Product Design & Entrepreneurship

Diploma

Welcome to Product Design

This course will equip students with skills and understanding in the effective development and communication of design ideas, the ergonomics of usability and interaction, product styling, three-dimensional designing and the production and use of prototypes as a key part of design practice.

Course description – diploma

Semester One

DPD 111     – Introduction to Industrial/Product Design                             3 Credit Hours

Description

This course seeks to introduce students to the subject of Product Design, the definition of product design as well as some of the ways design interacts in the societal and business environment, where the results of this activity permeate every sphere of our lives; in the home and workplace, in schools, factories, offices and shops, in streets and transport systems.

 

DPD 112     – Basic Workshop Practices                                                            3 Credit Hours

Description
This course will seek to introduce students to a range of tools and equipment used in the making of products. This course is aimed at helping the student to develop different types of skills leading to the achievement of competencies in Fitting, Tin-Smithy, Carpentry, Pipe fitting and Metal joining.

 

DPD 113     –  Foundations in Technical Drawing                                            3 Credit Hours

Description
This course seeks to explain why Technical Drawing is an effective way of communicating design concepts. It examines industry trends to show why designers, engineers and technologists today have an even greater need to master graphics communication. Students will be introduced to the significance of graphics language and associated tools for the designer and technologist.

 

DPD 114     –  Basic Drawing                                                                                   3 Credit Hours

Description

This course introduces students to basic drawing techniques and is designed to increase observation skills. The knowledge and understanding gained through drawing from life directly enhances our ability to draw from the imagination. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of drawing. At the end of this course, students should be able to use the lead and colour pencils, charcoal pencil, the technical pen and fine-tipped marker to explore fully the expressive qualities of lines.

 

DPD 115      –  Introduction to African Art and Culture                                    3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is designed to introduce students to the various African cultures, their history, practices and beliefs in so far as these cosmological beliefs have the ability to influence some designs that may be developed by the product designer. The Ghanaian product designer must have a good understanding of the African Societies in order to fully appreciate the true meaning of the art developed by the various African Societies.

 

DPD 116     –  Communication and Study Skills I                                              3 Credit Hours

Description
This course seeks to give students a firm foundation in the ability to use effective communication and study skills for academic work and to be able to show mastery of the spoken language as well as the skills needed in the presentation of information.

 

DPD 117     –  Information Communication Technology I                              3 Credit Hours

Description
This course introduces students to the general concept of computing, the classifications, operations and functions of the computing system, while gaining a fair understanding of the use of Microsoft Office software packages. At the end of the course, students should be able know and explain the difference between hardware and software and should have acquired the ability to access, store, transmit and manipulate information.

Semester Two

DPD 121    –  Idea development and the Design Process                3 Credit Hours

Description
This course will introduce students to the design process which involves organizing the creative and analytical processes used to satisfy a need or solve a problem. Students will be made aware of the fact that, sketches, drawings, computer models and presentation graphics are all linked to the design and production processes. Idea development techniques such as Synectics and other visual thinking methods developed to stimulate creativity in design will be introduced to students.

 

DPD 122     –  Workshop Safety Practices                                              3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is designed to assist students in the proper use and handling of workshop equipment, tools and related equipment or chemicals. Such tools and equipment if not used properly, could inflict damage on an unsuspecting user. It is therefore necessary to adhere to certain safety rules since these tools and equipment may need certain conditions for proper execution or use.

 

DPD 123     –  Orthographic and Multiview Projections                     3 Credit Hours

Description
This course seeks to introduce students to the principles of orthographic projection as a parallel projection technique in which the plane of projection is positioned between the observer and the object and is perpendicular to the parallel lines of sight. Students will be shown how the orthographic projection technique can produce either pictorial drawings that show all three dimensions of an object in one view or multiviews that show only two dimensions of an object in a single view.

 

DPD 124    –  Freehand Drawing Techniques                                         3 Credit Hours

Description
In this course, students develop effective drawing techniques as a specialized form of visual communication. Quality and expressiveness of line are developed. Life drawing, still life drawing and sketching techniques are utilised, to assist students in creating images of their ideas about two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional forms and spaces.

 

DPD 125      –   Introduction to Computer Aided Design                    3 Credit Hours

Description
This course introduces students to 3D modelling as an innovative approach to the visualization process and how Computer Aided Design (CAD) is revolutionizing industry and promoting the integration of computers into the design process.

 

DPD 126     –   Communication and Study Skills II                               3 Credit Hours

Description
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to communicate professionally on many levels including writing; speaking; conducting meetings; giving presentations and interpersonal dialogues; and the use of electronic media. It is designed to improve the students’ ability to speak and to understand spoken English through a variety of listening, pronunciation, and speaking activities as well as Technical Report and Proposal writing.

