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Diploma of Higher Education in Design and Innovation - Learning outcomes

Educational aims

The aim of this diploma is to broaden your design and innovation thinking around your own particular interests by allowing you to:

  • develop understanding of the processes, principles and issues involved in designing and producing new products
  • understand the issues and challenges associated with design and realisation.
  • gain basic skills in applying and managing design processes
  • understand the role of design and creativity in a contemporary context
  • generate design ideas, concepts, proposals or solutions independently and/or collaboratively in response to set and open-ended briefs

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this Diploma, you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • understand the factors that drive the development of designs and the progression of the design process from conceptual to detailed design
  • know about and appreciate, the global context of design and designing
  • understand the characteristics of design thinking and its application to a range of contexts
  • know about and draw upon the historical, cultural and technical foundations of design and innovation in a range of discipline areas

Cognitive skills

On completion of this Diploma, you will be able to:

  • recognise various aspects of the design process using relevant concepts
  • analyse design solutions in terms of their form and function and the materials and processes used to create them
  • able to research methods and strategies and use them appropriately to think creative, analytic and reflective ways when discussing design problems and solutions
  • able to explore and critique the work of other practitioners
  • appreciate the aesthetic and ethical impacts of design

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this Diploma, you will be able to:

  • able to move from abstract concepts to detailed design
  • make models to develop and communicate design ideas and apply methods and tools used by professional designers
  • be able to engage in debate around design problems and solutions
  • able to produce a portfolio of work that shows self-directed project work

Key skills

On completion of this Diploma, you will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • conceptualise and develop design ideas through drawing and modelling and use 2D and 3D representations in the conception, development and communication of designs
  • respond to critical comments and feedback from others
  • be independent and self-motivated, and manage your workload to meet deadlines
  • make appropriate use of online environments and tools in the development of design

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Knowledge and understanding

  • printed and online materials
  • guided exploration of case study material involving selected products, companies and people
  • guided development of skills (e.g. drawing skills) through printed and video resources
  • guided participatory exercises conducted individually and with peers
  • engagement in studies of potential users and consumers of design
  • focused design activities
  • tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) involving written and graphic communication
  • end-of-module assessments.

Cognitive skills

  • engagement in practical design activity
  • the creation of 2D and 3D representations
  • study of best practice drawn from various design contexts
  • product analysis using selected examples of design outputs
  • tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and project involving written and graphic communication
  • end-of-module assessments.

Key skills

  • exposure to design problems of increasing complexity
  • engagement with various stakeholders in design where communication is required
  • comparisons of strategies with peers and selected examples drawn from professional practice
  • end-of-module assessments.

Practical and/or professional skills

  • self-assessed skills exercises
  • use of design projects
  • integration of research and investigation with practical designing
  • providing opportunities to manage extended design tasks and projects
  • the construction and compilation of various forms of design portfolio.
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