The course is taught at the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture, one of the leading art and design institutions in Europe. Our teaching is guided by two principles: that our students learn by the process of making; and that students are critical practitioners who contribute to the development of the subject areas.
Many of the staff in the Faculty are current practitioners and have extensive experience and professional links, helping you to develop your skills, networks and gain access to industry contacts.
Philip Davies is a designer, practitioner and researcher with a background in industrial design, consumer products and furniture. Formerly a graduate from the Royal College of Art and lead designer at IDEO London, he continues runs his own design consultancy. After graduation he worked in London and California firstly for Moggeridge Associates and then IDEO. As principle designer he was responsible for a dynamic range of projects and products including more than 30 consumer products that reached market. His furniture designs included the award winning Steelcase 1+1 office system sold across Europe together with the Steelcase "moving" furniture research project that won an IDSA Business Week award.
Consumer work included products for Ford: car radios and in car entertainment products; Samsung: TVs and accessories; telephones for Motorola, Avaya and Orange (EE) and Tefal: graphic designs for their trade mark "thermospot" mark.
Special one-off projects included designing the Commonwealth Games Baton for the Queens Jubilee games. Private consultancy work has included industrial products for BOC Edwards and a waterless Egg Cooker (invented by James Seddon) that appeared on the Dragon's Den TV programme.
Philip began teaching in 2005 whilst continuing his consultancy work. He has lectured and taught extensively including the University of Plymouth, UCA Farnham, UCA Rochester and Minneapolis College of Art &Design.
He became course director in 2013 and continues to run his own practice alongside his academic roles.
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