First and foremost, designers need to have practical skills. These skills can incorporate a wide range of two and three-dimensional activities, and traditional and digital practices.
However, the crafting of these artifacts is only part of the conundrum of design. Doing without thinking is not necessarily a bad thing when one is discussing making.
Design is not just about making an artifact well. It is more than a response to an entirely personal subject matter (although it can be this as well). Design can encompass considerations ranging from technical and market-led, through to sociological, conceptual and environmental.
As such, designers are required to be creative, critical thinkers, innovators, researchers, entrepreneurial, technically skilled, and imaginative, as well as communicators of complex information.
The work produced by our students across all our courses within the design area of the school typifies all this and more.