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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

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

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Course Dates

13th August 2018 – 17th August 2018

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Course Description

You'll develop your design and interpersonal skills and consider new ways of thinking and better team building – essential tools for successful product design.

Several small projects will be completed as individuals and in teams throughout the week, developing your skills as a designer in a variety of different fields.

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
  • model development using everyday materials to convey simple design ideas
  • 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 and deconstruction, and real world applications
  • design processes and product analysis.

What will you gain?

This course is ideal if you plan on becoming a product designer in the future.

It's 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, thinking 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. Luke is a lecturer in product design who delivers technology-based modules and content to undergraduate and Masters-level students in a variety of subject fields.

Luke's specialisms have allowed him to work 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 Fellow in Robotics for PepsiCo Europe and AMP Rose at Nottingham Trent University.

Mark’s background is in product design having graduated in BA (Hons) Product Design and MSc Medical Product Design. Mark is an Associate Chartered Designer and is a lecturer for erasmus students.

The skills developed during Mark’s years of study have entailed creating innovative designs through research, sketch development, prototyping, CAD and full-scale working models, allowing for a complete understanding of the whole design process.

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

Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award? This course can count as your DofE gold award residential.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813