Year 2 builds on the knowledge and experience of the Foundation Year. Students explore ideas of materiality, detail, production, culture, communication and drawing. Academic activities aim to hone skills that are needed as a designer and creative thinker. Composition, form, structural aesthetics and proportion are critical in becoming a refined thinker – Year 2 takes students on a journey to develop these skills, to expand their critical thinking through a year of activity linking with industry and socially sustainable challenges.
Design Y2/DS Credits: 16
At the core of the course, and bringing together all disciplines and technical studies is the Design module. The module is a series of design projects that explore space through concept, detailing, construction, materiality, politics, metaphor and language. Students work with the design faculty to progress an idea from a concept to a coherent design proposition. The module operates a unit system where students sign up for projects they are interested in.
Technical Studies Y2/TS Credits: 12
At SSD Technical Studies is taught through a practical approach and an application of knowledge. All subjects include lectures, experimentation and visits to relevant industry.
Material Studies: Scientific and cultural study of materials, their properties, characteristics and design possibilities (brick, timber, stone/marble, concrete, glass, steel/aluminium/zinc, structural cardboard, finishes)
Building Studies: A detailed introduction to construction techniques (joinery, brickwork/masonry, concrete, glass) and construction methods of architectural elements such as staircases, structural openings, fenestration, doorways, flooring and partition systems.
Air Conditioning systems – principles and types.
Electrical systems – basic layouts, use of symbols.
Structural Studies: A comprehensive programme studying the principles of brickwork/masonry, timber, concrete, steel and glass.
Lighting Studies: History of Illuminutaion Principles on illumination Types and uses of lighting fixtures Lighting Design – residential, retail, workspaces, theatre/stage.
Acoustic Studies: Noise control – artificial and natural Specialised acoustics – eg. Auditoriums Acoustic manipulation – through materials and design.
Cultural Studies Y2/DS Credits: 6
The module runs lectures in History of Art, History of Design and Design and Politics.
Drawing/3d/model making Y2/DS Credits: 3
work will support students in their design projects across core and elective studios.