Year 1 - Exploring the principles of design.
You will break, make and create through a series of practical exercises in and out of the studio. Your will identify design solutions which contribute to the UN sustainable development goals. You will engage in collaborative working through drawing, sketching and making 3D propositions. By year end you’ll have developed your own designs into physical objects, informed by your research activity, with a focus on fabricating objects at 1:1, exploring, making, utilising tools and testing materials.
Year 2 - Consideration for your placement.
You will search for the experience which best suits your development, locally, nationally or internationally. Your 10-week placement, which can be extended over the summer, is essential to your professional and personal development.
Year 3 - Research towards your future.
You will start to look beyond contemporary practice and explore the future of design and making. You will apply your abilities to a project where you design, speculate, make and test, culminating in a theoretical research portfolio in your own area of interest.
Our modules are unique, combining architecture, product design and fine art, with your placement module and working with industry.
- Design and Make: creativity and innovation
- Materials Tools and Processes: communication and representation
- Professional Practice: collaboration and project management
- Design Thinking: social life of materials
Years 2 and 3
- Design and Make: material emergence
- Design Thinking: the future of making
- Professional Practice: business and entrepreneurship (online) Professional Practice: placement experience and engagement
- Design and Make: speculative resolution
- Materials Tools and Processes: post digital
- Design Thinking: dissertation
In Year 2 there is a 10-week (minimum) placement in industry. This will prove invaluable to studies and often supplies a final year project. Our students find the placement module invaluable to their development not only professionally but personally, taking back into the studio a wide variety of new skills and ideas.
Field trips abroad are offered each year, in addition to site and factory visits, providing an.opportunity to experience design and culture first-hand with your tutors. Recent field trips have included Hungary, Portugal, Italy and Spain.
Such trips are optional and are an additional course cost. Typically overseas field trips range from £300 to £600. Local and UK field trips, site visits and factory visits typically cost between £1 and £300.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange facilitated by the University. Most exchanges take place in the year 2.
Studying abroad can add value to your studies by:
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.
We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards. Travel costs, accommodation and subsistence are not included in this funding. There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
Design Studio, with your design studio tutor, is held for two full days a week. Teaching in the design studio includes one-to-one tutorials, group tutorials, workshops, presentations and lectures. Design studio forms 65% of the curriculum. The remaining academic subjects are taught through various series of lectures, workshops, tutorials and seminars.
Students produce many drawings and models. You are encouraged to recycle used materials, particularly for sketch models. Some students work digitally, spending more on printing and some by hand, spending more on materials so costs vary widely between students.
Year 1: Expect to spend approximately £500 - £700 on materials.You will be expected to keep a sketchbook, produce specific drawings, make models and final prototypes.
Year 2 & 3: You will be expected to produce finished presentation models using more expensive materials. You can expect to spend approximately £500 - £1000 on materials per year.
PCs with the programmes needed for your course are available in the studios 24 hours-a -day, 7 days-a-week. Some students choose to buy a laptop and software when they begin to draw digitally but this is not mandatory and free student licences are available for much of the software. An optional laptop and software would cost approximately £500-£1200.
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