Integrated Product Design
Designing products and services has become increasingly complex. In this studio you will learn how to address the needs of your users and how to combine business aspects with social challenges and technological potential.
The studio focuses on the processes and principles that govern interactions between people, products and services. You will learn about the ways in which people understand reality and about the way they understand their everyday experience. You will also study design aimed at responding to changing expectations and you will learn how to use contemporary technologies to prototype new solutions.
Designing services, products, visual communication and information as well as designing environments all involve a sense of responsibility. New solutions may offer impulses to change human habits, behaviour and to become active. They may also introduce social innovations. The studio will provide you with the practical skills of how to gather information and verify design solutions by engaging users in the creative process. Thanks to this, your designs will answer genuine current and future social expectations (meeting also the principles of sustainable development).
Working on your diploma
Having completed your first term of studies you will choose one out of the three seminar thematic areas (Outside the Box, Commercial or Social), the design diploma studio of your choice and the additional modules that will complement the work on your diploma.
You will be working on your diploma for three terms (2nd, 3rd and 4th). The first of them will give you time to search for design challenges, for mapping contexts and for preliminary analyses. All this will lead to finalising the diploma work outline and its main assumptions. In the following term, you will work on the main conception of your diploma and on its prototyping, while the final term of your studies will give you time to test and, possibly also, to implement the completed design. Your diploma work may be realized with external institutions.
The curricula of the studios are complemented by the following modules:
- Design management in the future world
– innovation management, new product development, strategy building, structuring and implementing designs, creating an effective environment for the implementation of the mission and of the organisational strategy through design (including social innovations).
- Designer’s toolkit
– the course involves the work on the basic skills crucial for product design, such as computer aided design, ergonomics, presentation drawing, prototyping.
- Material experiments
– methods intended for experimental search for new materials, mixtures and composites based on recycled material such as PET, PE, foil, woodchips, tyre rubber.
- Human perception and behaviour
– examining users’ perception and behaviour from the perspectives offered by ethnographic, sociological and psychological methodologies.
- Sustainable development
– creating sustainable development in society, economy, environment; creative building methods and aspects (upcycling, circular economy, shared economy, creating a conscious and self-caring society, etc.).
- Connected technology
– technologies supporting the creation of intelligent spaces, i.e. intelligent cities, transport, products, buildings, energy systems, health systems, solutions improving well-being and everyday life solutions.
- Methodology of the inclusive design
– methods of including users in the design process, of researching their needs, and of co-creation.
Other recommended programmes and courses available at the Academy:
Designing Reading Experience
Narrative Design and Interactive Storytelling
Research-driven design is supported by the employment of the most effective and most up-to-date methods of research and design. The Academy’s unique quality distinguishing it from other central European universities is its research-driven approach to design. One module is dedicated to learning about and testing contemporary research methods useful in design, from those with distinctly laid out procedures, those employing participative design, those researching user needs, to those including project interventions/happenings/installations and speculative design.
Seminars and discussion sessions
Our seminars and discussion sessions are the meeting ground for the students studying programmes in English and in Polish and for those studying graphic design and design. They facilitate the exchange of experience and of interdisciplinary work. They offer the time to consider, debate and refine one’s own interests and the thematic areas for diploma works.
The classes are aimed at presenting general knowledge on cultural and socio-economic contexts and their implications on design. Issues related to design history, ethics, philosophy, sociology and semiotics are presented in three thematic areas: design outside the box, social design, and the commercial practice of design.
Diploma seminars are conducted within the three abovementioned thematic areas and will support students’ individual work on their diploma papers. The emphasis will be on the high quality of research necessary to complete written diploma dissertation.
The classes will take the form of discussions, lectures and presentations prepared by members of the faculty and by external experts invited in order to make the course of studies more international. Every year a leading theme reflecting contemporary challenges is selected for all the seminars.
Modes of studying / teaching methods:
- design briefs,
- seminars and discussions,
- interdisciplinary team work,
- individual sessions / tutorials,
- group discussions, group reviewing and group criticism,
- collective field research,
- co-operation with external partners / customers,
- learning from others,
- participation of external experts,
- individual work.