Course - Overview
The program learning integrates the knowledge of making with a keen sense of
aesthetics which is then applied to design and develop a wide of range objects for
essential every day to high-end luxury markets. Fusing imagination, aesthetics and
functionality, students acquire making skills, hone their perception and develop design
aptitude to create lifestyle accessories and systems.
The 4 years of the UG program is a combination of lectures, seminars, studio work
and workshops for hands-on learning and making. Our on-campus maker space is
well-equipped for both mechanical and digital fabrication and has full-time technicians to
support and facilitate student work. Projects often take students outside the classroom
for extended field work for e.g. study trips, field research and industry visits. Students
spend their time interacting with faculty and industry mentors; learning different
materials, processes and technologies; studying past and future trends; understanding
local and global aesthetics and styles; working with both traditional as well as
contemporary crafts and techniques.
The UG Accessory Design program provides a large canvas for exploration and
self-expression, students are encouraged to become agile thinkers, adept makers and
Scope of design work includes:
- Wearable Accessories: Bags, Shoes, Watches, Eyewear, Jewellery (precious & non-precious)
- Non-Wearable Accessories: Home Décor Objects, Office Accessories, Giftware, Tableware
Visual Culture | Material Culture | Media Culture | Design Culture
Design Culture | Design Language | Material Design | 3D Tools | Usability | Object Stories | Craft | Usability in Practice
Cultural Studies | Design Research | Envisioning Design Directions | Mass Customisation | Industry Live Projects | Small Scale Manufacturing | Mixed Materials | International Experience
Business Tools for Designers | Social Enterprise Projects | FutureLabs | Developing Specialised Product(s) | Career Mentoring | Final Design Projects | Making A Professional Portfolio
Every student will undergo a Professional Practice and Final Project session before their final portfolio display.
With a career spanning over 35 years in the design industry, Alex Velasco is an expert in design education, product design and design thinking. He has taught design students in the United Kingdom, Turkey, Georgia and India. He attained a Gulbenkian Foundation Scholarship for post graduate study (1993) and has been awarded the South African Bureau of Standards design award (2000).
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