Course - Overview
The three-dimensional world of accessory design is an exciting field of creativity and experimentation – it deals with the design of a wide variety of wearable and non-wearable accessory objects encompassing personal accessories like bags, shoes, jewellery as well as home décor objects.
The course learning integrates 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. Career prospects are enhanced by national and international exposure, real-time projects and mentoring by industry experts.
The 4 years of the UG programme 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 have 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 course provides a large canvas for exploration and self-expression, students are encouraged to become agile thinkers, adept makers and fearless creatives.
Scope of design work includes:
- Wearable Accessories:
Bags, Shoes, Watches, Eyewear, Jewellery (precious & non-precious)
- Non-Wearable Accessories
Home Décor Objects, Office Accessories, 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).
Our 360° comprehensive learning-based model opens up multiple avenues and opportunities for students.
Research current trends and styles to form contemporary accessory designs.
Study materials, processes, and the market itself to form a modern accessory design philosophy.
Form quality designs for accessories that will be known all over the country – and abroad as well!
Bolster the line-up of retail products with new-age forms of accessory design.
Integrate new-age design philosophies to craft beautiful pieces of jewellery.
Develop a host of lifestyle and decorative products to be sold at their respective departments.
Working With Established Designers
Hone your craft and upskill your design abilities by working with eminent designers.
Join a craft organisation and put your knowledge of accessory design to good use.