Design Foundation Course

Learn all you need to know about Design in this creative and fundamental course!

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Study at your own pace with support of our professional teachers
Price: 440 - 1530 €700

Suitable for

Anyone who is interested in applying for the University or College degree programs in the field of Design

Sini Koivisto

Architect SAFA & MA in Art Education

Eeva Jokinen

MA in Design & Art Education

Course levels

Choose all course levels to get full curriculum or select the level based on your skills.

Design Foundation Course – Introduction lessons

570 

The Introduction level starts from the basics. You will learn how to think conceptually and how to sketch and communicate your ideas with basic digital & manual drawing and visualization skills.

Photoshop / Photo Editing & Correction

Photoshop / Digital Painting

Marker / Ink Drawing

Gouache & Acrylic Painting

Pencil Drawing

Composition

A kick off zoom session with your teacher


6 lesson packages including video lectures & lecture documents


Several quick tasks to ease you into the lesson subjects


12 project assignments


Personal feedback


Certificate upon successful completion

Design Foundation Course – Core lessons

760 

In the Core level you will get deeper in the significant visualisation methods and techniques. You will be introduced to different fields of design, as well as the tools you will use as a designer, such as concepting, prototyping and presentation techniques.

Sketching & Ideation

Concept in Design

Design

Designing a 3D form

Clay models

3D paper models

Perspective drawing

Light & Shadow

A kick off/update zoom session with your teacher


Personal study plan


8 lesson packages including video lectures & lecture documents


16 design related project assignments


Personal feedback of your returned assignments


Teacher support during your studies


Certificate upon successful completion

Design Foundation Course – Applied lessons

570 

In the Applied level the 6 new lessons open up more of the world of design and give you a wider idea of how to implement your ideas and in how many ways a designer can operate in the field of design. You will also get guidance on how to compile a great and successful portfolio.

Trends

Scandinavian Design

Structures

Surface design

Portfolio examples

Layout

A kick off/update zoom session with your teacher


6 lesson packages including video lectures & lecture documents


Several quick tasks to ease you into the lesson subjects


12 design related project assignments


Personal feedback of your returned assignments


Teacher support during your studies


Certificate upon successful completion

Goals

Design Foundation course is aimed for students who are applying to College or University programs in the field of Design. Whether you are interested in industrial design, furniture design, service design or arts and crafts, this foundation course is for you.

You will learn how to think as a designer and use different technical tools to communicate your ideas and concepts visually. The specifically selected lessons for the demands in the Design field will give you a strong foundation that will support your future studies and career.

Levels

The course is divided into three levels. Each level consists of 4-8 lesson elements. The lesson elements have been selected to support the specific requirements of the different design fields and skill level of the students.

  • Introduction level teaches you to use the basic technical tools typical in the field of design.
  • At the Core level we start to broaden your perspective of design with presentation tools, modeling techniques, design thinking basics and projects that support your understanding and learning.
  • The Applied level lessons deepen your understanding further by introducing more field relevant lessons and content.

Lessons

  • Each lesson consists of video lectures and lecture documents.
  • Several quick tasks ease you into the lessons key ideas and two interesting project assignments channels the learned theory into practice.
  • You will get professional teacher feedback from each assignment and task. The purpose of the feedback is to help you further understand what kind of choices you have made and how you could improve your work.

Method

Study online

In this interactive online course you’ll study independently, going through the lecture materials whenever suits you best. We will contact you to set up a kick-off call with a teacher, where we’ll go through your individual situation and make a personal study plan to reach your goals.

Our teachers follow your process and give assistance and support in every step of the course. The learning is based on your work with the materials. It is one thing to watch tutorials and know in theory how to make things. It is completely another thing to actually work on a project and put your ideas on paper. In our courses you are given complex, interesting assignments that put your creative nodes to work.

Assignments and the feedback

Our feedback and comments will increase your learning and help you understand where your ideas could be worked to reach their best potential. The deeper learning requires commitment and resilience, but we have made it fun and motivating, with kind and personal support and inspiring assignments.

The assignments are planned to challenge you in both technical, but also creative ways. There are many right answers to each assignment and finding your own way to solve the “problem” is one part of becoming a designer. You may approach the assignments from your own viewpoint to reach the result that supports your individual learning. Our feedback will consider your approach from multiple angles and we try to find angles you may not have considered, but also support your design decisions.

As a designer your main goal is to be able to communicate your ideas to the co-worker/customer/end-user. That is why our feedback considers not only your technical skills but also the visual communication of your initial ideas.

DesignWEB study platform

You will be studying in our DesignWeb study platform where the lectures and assignments are available in an easy-to-use online environment. You’ll get access to DesignWeb right from signing up.

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