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Workload was ok. With double major, I spend more time on my other major.

I only had 2 design courses. I am more busy with my other major - so I don't get much design course. Originally there was

Student suggestion : Course structure

Kristof and Eric's course first. Cesar's course after: learn technique first, apply it practically,

Enjoyed the structure of the course

Last year when took feedback, one of our main feedback was to take 1001 first,

"DESN2001 Material science and engineering (6 credits)

This course addresses the material aspects and underpinning engineering principles of design, and how material science, engineering, and production influence design. Through case studies, demonstrations and applied exercises, students will develop a clear understanding of physical properties of materials, their functions, behavior in manufactured constructions, and inherent processes and construction technologies. Students will explore a conceptual framework for sustainable design, and through a broad-based understanding of the possibilities and limitations of different design materials, will consider how material choices in design are determined by the cultural, sociological, commercial and environmental context. This course will be moved to year 2 and 3 together. It will give you a good solid knowledge. Semester 2 of 2.

I like 1003 sustainable development goals - ties nicely with Cesar's course.

I like Semester 1 : more theory and online. And Semester 2 in person - COVID19 permitting.

Year 3 will have more studio. You need to be more pro-active to reach out to resources, the workshop, the fabrication facilities : FRONTLOAD IT. From the start.


Powerpoints need to be detailed. Recordings and slides as archives are super helpful - if for any reason I have to miss a course. The ability to have all the material after the class is really useful - so I know what I need to do for the week after.

  1. Kristof: recordings are good.
  2. Cesar: slides are good.
  3. Moushine: slides are not so good - not really explaining what the course was about.


Enjoyed the tech: Rhino most of us did not know about it, and will need to use it. I enjoy learning different software. I play with Blender.

Feel like what we have learned was useful

The Grasshopper was very useful. We got internships thanks to this skill.

Weekly assignment, Research

Enjoyed the methodology, ritual, business, citizen science, Intro to new ways of thinking

Weekly checklist was maybe not the best way to support / help to get the progress of the course. β†’ Because the course is super diverse, it "required" a structure. Hence the week-to-week checklist. We'll discuss with Mouhsine how to make it more productive for each of you. We feel it could be more flexible. Maybe EVERY week, is too "rigid".

I tool weekly assignment as check ins. I really enjoyed interacting with clients. Working with a company

We were given assignment, but not really taught how to carry the assignment.

We might have "too much freedom". Setting up the expectations. β†’ Course planner can be super clear, with deliverables with dates and criteria. It's a communication / administration process. Design as a profession is quite "Agile" with shifting deadlines, criteria, especially with experimental / creative work.

Course seems to be put together last minute. The material is outdated. We had classes every Wed and had to hand in Tue afternoon. That's little time.

We have a trifecta: - Student - Client - Teacher as an advisor

And that was good. What did you do. What did you learn. What are you going to do. What help do you need from the teacher. That was clear and productive. Mouhsine was not really teaching, but advising us.

Connect Design 1003 with the other courses.

I feel I dont really use the knowledge from one course to the other

There is no acknowledgment of what we have learned in the past. Some of the readings were repetitive - from what we have learned before. We could have started faster on the project. β†’ with the teachers, we can communicate more to make sure there's not too much overlap - and complement each other rather than repeat.

Space & Tools

We'd love to be in person, in the same space, ideally.

Space is a big issue. Eric is aware of it. Ideally we'd want to be in the same space.

Exchange and summer activities

Programs are cancelling (on the short term)


Many of us are worried to make the first step - make the intro. Reaching into the community. We provide the education, international exchange. But the internship - you should "hunt" for yourself. Of course we're happy to support - just ask. This is part of the learning experience: when you get in the marketplace, that's a skill you'll need. In the years that follow, we'll check which internships that has been most productive. In HK, many of the Architecture firms are pretty big while small design firms may be more experimental. You "attack", we support you.

Some people work in the summer for

  • the money
  • for the experience

The amount of online workshop has exploded. You can probably do internship online!

Portfolio building

We ask you guys feedback on our portfolio. β†’ teachers give feedback.

What type of jobs will I be looking for? What's next?

  • Architecture
  • UX / UI
  • Experience Design
  • Interior
  • Fashion
  • Banking
  • Service, retail
  • Marketing
  • Brand Manager

In the future

Face to face classes

Want to build a community

We need to be more present on social media

International Exchange

Hiring new teachers

New students

Exhibition. Opening next week.

Degree Show

Thomas Tang

We may reach out to you

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