Drawing for Design (H7112)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

Drawing and other visual practices have an important role to play not only in Product Design but in every discipline. Drawing helps to sharpen observational skills and enables rapid and accurate recording of key details.

Drawing and sketching enables you to understand abstract or complex ideas and processes, and make them clear and tangible. This ability provides a basis for these ideas to be discussed, explored and challenged, and is a powerful way to develop critical thinking, reinforce memory and create understanding.

Drawing, sketching and other visual images also provide a trigger for discussion and dialogue which means they can be used to both develop communication skills and also to encourage you to reflect on your own experience, goals and plans for development.

This module is about exploring the rich variety of drawing methods used to generate, develop and present ideas and in so doing you will understand how to use drawing as a tool for observation, communication, reflection, dialogue, development, testing, evaluation and analysis.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: