Digital technologies continue to radically transform the way we produce, experience and understand the built environment. The momentous impact of rapid prototyping and rapid manufacture has only just begun to unfold and the extent of change it will have on our lives remains unknown. The only certain thing is that in this time of massive change, digital literacy is an essential element of the designers’ toolkit.
Students will extend their digital form and fabrication knowledge and skills by applying these in a variety of contexts in which design practice is undertaken. This course addresses the use of digital technologies for the production of the one-off object to the mass-produced product. Students are provided with opportunities to apply, evaluate and refine their knowledge of digital tools for the design and manufacture of objects. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the constraints of digital technologies and innovative methods for making full use of their potentials. The objective is to establish technical and creative fluency in the use of CAD and to enable students to achieve outcomes that would otherwise be impossible through any other working methods.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to the design and specification of the built environment with technical and creative fluency.
- Demonstrate understanding of operational constraints through the innovative use of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) systems.
- Communicate reflective and critical approaches through design process.
- Evidence an awareness of historical, contemporary and future contexts for digital form and fabrication.
Indicative AssessmentDesign project (70%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4
Journal/Documentation (20%) Learning Outcomes 3, 4
Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 42 hours of contact comprising lectures, workshops and workshop-like activities.
b) 88 hours of independent student practice and research.
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