Engineering and design

Experience Prototyping

Module code: H7111
Level 4
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Laboratory
Assessment modes: Coursework

Prototyping is a key activity in the design process, which informs both the process and design decisions. This is a hands-on module on how to make prototypes, starting with the basics of card/foam/paper and moving through different levels to 3D printing. It enables design students to gain a first-hand appreciation of active engagement with developing prototypes. This illustrates the value of prototypes in three critical design activities:

  • understanding materials
  • exploring design ideas
  • communicating design concepts.

This module will also ensure correct methods are utilised and understood as far as health and safety is concerned.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of different materials and the ability to plan and source relevant materials and technologies for the creation of models and prototypes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use prototyping to create, explore, illustrate and develop a design idea
  • Demonstrate practical modelling and presentation skills to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Demonstrate how to use prototyping as not only a tool for creativity but for communication, reflection and dialogue.