Who should attend
This course is appropriate for recent graduates or individuals looking to make a change of career. It is ideal for any creative who has an idea for a product that they want to develop into a small business. You may be an experienced entrepreneur or a first-timer, and you may currently be working freelance or employed in a creative business. The main requirement is for you to have a product you want to learn how to develop. Good spoken and written English is also a requirement.
About the course
This course offers designers a unique opportunity to develop their creative practice (fashion, product, furniture, installation, etc.) into small-scale production that can be sold in the marketplace whilst allowing the designer to maintain full control of quality and creativity, and become a designer maker.
The course is led by two tutors who have both set up and run their own designer maker practices (in fashion, furniture, interiors and lighting) and through workshops and tutorials they will share the vital business and product development skills that will allow you to develop your own viable designer maker practice.
The course starts with a 3 day intensive series of workshops delivered at the Central Saint Martins campus in London to develop your concept and initial plans. You will then return home and will be guided through online coaching and tutorials as you continue to develop and refine your plans, conduct user tests and local research, identify suppliers, etc. At the end of this process you will present your finished work to your tutors and peers and gain valuable feedback and next steps to take your practice forward.
- The design process across creative disciplines
- Research methods and utilising research
- Making as an iterative process
- Sampling and prototyping
- Range and supply
- Costing and production
- Branding and your creative practice
By the end of the course you will have;
- Improved your creative practice and design process
- Created design drawings, sketches, and rudimental prototypes
- Research materials and/or fabrics for your product
- Identified your target market and researched competitors
- Developed a product plan for your creative practice
- Understood how to set up production
- Understood how to develop a working prototype with a supplier
Danish designer Alexander Hinnerskov graduated in 2007 with a BA Honours in Product Design from Cental Saint Martins. His interdisciplinary approach has led him to work with product development, bespoke furniture making, lighting design as well as interior design and styling. Having experience in...
Christopher Kelly is a London based fashion designer with a traditional and considered approach to men’s/unisex design. Christopher has a diverse background in design; his experience in art direction, set design and prop making gives him a true understanding of the design process from concept to ...
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
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