Undergraduate Degree




DR3001 Studies in Form

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DR2004; Academic Unit: 4.0]




Academic Unit


4 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To develop in students through practice-based learning their prototyping skills.


This course is designed for students to engage in a study of 3d forms based on metaphors, fantasy, cultural connotations and bionics. Student experience product design through its development within digital the medium to its delivery as a unique object using the facilities of the rapid-prototyping workshop. The course focuses on a study of 3-D form within an environment, both natural and man-made, through drawings and renderings.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Organic form: 3D form and nature

• Analyzing data from research and visualizing forms

• Fantasy form: 3D form and fiction

• Symbolic form: 3D form and culture


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Design Development & Refinement

• Model Making of the final concept

• Portfolio production: photography and recording final proto type


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The students will, through a development of their form-making skills, be better able to bridge the gap between the development and the production of a product design.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 40%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 60% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


  1. D’Arcy W Thompson, On Growth and Form, University Press Cambridge

  2. Joycelyn Godwin, Athnasius Kircher, A Renaissance Man and the Quest for Lost Knowledge, Thames and Hudson

  3. Clive Grinyer, Smart Design and Products of Lateral Thinking, RotoVision

  4. Beppi Finessi, Bruno Munari, Tuttotondo Tuttoquadro, Edition Corraini