Design Elements


Design Elements introduces students to and develops their core skills in the fundamental elements of design; sketching, process, context and creativity.

Sketching - Students will gain skills in 2D and 3D hand sketching techniques coupled with basic model making skills to aid students in idea generation and problem solving.

Process – Students will learn about the need and use of a process lead design process and be able to apply a defined method to help solve design briefs.

Context – Students will be exposed to contextual studies related to artefacts, products and design that will aid them in answering design challenges and inform them of how and why this subject area has developed as well as providing them with an appreciation for the value of design.

Creativity – Through applied projects and group exercises students creative abilities will be developed to help them overcome road blocks in the context of design.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop high quality, fast and accurate sketches for design

  2. Demonstrate an ability to make accurate models as part of the design process

  3. Create and present basic graphic layouts for presentation

  4. Evaluate a design brief and apply the design process to generate multiple creative ideas to given design problems

  5. Identify stylistic differences in the design and making of artefacts and products through the various historical periods

  6. Recognise and critique the work of important contemporary designers, design styles and movements

  7. Display an appreciation of the role and value design plays in society

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