 

DPD 127    –   Information Communication Technology II                 3 Credit Hours

Description
The course is a continuation of DPD 117 and focuses on computer, mobile computing, and multimedia design production. It further expands on the use of key applications such as spreadsheets, databases, presentation, graphics and web design software. Aside from the traditional computer based technologies such as those related to standard office applications, and specialist applications such as CAD, aspects of digital communication (internal networks) will be introduced. Topics that deal with the way ICT is used and managed in an organization will be covered: such as, the meaning and value of information, how information is controlled, the limitations of ICT and legal considerations.

Semester Three

BPD 231     – Introduction to Design & Modeling                             3 Credit Hours

Description

This course will introduce students to product design and modeling through the use of computer modeling, rendering and digital fabrication.

 

BPD 232     – Product Design Methods                                                3 Credit Hours

Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the new design methods such as Open engineering and crowd-sourcing ideas and how these new methods relate to each other, to the new problems that they are intended to solve and to the traditional methods they are intended to replace.

 

BPD 233     – Perspective  Drawing                                                       3 Credit Hours

Description

This drawing course is designed to give, an opportunity for students to utilize all the knowledge and experience acquired in their previous art courses, in order to create a body of work that demonstrates expertise in manual drawing.

 

BPD 234     – Nature of Materials and Processes                             3 Credit Hours

Description

This course emphasizes the materials and processes used in manufacturing. Fundamentals include the properties, structure and nature of materials for manufactured goods, such as ferrous and nonferrous metals and alloys, plastics, wood, composites and ceramics, and the selection of materials for various functions. Such knowledge will help the designer to avoid ill-conceived pieces, devised to look good in the media but with little technical integrity.

 

BPD 235     – Research Methods                                                             3 Credits Hours

Description

This course seeks to provide an introduction to research methods and designs relevant to product design practitioners. The course will focus on an introduction to various research designs, including experimental and non-experimental, as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods. In addition, the course will focus on providing a practical understanding of several statistical tools used in Artistic research. The emphasis will be on knowing when to use the various tests, what they measure, and how to interpret results.

 

BPD 236     – Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation          3 Credit Hours

Description

This course seeks to introduce students to the concept of Entrepreneurship, which is the predominant form of business organization and is the world’s oldest profession. It further seeks to inculcate into students a zeal and how to identify, organize and start a new business in design and related areas.

Semester Four

BPD 241     – Design for Use                                                                               3 Credit Hours

Description

This course seeks to explain why a designer’s chance of developing a successful product depends on a good understanding of the sensual or visual quality of a form that disarms or delights the observer. Students will be made aware of the importance of ensuring  that good design  is people-centered and improves lives on many levels, in order to maintain  its value. Students will be provided with the needed information to appreciate the importance of how technology and design go together and the need to integrate user-centered design and the “functional, emotional, and social utilities into the creation of goods and services and strategies which consequently increases economic value”.

 

BPD 242     – Visual Communications and Package Design           3 Credit Hours

Description

This course is designed to provide design related information on packaging design for the product designer. A course on visual communication and package design principles is relevant to industrial/product designers and addresses product/brand definition and corporate identity through package design.

 

BPD 243     – Ergonomics and Human Factors Application           3  Credit Hours

Description

This course seeks to introduce students to the importance and essence of Ergonomics which primarily is a way of enhancing the effectiveness of physical objects and enhancing desirable human values of safety and human comfort.  The course will have an applied emphasis oriented towards using psychological theory in the “real” world of product design, and basically reducing to designing products better. This course is therefore an attempt to introduce students to a systematic application of relevant information to the design process.

 

BPD 244     – Objects and Impacts                                                                3 Credit Hours

Description

This  course  explores  the  rules  of  designing  products  so  they  can actually be  manufactured.

 

BPD 246      – Project Work                                                                         3  Credit Hours

Description

This course is designed to help the student put into action or practice the selected design process or methodology acquired during the two-year study.

The project work is a culmination of all that the student during the course of study, has managed to acquire in terms of knowledge and skills. The final project is to be determined in conjunction with his/her supervisor and when approved, taken through the appropriate and relevant design process to completion. The final object may be a prototype or a fully functioning object.

EXAMINATION / ASSESSMENT OF COURSE WORK

Assessment of a student’s performance shall be by a combination of continuous assessment and End of semester examinations. The weightings for the two modes of assessment are as follows:

Continuous Assessment

Class Assignment, Quizzes and Tests   –       25% (at least THREE ENTRIES a semester)

Mid – Semester Examination                 –           15%

End of Semester Examination            –               60%

 

Note:  A student who does not take Mid – Semester Examination does not qualify to take End of Semester Examinations.

Bachelor of Arts

Product Design & Entrepreneurship

Four (4) year programme

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Diploma

Product Design

Two (2) year programme

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Certificate

Bench Jewellery

3 – 12 months

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