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Creative Futures

Your studio is the museum’s new Further Education workshops programme for level 3 design students. The programme has been created and mapped to core BTEC curricula to give an insight into the professional conditions and responsibilities of designing and to ‘demystify’ aspects of the industry using the museum as a creative hub, encouraging students to adopt a playful attitude matched by a rigorous approach to design.

Your Studio workshops are mapped to the following BTEC Units:
Unit 01: Visual Recording in Art and Design (Compulsory)
Unit 02: Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design (Compulsory)
Unit 07: Design Methods in Art and Design (Design pathway)
Unit 08: Design Principles in Art and Design (Design pathway)


Surface Pattern Value
This exclusive workshop has been specifically created for Level 3 vocational learners and is adaptable to students following Graphics, Product and Spatial design pathways, as well as Fashion. To enjoy the fullest learning experience, we recommend you discuss your students’ needs at the time of booking.

• The workshop starts of with exploratory gallery research in the museum’s vibrant exhibition, Hello My Name is Paul Smith, as well as drawing on Design Museum Handling Collections to investigate a range of textiles, products and samples.
• Students are briefed to create a pattern that expresses the Design Museum’s values, challenging them to reflect on their client’s core mission and brand as well as the relationship of pattern to a range of applications and contexts.
• Tutors are encouraged to programme this Paul Smith-inspired design workshop into their curricula as an opportunity to model professional design process, including team collaboration, sketch-booking and visualisation of design ideas to a range of products and surfaces.

Every Friday during term time until 20 June 2014 (extended availability).

The Idea Generation
This specialist workshop provides a creative framework within which students are supported to develop key employability skills, including time management, communication and teamwork. It has been carefully formulated to support Level 3 vocational learners from BTEC design courses to use the Design Museum and its resources, though it is also suitable for AS/A-Level and Foundation students.

• Students work together in a supportive, but fast-paced atmosphere to unpack problems, build their own brief and develop ideas through ‘analogue’ rapid prototyping using a wide assortment of materials chosen to capture the imagination.
• The workshop culminates in a collaborative outcome, or set of outcomes, that enable learners to reflect on their process and consider how divergent thinking and a playful approach can enhance the level of innovation and commercial viability of their designs.


The workshops last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. They take place every Friday during term, in two time-slots:
Morning workshop: 10:30am-12.15pm
Afternoon workshop: 12:45pm-2.30pm

£10 per FE Student
T 020 7940 8782

Ticket includes museum admission and workshop fee (including facilitation and materials). Tutors are admitted free with their group. Advance booking is essential.

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