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Product Design for 15 - 17 Year Olds (Summer School)

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Students on the summer 2016 course

Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00, one week

Indicative maximum class size: 16

This course is a series of practical workshops that will introduce you to product design and innovation, from idea to manufacture.

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Course Dates

21st August 2017 – 25th August 2017

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Course Description

You will develop your design and interpersonal skills and consider new ways of thinking and better team building – essential tools for successful product design. A project will be completed in teams which will have a simple theme: to design an innovative new product that can be easily adopted by an end user and which will become an integral part of everyday life.

On this course you will:

  • explore how to develop your innovation skills and provide solutions to design problems
  • investigate how to create new concepts that appeal to audiences that might have differing needs and abilities
  • undertake quick and practical workshops in sketching and presentation techniques
  • identify ways in which new products can best be positioned in the busy market place and how you can develop an effective branding and marketing strategy
  • learn how to protect your ideas, designs and trademarks
  • build team spirit and refresh your creative thinking skills.

The course will include the following key activities:

  • Sketching and rendering
  • CAD design and model making
  • Design and manufacture using obscure materials
  • Presentation techniques
  • Design futures (conceptual design and future design technologies)
  • Design theory: design analysis/deconstruction and real world applications.

What will you gain?

This course is ideal if you plan on becoming a product designer in the future. It is ideal if you are interested in working on projects that will strengthen your portfolio and which demonstrates new approaches in your work. The ideal attendee will be ideas and solution-driven, open to new ways of working and able to work with others in a positive way.

"I enjoyed the variety of projects, the freedom to be creative and the sessions on drawing." RB, Summer 2016

"I enjoyed that we could be so hands-on and creative. All of the sessions were well organised and very fun." CS, Summer 2016

"I enjoyed making things out of weird materials." SP, Summer 2016

Tutor profile: Luke Siena is a PhD Student in Medical Product Design/Smart Materials and Technologies at Nottingham Trent University. He has worked in a range of areas including product design, medical design, smart technologies, engineering and design technology amongst others, acquiring a practical and multi-dimensional skills set which contributed to winning a PepsiCo Design Competition. Mark Golab is a Research Assistant in Robotics for PepsiCo Europe at Nottingham Trent University. His background is in product design having graduated in BA (Hons) Product Design and MSc Medical Product Design. The skills learnt and developed during his years of study have entailed creating innovative designs through research, sketch development, prototyping, CAD renderings to full scale working models allowing for a complete understanding of the whole design process.

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Not from Nottingham? Find out more about accommodation on our campus for 16 and 17 year olds.

Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award? Accommodation (which includes evening activities) can be booked so the course can count as your DofE gold award residential.

Any questions?

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813