Back to Basics: Using Esquisses to Develop Core Design Skills

de Vere, I 2016, 'Back to Basics: Using Esquisses to Develop Core Design Skills', in Erik Bohemia, Lyndon Buck, Kaare Eriksen, Ahmed Kovacevic, Nis Ovesen and Christian Tollestrup (ed.) Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (EPDE 2016), Aalborg, Denmark, 8-9 September 2016, pp. 83-88.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Back to Basics: Using Esquisses to Develop Core Design Skills
Author(s) de Vere, I
Year 2016
Conference name EPDE 2016: Design Education: Collaboration and Cross-Disciplinarity
Conference location Aalborg, Denmark
Conference dates 8-9 September 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (EPDE 2016)
Editor(s) Erik Bohemia, Lyndon Buck, Kaare Eriksen, Ahmed Kovacevic, Nis Ovesen and Christian Tollestrup
Publisher Design Society & Institution of Engineering Designers
Place of publication United Kingdom
Start page 83
End page 88
Total pages 6
Abstract Design education is increasingly complex. A proliferation of new and emerging design agendas combined with broader career pathways has resulted in curricula that is at maximum capacity as it attempts to develop knowledge, skills and competency across a broad range of subject areas. In seeking to address constantly evolving design practice, broad base curriculum can either lack of depth or neglect the core skills that underpin the profession. It is apparent in recent years that design students whilst knowledgeable and capable as design thinkers, are often unsupported in the development of the fundamental skills required for design ideation and communication. This paper describes curriculum initiatives aimed at re-establishing core design skills at the beginning of the design learning journey, in direct response to industry expectations. An observed lack of competency in the core areas of design communication (sketching, rendering and storyboarding) and creativity and ideation, resulted in revision to the level 1 curriculum at Brunel University London to facilitate student learning and to emphasis the importance of core design skills. A term-long program of weekly 'esquisses' was introduced to support the existing project-based curriculum. Resultantly, students now acquire skills through a skills development program, rather than indiscriminately (if at all) during design projects. The twelve exercises are a structured learning platform for skills acquisition that focus on development of design communication and ideation skills, supported by tutor demonstrations.
Subjects Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Design education
design skills
student learning experience
Copyright notice Copyright © 2016 Institution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society
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