Brighton, United Kingdom

Experience Prototyping

when 28 June 2021 - 16 July 2021
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee EUR 2250

Prototyping is a key activity in the design process, which informs both the process and design decisions. This is a hands-on module, introducing you to the process of making prototypes, starting with basics of card/foam/paper and progressing through different levels, to 3D Printing.

It enables you to gain a first-hand appreciation of active engagement with developing prototypes. This module illustrates the value of prototypes in three critical design activities: understanding materials, exploring design ideas and in communicating design concepts. This module will also ensure correct methods are utilised and understood as far as health and safety is concerned.

This module is for those interested in art, technology & development and product design, and will develop transferable skills for the marketing, product design, graphics industries. This is a practical module with 70% of time spent in workshops, you will be actively engaged in this prototyping, as the module is topical and innovative, with students developing a deeper understanding of the process of 3D Printing.

This module is extremely hands-on, with every aspect of theory that students learn being put into practical work; these sessions are linked to the assessment where students will showcase their prototypes towards the end of the session.

As this is an introduction to Prototyping, this module is open to students of any academic background. An example of the module structure is outlined below:

Week 1 - An introduction to prototyping, looking at form and surface design using subtractive and additive prototyping methods
Week 2 - Investigating structural properties with prototypes
Week 3 - We look at further developing prototypes and adding detail
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Course aim

- Demonstrate a systematic understanding of different materials and the ability to plan and source relevant materials and technologies for the creation of models and prototypes.
- Demonstrate the ability to use prototyping to create, explore, illustrate and develop and design idea.
- Demonstrate practical modelling and presentation skills to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
- Demonstrate how to use prototyping as not only a tool for creativity but for communication, reflection and dialogue.

Credits info

15 EC
All our modules have been formally approved for 15 Sussex credits; equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3-4 US credits. This means that your study at Sussex over the summer can count towards your degree.

Sussex modules are accepted for transfer credit towards degrees at most colleges and universities. But policies and degree requirements vary, so you should obtain approval for transfer of module credit before you apply.

Please consult with your study abroad advisor before choosing your modules to ensure you are able to transfer any credit you need.

Fee info

EUR 2250: The full cost of one 3-week Undergraduate Summer School session will be £2250. If you wish to study for both sessions then you can do so.

This is made up of:

Tuition - £1500 per session
Accommodation and campus programme fee - £750 per session

Tuition fees of £1500 per session include:

- All teaching and assessment for one module of study. Where field trips or course excursions are required then the cost of this is included in the tuition feer, however travel costs may be required
- A minimum of 150 study hours, with a minimum of 40 hours class/teaching contact hours
- Modules formally approved for 15 Sussex credits, equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3 – 4 US credits
- A transcript of studies upon successful completion of the module (including meeting all attendance and assessment requirements).

The accommodation and campus programme fee of £750 per session include:

- Your own bedroom in on-campus East Slope student village. These are a mixture of en-suite flats and standard flats with shared facilities
- Bedding pack of duvet and duvet cover, sheet, towel, pillow and pillowcase
- Daily meal allowance
- Programme of free campus social events and activities throughout each session. Free excursions and social programme trips will be provided on Fridays and weekends.


If you are applying from one of our partner institutions, you will be entitled to a reduction in tuition fees. Please contact your study abroad office or for more information.