Homeware: Digital Design

Learn how to use digital print and a heat press to create your own colourful placemats and coasters. Suitable for beginners but Photoshop knowledge preferred.

Who is this course for

This is an introductory course open to all students who are interested in printing digital designs onto homeware products such as mugs, coasters or placemats. No previous experience necessary but some understanding of Photoshop is preferred.
This course is suitable for creative students who are interested in digital printing, students who have studied textiles, graphics or art and students who have design ideas that they want to develop into products. It is also suitable for designer makers who want to sample a product idea.

What does this course cover

The aim of the course is to develop a design that can be printing on to a home ware product including a mug, coaster or placemat.
As this is a very short taster course, students will be encouraged to bring design ideas and images on paper or in a digital format. These would preferably be a good quality photograph, drawing or painting, but could also include colours, textures and inspiration. Arriving prepared will help students achieve more during the course.

We will explore the ideas as a group, and advice will be give about how to develop the digital design and which product to use, through group discussion, visual demonstration and step by step instruction. The design will be scanned into Photoshop and students will develop their ideas on Laptops and computers with support.
The design will then be put into a template for the chosen product and students will print a mug, coaster or placemat sample in the studio sublimation printing. Students should be able to print more than one product or design by the end of the day.

By the end of the course students should be able to complete a basic design and have a digitally printed product sample. They will also have a basic idea of how to create a design and print it.

What will it be like

This is a practical course, where students will be taught techniques using examples, demonstrations and step by step instructions.
The tutor will set clear projects to complete using visual and verbal instruction. She will give one to one support where needed and individual advice throughout the session. She will assess your progress through the work produced.

What else do you need to buy or do

As this is a very short taster course, students will be expected bring design ideas and images on paper or in a digital format. These would preferably be a good quality photograph, drawing or painting, but could also include colours, textures and inspiration.
Please bring a USB stick to save the final digital design.

What this course could lead to

The course can lead to studying different techniques that complement the course at The Mary Ward Centre - including Textiles, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Painting, Photography and Computer aided design etc.
Beginner students can move on to our full course: Digital textile Print - Introduction. Advanced students can move on to the full course in this subject: Digital print - Products.
Students could also attend other courses at different venues in the community

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff, and a half-hour guidance interview can be arranged for you.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites: floodlight.co.uk; hotcourses.com

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Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

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