SketchFest: Emphasising Sketching Skills in Engineering Learning

de Vere, I, Melles, G and Kapoor, A 2012, 'SketchFest: Emphasising Sketching Skills in Engineering Learning' in Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen (ed.) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Institution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society, United Kingdom, pp. 443-448.


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Title SketchFest: Emphasising Sketching Skills in Engineering Learning
Author(s) de Vere, I
Melles, G
Kapoor, A
Year 2012
Title of book Design Education for Future Wellbeing
Publisher Institution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society
Place of publication United Kingdom
Editor(s) Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Start page 443
End page 448
Subjects Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Summary Sketching is often described as the first language of designers and it is a critical skill for engineers and designers as it enables the multiple social and cognitive functions represented by drawing within product design and development. Drawing acumen is considered by industry as a core and indispensible skill in product design, highly efficient and free of the constraints imposed by sequential and logic based digital processes. It enables abstraction, embraces ambiguity, facilitates exploration and unexpected outcomes and provokes creativity through reflection and reinterpretation. It is apparent that any lack of ability to use drawing for creative exploration, reflection or communication can limit creativity, and constrain innovation and the efficiency of the design process. However digital design processes (i.e. CAD) have significantly impacted on the sketching skills of design and engineering students. The persuasiveness of screen-based outcomes has led a decline in drawing skill acquisition to the detriment of both design creativity and design communication. The resultant lack of sketching skills has impacted on students academic performance, their design confidence and creativity and their future employment potential. This paper describes SketchFest; a curricula initiative aimed at re-establishing drawing competency amongst engineering students in direct response to industry expectations. This new curriculum addresses industry concerns regarding graduate attributes through a targeted program that embeds sketching skill development throughout the learning journey.
Copyright notice Copyright © 2012 Institution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society
Keyword(s) Sketching
creativity
product design and development
engineering curricula
ISBN 9781904670360
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