Welcome to Product Design
BA (Hons) Product Design and Entrepreneurship
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 – Degree
BPD 111 – Introduction to Industrial/Product Design 3 Credit Hours
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 permeates every sphere of our lives; in the home and workplace, in schools, factories, offices and shops, in streets and transport systems.
The primary objective is to expose students to the beginnings of product design as a business activity, concept development, engineering drawings, design for prototyping, and manufacturing.
BPD 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. Objective This course is aimed at helping the student to develop different types of skills leading to the achievement of competencies in the following areas through the knowledge of specifications and the use of tools and accessories related to the following workshop practices.
BPD 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.
BPD 114 – Basic Drawing 3 Credit Hours
Description This course introduces students to the basic drawing techniques and it 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.
BPD 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.
BPD 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.
BPD 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.
BPD 481 Post Industrial Attachment Seminars 3 Credit Hours
Description The course aims to make students think about their experiences whilst on industrial attachment in terms of appropriate and inappropriate conducts and actions. It also creates opportunities for students to reflect on what they have learnt whilst on industrial attachment and what they still need to learn. Objective Presentation and discussion of reports that detail and appraise the overall experience of students as interns will be given. Students are also able to reflect on problems and opportunities in the craft and product making Industry based on their experiences whilst on industrial attachment. It gives students the platform to enhance their understanding of how their industrial attachment experience fits into current practice and thinking within the design industry in Ghana and beyond. BPD 482 Studio Research in Product Design 6 Credit Hours Description This is a studio based course is designed to assist students to focus on the real world demands of the product design industry. An important element of the course is work-based learning that seeks to link up classroom activities with a real world of work experiences gained through the Industrial Attachment Programme (IAP). Objective It aims at equipping students with an underpinning knowledge of professional practice from which to develop individual skills requisite for an increasing technologically demanding yet creative environment experienced so far. Projects accomplished in this course are expected to serve as innovative, highly creative, cross- disciplinary tools responsive to the true needs of men and would be executed using a variety of techniques. Upon Completion of this course, students will demonstrate sensitivity to and competences in the identification of product design needs through research; identify their own competences within the broader context of Product Design praxis and demonstrate their application to the solution of real time product design problems.
BPD 483 Exhibition Design 3 Credit Hours
Description Students undertake preliminary exercises in display and exhibition design prior to the development and implementation of an exhibition. Students gain the experience of working for a real client with specific criteria regarding content, budget, and time constraints. Objective The primary objective of this course is to provide students with some understanding of the tasks and skills required to work in the field of display and exhibition design.
BPD 484 Product Design Analysis 3 Credit Hours
Description The course is designed to offer students the understanding of principles of comparative product design analysis covering marketing and sales, manufacturing techniques and materials, ambiance and qualities of the object/context relationship, and design analysis from the perspective of the designer, the maker and the user. Objective Students are expected demonstrate qualitative and quantitative comparative product analysis techniques, describe products and environments using professional terms for ambiance, form, colour and style. Again students are required to demonstrate improvement in presentation and graphic skills, and make group presentations of knowledge gained.
BPD 485 Project Report II 3 Credit Hours
Description This course is a continuation of the project started in BPD 471. Objective The objective is that students will have the needed time to complete their projects since they now have an understanding and application of some basic concepts of research and its methodologies.
EXAMINATION / ASSESSMENT OF COURSE WORK
Grading at the end of each semester
|Cumulative Grade point Average||Class|
|3.50 – 4.00||First Class|
|3.00 – 3.50||Second Class Upper|
|2.50 – 2.99||Second Class Lower|
|2.00 – 2.49||Third Class|
|1.00 – 1.99||Pass|