3D Design Facilities
Students from a number of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses: BA (Hons) Furniture Design, BDes (Hons) Interior Design, BDes (Hons) Product Design and MA Design and Applied Arts (Interior Design) have access to exceptional 3D Design facilities. In total, there are six fully equipped specialist workshops offering an extensive range of materials and processes – all supported by a full team of technical support staff.
- Wood workshop
The wood workshop has four specialist circular saws for preparation of materials from rough sizing through to precision cutting. It is professionally equipped for producing a range of prototypes and has a comprehensive range of tools for bench and hand work.
Machine tools include:
◆ Hand and table routers
◆ Dovetailing machines
◆ Wood lathes
A number of other processes are available for the forming of timber using our steam bending and vacuum press for lamination work. These facilities are complemented by a large scale CNC Router which enables designs to be produced using the 3D CAD software: SolidWorks, AutoCAD and ArtCAM.
- 2 fine metal workshops, they include:
◆ 12 specialist jewellery and silversmithing benches
◆ Acid etching and annealing processes
◆ Facilities for chasing and repoussé work, and the drawing of non ferrous metals
◆ 3 brazing hearths and forging facilities, complemented by specialist polishing equipment
◆ A sound booth with a large array of dies and stakes for forming and shaping non ferrous metals
- The engineering workshop includes:
◆ Lathes · A large scale milling machine
◆ Hand tools for shaping and forming metals
◆ Power fed tube forming equipment – as well as more traditional forming processes
- The welding room includes:
◆ MIG, TIG, Spot and Plasma cutters
◆ Specialist extraction systems
◆ A finishing spray booth – which enables prototypes to be completed to a high professional standard
- Plastics modelling workshops
There are two plastics modelling workshops. They include a state of the art laser cutter /engraving machine and vacuum forming equipment. The workshop is fully equipped to construct and form polymers. It also includes two kilns that enable materials to be thermoformed along with hot wire cutters to form and sculpt modelling foam. Other facilities in the plastics modelling workshops include:
◆ A wet resin room for forming glass and carbon fibre lamination
◆ A resin casting facility
◆ Spray and sand blasting machines
Study with us
We offer both undergaraduate and postgraduate courses in Furniture Design, Interior Design and Product Design:
BDes (Hons) Furniture Design excels in encouraging you to develop your own ideas and innovative concepts for furniture through our professionally-focussed design course. The course delivers a commercial understanding and awareness of current furniture design practice in aesthetics, design innovation, leading edge technologies, industrial practice, human factors and sustainability.
BDes (Hons) Interior Design is a strongly vocational course with project work at every level that is both current and relevant to graduate employment. The key to success as an interior designer is to be innovative and flexible with an in depth knowledge of contemporary methods, materials and concepts.
BDes (Hons) Product Design is a professionally-focussed design course that excels in encouraging you to develop your own ideas and innovative concepts. We offer you a highly creative environment, in which to develop your own ideas, and provide you with opportunities for a future career in the creative industries across national and international markets.
The focus of postgraduate study in Design and Applied Arts is to consider your current and past practice and recognise the opportunities that exist for research, material investigation and professional development. The aim is to provide a framework that will guide your enquiry within your subject specialism.
- Interior Design