Design Foundation Course
Study Plan – Introduction (2 weeks)
Basic visual communication and introduction to the design process. In the introduction of the course we will cover the following:
- Visual Elements
- Visual Perception
- Introduction to Colour Theory
Through interactive lectures and exploratory exercises, the students will be able to understand the basics of visual communication and perception. The students will work with photography, developing the basic skills required.
Study Plan – Experimentation (5 weeks)
During this period the students will tackle a wide range of design and drawing challenges, spanning many areas of design. The students will be introduced to industry-standard software (Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Indesign). Therefore it is relevant for the students to bring their computers with the required software installed. This stage aims to enable the students to understand their interests and abilities in different design fields.
The experimental stage is to challenge the creativity of the students; through an established project where they will complete a variety of design work. The project is organized so that the students try elements of each discipline, from fashion, graphics and interior architecture.
The students will also have the opportunity to visit a museum and/or a gallery to open their horizons in the art and design field. Through their research and documented drawings, the students will have the opportunity to design a new brand, create a space and design a fashion item.
The project is written to encourage the students to develop their ideas. They will start with a design brief, then are expected to research the topic, and produce a high-quality body of work.
This will be perfect training for what the students will be facing after enrolling in one of the Marbella Design Academy three-year Bachelor of Arts Validated programmes.
Study Plan – Specialisation (4 weeks)
Students will be involved in several areas of design and engage in self-directed work. This stage aims to enable the students to conduct the project in different design fields. At this stage, students will know which area of design interests them the most.
All the project will be discussed and agreed in advance with the tutor. The tutor will be able to suggest solutions, although the student will be encouraged to develop ideas and concepts of their own.
Study Plan – Presentation (1 week)
The students are expected to present their self-directed project. They will also build a portfolio of their work to show prospective degree courses. An essential aspect of being a designer is compiling and presenting a project. This short stage will be divided into two parts to helps students gain confidence in showing their work.
Students will give a short presentation (15 minutes maximum) of their projects. They will not aim to show everything that they have done, but focus in on the best of their projects.
Then, each student will build a portfolio fit for degree level interviews. It will be neat, orderly and show all the work developed for the project. It will show sketches alongside to finished deliverables, all sustained by a development process.
The specialisation stage will introduce students to the concept of working accordingly to a brief. The project will give the students an understanding of how design works in the commercial world.
Each student will participate in a project covering interior architecture, graphic design and fashion design.