University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant)

Automotive & Transport Design (Swansea College of Art)

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Course summary

The BA Automotive and Transport Design have been designed to facilitate the development of a designer through the replication of a professional environment, encouraging graduates to approach the design challenge in the same way as a professional automotive designer. Our graduates will be able to generate ideas around engineering packages, set new trends in terms of design language and learn about proportions. Link a particular design to a brand, imagine the mobility of the future in the most efficient, sustainable and attractive way, design forms of transport with an ‘inside out’ approach and most importantly translate a drawing into reality.

Course details


Year One – Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BA) • 3D CAD & Visualisation (20 credits; compulsory) • Automotive Design Techniques 1 (20 credits; compulsory) • Automotive Design Techniques 2 (20 credits; compulsory) • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Vehicle Technology (20 credits; compulsory). Year Two – Level 5 (Dip HE & BA) • Advanced Automotive Surfacing (20 credits; compulsory) • Advanced Digital Visualisation (20 credits; compulsory) • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Professional Practice 1 (20 credits; compulsory) • Professional Practice 2 (20 credits; compulsory). Year Three – Level 6 (BA) • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module). • Individual Major Project (60 credits; compulsory) • Major Project: Design Research (20 credits; compulsory).

Assessment method

Assessment is carried out through coursework, both written and practical. There are no exams on this course. Students are formatively assessed throughout a module, summative assessment takes place at the end of a module. A variety of teaching and learning methods are used throughout the course which include amongst others; Informal Tutorials These tutorials are held on a regular basis, across all levels. In Year 1 each student sees and discusses his / her work with a member of staff at each studio session, likewise in Year 2. Third and fourth year students tend to work more independently and sign up for tutorial when she/he feels the need arises. However, as a team we ensure that every student in Year 3 is seen by at least one member of the academic staff each week. We pride ourselves on the fact that there is the opportunity to see staff as regularly as you may require. Formal Tutorials These are held twice a term with at least two members of staff. The work is discussed, practical and conceptual development, future intentions of the student etc. It is an opportunity for any issues/concerns by either party, to be raised. A written account of the tutorial is duplicated, one copy kept by the student the other stored in his / her records file. Group critiques These are held on a regular basis, across all levels, with one member of staff. They provide an excellent opportunity for students to share and exchange ideas with their peers in a structured manner in addition to valuable input from staff. Informal & Formal presentations The nature of the presentations varies according to the level: in Year 1 informal presentations are introduced halfway through the first semester in order to help students gain confidence in talking about their work to their peers and staff it is also usually part of the assessment at the end of each project. 2nd-year students are expected to give a Formal Presentation as part of their Professional Practice & Group Design Module and at the end of the year as part of their Major project. In Year 3 a Formal Presentation is part of the final assessment at the Degree Show Exhibiting work Again the nature of this varies within the context of the projects, the work to be assessed and the stage of the programme – it can range in formality from a public venue to the individual student’s desk space.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1

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Automotive & Transport Design (Swansea College of Art) at University of Wales Trinity Saint David - UCAS