Personal investigation – Coursework – 60% of marks
Externally set assignment – 40% of marks
In the first year of study students are given a wide range of small projects that equip them with the skills needed to independently undertake their second year. These projects will teach the students how to use the workshop, present and model ideas and use machines such as the laser cutter and 3D printer. Students will also be taught how to use computer software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketchup alongside developing traditional skills such as drawing and photography.
Having completed their first year students can then specialise in their chosen field of design in their second year. This takes the form of a five month project and students would be expected to produce a folder of work to accompany a final made piece/model. Past projects have evolved around architecture, product design, interior design, graphic design and furniture design alongside more unusual undertakings such as theatre set design and computer game art. It is entirely up to the student which discipline they undertake. In the February of the second year students will be given an externally set assignment unit. Again, students are free to choose which design discipline they undertake this in.
The externally set assignment expects the students to produce a folder of coursework/design ideas to accompany a final made piece/model. This final piece must be made within 15 hours controlled time but the folder of coursework takes place over February, March and April. The 15 hour controlled exam takes place in late April.