a space can make a genuine difference. Design challenges will increase students’ skills during which design solutions will evolve by demonstrating high levels of design literacy and critical thinking. Students will present work at a professional level through sketches, diagrams, visuals, drawings etc. using creative techniques coherent to the design proposal.
Design Project 2 - Commercial design (continued)
Alongside the continuation and completion of their final large commercial project, students receive a CPD lecture series which allows them to gain first-hand insight into professional practice and business administration from working designers, helping them to understand the day-to-day social, legal, economic and ethical issues that inform the design process and design projects in general. The Careers Service offers CV and portfolio advice with access to the KLC Online Jobs Board. The course culminates in a final, celebratory online Exhibition.