BA(hons) Three Dimensional Design [Idea Material Object], otherwise known as IMO, is an experimental design programme that seeks to explore ideas through objects, spaces and experiences.
Creativity comes in many different forms and is often separated into categories such as ‘art’, ‘design’, or ‘craft’. IMO looks at all of these areas [and many others] as sources of inspiration - intentionally interlinking and overlapping between them.
The course develops, and elaborates upon, each student’s personal map of overlaying fascinations. Over the three-year programme, students hone their design process and develop the skills to turn abstract ideas into physical outcomes.
IMO is a course for ambitious students who are driven to experiment, to question, to adventure, to blur, to break and to reinvent.
IMO focuses on developing each students own design methodology, resulting in a challenging and diverse collection of outputs.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
We recommend that applicants undertake a pre-degree foundation diploma in Art and Design. However if applying with A-Levels only, a total of 260 points (with a grade B in an Art and Design related subject) is expected, supported by a high quality portfolio. Applicants applying with a BTEC Extended Diploma are expected to achieve an overall Merit grade (Merit, Merit, Merit).
For all applicants an offer of a place will be made following a successful portfolio review and interview.
Year 1 is a broad experimental year, you will be introduced to the schools workshops and encouraged to develop your making skills. We cover drawing techniques and model making, as well as an introduction to digital programmes such as Illustrator and Photoshop. During the first year you will also be introduced to design thinking, concept generation and how to translate your abstract thoughts into physical outputs.
Year 2 builds upon your making skills as you begin to focus more deeply on the areas that naturally appeal to your design approach. This year further defines your interests and identifies potential career paths while you gain an understanding of where you sit in this enormous world of creative industries. You will work with live clients and undertake a work experience relevant to your ambitions. The year ends with a personal project that prepares you for your final year.
Year 3 is focused on your professional future. You will learn to write project briefs that allow you to explore ideas in a way that strengthens your own interests. The year develops your professional profile through an external exhibition, preparing you for the degree show and graduation. You will have portfolio sessions as well as talks about life after University; covering subjects such as how to write press releases, approach companies, present concepts and research opportunities that fit your particular design approach.
We expect our graduates to shape their individual career paths as they enter the ever changing future of interdisciplinary design, with some graduates becoming designer-makers, artists, in-house designers, gallery owners, curators, entrepreneurs, critics and equipped to create new and as yet undefined possibilities. We have strong contacts with both the Crafts Council, Design Council and design professionals working in fields as broad as food design, art direction, product development and small batch production.
As well as continuing to exhibit work throughout their studies, our students have also been very successful at the graduate design show, New Designers.
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