In the first year you will acquire fundamental knowledge in information technology, conceptual design, manual communication skills, computerised presentation, materials, manufacture, design process and methods, mechanical and electromechanical technology, computer-aided design (CAD) and enhance your creativity by studying the history of visual arts. Much of this will be applied in the 4 or 5 projects introducing you to the design process and some of the more important methods.
The second year builds upon the foundations laid in the first year with an increasingly professional expectation. You will develop a greater awareness of ergonomics, interaction, reverse-engineering, 3D Modelling, manufacturing and assembly and marketing. Product Development and Prototyping continues to develop your design skills alongside the two design projects. Usually, one of these projects will be an industrially sponsored competition.
Half of the Final year is firmly centred on an individual major design project that you will propose to the design team. This project will allow you to develop and hone your design skills and will enable you to be involved in a product design project from start to prototype! Studio mentoring will enable you to learn from teaching and is a first taste of 'teaching' for most students. A number of optional modules allow you to add a specific flavour to your final year of study.