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This module will introduce you to a comprehensive range of skills, processes and materials through workshops and studio demonstrations. It will focus on the discovery of, and experimentation with, new and established materials, and traditional and emerging technologies. This will involve the exploration and experimentation of a variety of materials and testing notions of materiality and making practices.
This module will introduce you to concepts, notions, theories and practices of design crafts and promotes critical thinking. It aims to consider, develop and promote the place of authorship in the creative world through a variety of media and within multiple geographic regions, historical periods and subject specialist areas. It encourages well-researched, creative and informed writing within critical frameworks of knowledge and thinking.
Through this module you will develop your material manipulation skills through a range of projects, which are developed from the Materials and Processes module. It aims to help you expand your abilities to critically analyse and apply knowledge and skills to the processes of design research, experimentation and thinking through making.
This module aims to provide a framework to consolidate and develop making and material processes introduced in previous modules through a more advanced and focused exploration of further materials and processes. Through this period of research and analysis you will be able to critically reflect on your decisions and develop a fully resolved 3D artefact, material process, design proposal or question.
This module aims to give you the means to critically explore materials and engage with further processes of making. It aims to provide the tools to develop an emerging personal vocabulary that will underpin your ability to develop into a unique maker and designer. You will generate ideas about material practices through the analysis of concepts, ideas and production, experimenting with traditional and emerging technologies within workshop environments in order to develop responses to design and making/material problems.
This module aims to build on the first-year module, Culture and Context: Locating Practice. It will encourage continuous professional development and self-direction through examining historical and theoretical discourses, business thinking and entrepreneurship, and their impacts on society. It aims to enable the development of your critical self-awareness and ability to identify and address strengths and your responses to working contexts and social issues. The module will nurture and develop your skills to allow you to become innovators and provide both contemporary and historical models of entrepreneurial/business support relevant and useful for creative entrepreneurs. This module provides a link between the theoretical aspects of the broader overview of making and material worlds, and the practice specifics that focus on how creativity can be strengthened through contextual knowledge of a field.
This module aims to create awareness and a critical appreciation of the concepts and theories of design thinking and making as well as its application and impact in a wide range of personal and global contexts. It will give you the ability to investigate and think creatively about design problems and key aspects of cultures that support design thinking, making and innovation.
This module will help you gain further supervised experience in a professional work environment that is relevant to your specialist field. It also provides you with the opportunity to build insights, reflexivity and cultivate networks within industry. You will be able to reflect, analyse and evaluate your experience and communicate this through writing and presentation. This will allow you to form plans for possible future careers and opportunities, and to progress into the final year, considerably enriched and empowered.
This module will enable you to locate your own work within a business/real life context through the execution of a personally focused design project. It allows you to build on previous learning and experience to develop relevant approaches to design crafts that are independent, innovative and appropriate in their current environment. You will explore professional practice and processes associated with working in the Design Crafts sector. Emphasis is placed on creative and entrepreneurial activity. The module will support you in applying your knowledge to your chosen specialism, and you will be able to apply these skills to industry standard.
This module will enable you to assess and integrate your own ambitions for making through advanced research into critical, cultural, historical, political and socio-economic context, pertinent to design and craft. This component of your learning will embed patterns of development that challenge and support innovation in your own work, including the analysis of concepts and theories. This will be presented in the form of an extended piece of focused research and academic writing linked to previous modules, thereby embedding learning through application.
This module embodies the opportunity to develop and present the culmination of your learning and personal development. It consists of producing a body of work and portfolio of practice that demonstrates your elected specialist approach to Design Crafts. This module provides a platform to express creativity, innovation and design thinking through the application of learning drawn from all previously taught modules.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
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