module specification

DN5F07 - Project Realisation: Furniture (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Project Realisation: Furniture
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)
Total study hours 300
150 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
150 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Project work
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year City Friday Morning
Year City Friday Afternoon
Year City Tuesday Morning
Year City Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

In this Project Realisation module you will resolve your project to furniture industry standards, whether design and manufacture, or restoration and conservation, and present this practice ready for professional launch. DN5F07 requires your attention to the full realisation and detailing of the project proposed. Building upon that developed in ‘Client-Project Development’, projects will be developed through material and/or constructional investigation, experimentation and manipulation including as appropriate, full scale artefacts and/ or working prototypes that will help you to realise relevant and successful solutions for your agreed project briefs and for specific clients, users or sites.

Materiality (choice and use of form, colour, surface and texture) affects meaning and value in all design. You will consider how your analysis, understanding and experimentation with material selection and manipulation affect the function, perceived quality and significance of the object. This module will ask you to consider also the social and environmental impacts of material choices on designed objects, through in-depth research.

You will learn to manage your own practice, working to deadlines and within the constraints of the project. You will work to a high level of presentation and to develop a logical and creative approach to identification and solving of realisation issues appropriate to the needs of users and clients in the context of the professional practice of your field.

Prior learning requirements

Pass & Completion of Prior Level

Module aims

This module seeks to enable you to:

• Through selection and analysis, ensure that material, process, construction or treatment choices are appropriate for the designed artefacts, considering required standards, values, costs, aesthetics and performance.
• Within deadlines, experiment and resolve with appropriate materials and technologies, ensuring to make sound, reflexive, technical, aesthetic, ethical and economic decisions appropriate to your discipline.
• Manipulate a variety of scaled and detailed interventions, realisations, prototypes and communication methods, as used in industry to accurately convey proposals.
• Apply critical and commercial awareness of ethical and environmental issues to choices made in projects appropriate to standards of professional practice.
• Engage in responsible practice in respect of the needs of clients, users and society.


Through self-directed projects, students will normally experience:

• 2D and 3D production/ realisation/ communication techniques and technologies.
• Prototyping methods.
• Aesthetics, economics and consequesnces of material and process selection, in respect of maintenance, energy requirements, disposal and whole life costing.
• Materials specification methods.
• Manufacturing methods in commercial practice
• Applied research and analysis techniques, through user testing.
• Knowledge of subcontracting industries.
• Consideration of environmental material issues: scarcity, sustainability, recycling and social impact.
• Technical conventions of constructional and detail drawing appropriate to industry standards.

Learning and teaching

Learning and Teaching strategy for the module includes:

• self-directed student projects
• lectures, seminars, practice-led support, homework assignments and peer critiques.
• study groups face-to-face and on WebLearn
• student discussion blog
• compilation of online personal portfolio
• digital log of progress through the module and its projects
• students develop shared resource library online
• team working projects
• contextual site and industry visits

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module, you will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
Realise sound material, construction or process choices for a defined context within set deadlines, defending your choices in the context of sector specific professional practice.

Cognitive intellectual skills
Self-manage, consider and balance the complex and competing demands made by the practical, ethical, economic and aesthetic issues linked to material, construction or process selection.

Transferable skills
Specify and accurately express your intentions in respect of material, process and construction, using a range of industry standard professional communication techniques appropriate to the users, client and context.

Subject specific skills
Resolve to a professional standard, appropriate detailed techniques and technical competencies for material, process and construction investigation, testing, realization or treatment in accordance with the practice and expectations of the furniture design, manufacturing or restoration sectors.

Assessment strategy

At regular reviews, you are expected to produce a presentation of your project development, together with evaluation of progress and plans for further work

This module will formatively assess project development work and the satisfactory completion of relevant technical/ workshop activities and continuing independent practice (and associated health and safety procedures) through a regularly updated portfolio of research and records. All students are required to undertake formal interim presentations with evidence of continuous reflective journals responding to studio critique and tutorial guidance. Work presented will be subject to formal studio feedback from a panel of disciplinary specialists. This will inform final assessment marks and must be considered and acted upon by the student.

The final mark is given at the end of the module, assessed through a portfolio of project work (as specified in set or approved project briefs) and the final outcome. Work must be carefully organized and presented to indicate the development of work and the content clearly labeled.

Students must attend timetabled studio and workshop sessions.


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