Course code MākZP015

Credit points 2

Design and Culture

Total Hours in Course80

Independent study hours80

Date of course confirmation16.02.2016

Responsible UnitInstitute of Education and Home Economics

Course developer

author lect.

Inta Paulsone

Mg. paed.

Course abstract

The internship combines observation and design develop methodology. During the design practice students as observers familiarize with the product designer's profession, the work of applied arts studio and cultural centre, learn experience in the management, develop analytical skills.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge: a student knows the theory, types and functions of design creation, understands the significance of the observation skills of the product design process and practical activities at work. A student analyses the work of designer, manager of the applied arts studio and cultural centre and carries out his observation analysis. He/she understands the organization and management and professional standards.
• Skills: a student is able to analyze design samples, products, development concept, to spot and analyze different situations in the design procedur
• Competence: students are able to observe and analyze different situations related to design creation, understand process of the development of product design, are competent to model and organize the development process and documentation.e.

Course Content(Calendar)

Full time intramural studies:
1 Practice course - 2 during the semester.
2 Selection and coordination of the place of practice.
3 Get acquainted with the diversity of design products, types of design
4 Observe and analyze the design, product, development and creation process. Gather the necessary information.
5 To gain insight into the activities of Latvian designers, to analyze the product development process from the perspective of entrepreneurs.
6 Product design and its development process, stages. Evaluation of material and technical base, selection, justification.
7 Capture and evaluate design creation approaches in the chosen company. Artistic, handicraft.
8 Regular consultations with practice managers.
9 Detailed presentation of practice tasks in the practice diary. Develops a practice report in accordance with the requirements.
10 Submitting a practice report to IMI. Practice presentation preparation, report presentation.

Part time extramural studies:

All topics specified for full time studies are accomplished

Requirements for awarding credit points

Evaluation of the representation of practice tasks. Submission of a practice diary to IMI, its evaluation. Evaluation of the report presentation.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Collection of materials about the internship place, internship product design exhibition process, reflection of the work of the designer and the intern.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Evaluation of the presentation of the internship tasks. Submission of the internship diary to IMI, its evaluation. Evaluation of the report presentation. Successfully evaluated practice report and presentation.

Compulsory reading

1.Dizainera profesijas standarts. 2010, 279.-285.lpp. [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 27.07.2021].
2.Fiell C., Fiell P. Designing the 21st Century. Köln: Taschen. 2002.
3. Slack L. What is product design? Switzerland: RotoVision SA, 2006. 256 p.
4. Auziņa-Melnalksne D. Dubrovskis J. No idejas līdz panākumiem. Rīga:
Izdevniecība Lietisķās informācijas dienests 2009. 192 lpp.
5. Hellers R. Prasme pārdot. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 1999. 72 lpp.

Further reading

1. Bū Bergstrems Vizuālā komunikācija. Rīga: sia Jāņa Rozes apgāds, 2009. 240 lpp.
2. Bos B. E. Graphic Design Since 1950. London; New York: Thames& Hudson. 2007.,800 p.
3. Lidwell W., Holden K., Butler J. Universal Principles of Design. Beverly, Massachusetts: Rockport Publisher 2010. 272 p.
4. Aspelund K. The design process. New York: Fairchild Books. 2010. 304 p.
5. Hands D. Vision and values in design management. Switzerland: AVA Book, 2009. 200 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Deko. Rīga: Santa. ISSN 1407-7027
2. Veer Catalog.Free online magazines. Pieejams: http//:www.honkiat. com.
3. Communation Arts. Pieejams: http//


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