module specification

DN6011 - Major Project Realisation: Furniture and Product Design (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Major Project Realisation: Furniture and Product Design
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Art, Architecture and Design
Total study hours 300
72 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
228 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Portfolio - A portfolio of 2D and 3D work as specified.
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year City Friday Morning
Year City Tuesday Afternoon
Year City Tuesday Morning
Year City Friday Afternoon

Module summary

The Major Project module provides the opportunity for you to prepare yourself for employment or independent practice in furniture and product design, or to progress to higher studies. Through the self-determined project, you will synthesise the specialist knowledge and skills that you have gained through the course and effectively communicate these through the professional-standard production of your designs.

You will exercise your abilities in selecting, analysing and applying knowledge, skills and understanding to a fully researched project. Through this process, you will be able properly to understand and communicate your strengths, interests and position in your field, as well as your opportunities for future professional development.

A negotiated and approved proposal will confirm your individual project. Through careful planning and recording of process, you will demonstrate your ability to negotiate the complex and changing nature of problems in professional furniture and product design, balancing the competing demands of creativity, practicality, commercial reality and ethical principles.

Your  outcome will exhibit a professional standard of realisation, contextualisation and presentation, providing the elements for an interview-ready portfolio of practice.

Prior learning requirements

Pre-requisite DN5023 3D Design Realisation
Available for Study Abroad? NO


Through a negotiated and agreed individual project, you will plan, record, manage, produce and deliver a completed work or collection.

The syllabus will be individually set according to the nature of the agreed project and its deliverables, but will always include:

project planning and time management;
selection of material and process with rationale;
recording of progress;
professional standard presentation of artefacts and supporting documents;
evaluation of outcomes and appraisal of potential for commercial application.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Scheduled teaching provides the guidance and foundation to ensure that independent study is effective in addressing the module’s learning outcomes and assessment tasks.

In-class activity makes use of varied student-centred approaches such as active, flipped and blended learning, so that a range of learning strategies is deployed, and individual learning styles are accommodated. Information is provided through a range of means and sources to minimise and remove barriers to successful progress through the module. The course team seeks to embed the University’s Education for Social Justice Framework in fostering learning that is enjoyable, accessible, relevant and that takes account of the social and cultural context and capital of its students.

Activities foster peer-to-peer community building and support for learning. Reflective learning is promoted through interim formative feedback points that ask students to reflect on their progress, receive help where they identify the opportunity for improvement in learning strategies and outcomes and make recommendations to themselves for future development. Throughout the module, students build a body of work, including written reflections on progress and achievement.

The School’s programme of employability events and embedded work-based learning within the curriculum supports students’ personal and career development planning. Through these initiatives, students are increasingly able, as they progress from year to year, to understand the professional environment of their disciplines, the various opportunities available to them, and how to shape their learning according to their ambitions.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, to the standard expected at Level 6, you will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

1. present the development of your design research and production project through a body of work fully resolved to a professional standard;

Cognitive Intellectual Abilities

2. show that you are able to balance your own interests with the needs and requirements of others and evidence this through your project, its planning and recording, and its presentation;

Transferable Skills

3. communicate your work to a professional standard, using the formats and conventions expected in furniture and product design;

Subject Specific Practical Skills

4. demonstrate considered and appropriate choices of material and process, taking practical considerations, human factors, legal and ethical contexts and commercial requirements into account;

Professionalism and values

5. evidence your professional attributes of independence, self-reliance, problem solving, communication, negotiation and engagement with others, critically analysing your own work in a considered ethical context for your practice.

Assessment strategy

You will produce a portfolio submission of 2D and 3D realised artefacts and supporting documentation, produced and presented to a professional standard, that address the module’s learning outcomes. These will be detailed to include a timetable and description of the deliverable items, specified according to the requirements of the individual project agreed.

All work for this module must be well documented and presented for assessment through the portfolio and journals and sketchbooks produced. Submissions may be required to be physical hard copy or digital depending on the requirements of the briefs and outcomes required. Observation of good health and safety practice in workshop environments is required.