Work on display: Product Design
This year our students have developed an incredible array of projects, with a clear passion for addressing the major societal challenges of our time.
Although environmentally sustainable design is a major theme this year, several students also looked at health and wellbeing, particularly social and mental health challenges. For their generation to be one of positive change, education and learning will be vitally important. To this end, many projects open up discussions around how you encourage kids from nursery age onwards to be more aware of the sort of global challenges that we face.
Our Product Design course has a collaborative ethos, whether that be with other disciplines, industry experts or real users. We focus on getting our students used to thinking critically and developing their creative and imaginative skills as they progress.
This course starts with a foundation year, which allows students to learn about several different design disciplines. From there, they hone their technical skills and learn to apply them practically. In their final year, students are encouraged to chart their own path, learn who they are as a designer, and focus on the skills that are relevant for the industry.
The end result is something to be very proud of. I am sure this year’s cohort will emulate the success of their predecessors, who have gone on to work for the likes of Dyson, Lego, Nokia, Mountain Equipment, Unilever, and the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, or to establish their own studios. Our students are designing the future.
Dr Chris Lim
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