Students begin to be introduced to the issues associated with becoming a designer. Design projects begin to reflect the client/designer relationship, with live and external briefs being introduced to your studies. A growing emphasis is placed on concept development skills and the ability to analyse existing visual design languages and develop new ones, as well as understanding the technical aspects of operation and manufacture that will underpin the concept.

Year 2 provides you with an opportunity to consolidate the skills developed in year 1 and to begin to develop new ones related to your discipline. The general philosophy in your second year of studies represents a development from study at level 1 of  ‘how’ to design, to ‘why’ to design. You will begin to see more clearly where you fit into the creation of a new product as a product designer and the contribution you can make to that activity.

Product Design Studies
Is your main design module and as such should be used as a vehicle to develop and demonstrate the skills you are acquiring in the rest of your level 2 modules. All project activities have a strong technical focus and are used to show you that commercially, project briefs can as easily be based on a material, technology or manufacturing process as a market or user need. You will also consider the nature of the client/ designer relationship through live and external briefs. You will also have an opportunity to undertake a project area of your own personal choice, possibly based on an area of personal interest, thus preparing you for your final year of studies.

Computer Aided Design
Further develops skills associated with the CAD definition of internal detailing. the module plays a pivotal role in the development of  student’s development, enabling them to develop their design process using rapid prototyping technologies for testing and realising form and detailing. Projects will allow you to further develop an understanding in SolidWorks 3D design software, introducing surface modelling. The module further develops the student’s ability and awareness of when and how to use SolidWorks and PhotoWorks as an integrated design and presentation tool.

Concept Design2
This module introduces and explores the styling requirements of a specific company or client in a professional context. The purpose is to explore and consider the nature of a company or brand identity as it manifests itself in the manufactured object. To develop and extend a defined formatic vocabulary into new product sectors, and new product development process. The companies and products you explore are entirely up to you and can be used as a vehicle to explore areas that might be of interest to you during your final year projects.

Digital Visualisation
Develops issues first introduced at level 1 within DD1101, using computer based digital visualising technologies. You will be introduced to the graphics tablet and stylus as an addition to your design communication toolkit. Classes take you through different software packages that can be used to produce compelling concept and presentation visuals and how they can be used separately or together. Later in the module, layout design is considered, so the impact and quality of your presentation material can be maximised.

Contemporary Contextual Studies
Explores contemporary design and designers that create it. the module looks at the professional practices that shape today’s design and manufacturing industry and begins to ask how these issue influence or affect the student and the design work they undertake. Semester 1 of this module is delivered as a general multi-programme lecture series, in semester 2 activities refocus at an individual programme level.