DesignLab Nation

Suitable for KS3 and KS4, studying design tech or art.

DesignLab Nation is a programme of in-depth projects that explore new ways of engaging secondary school students with design.

Supported by the V&A, Ipswich Museums is working with designers and industry partners on this fully-funded project, which brings schools together with museum educators, practising artists and the Museum’s collections to work on projects.

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During the 2022-23 academic year our theme will be furniture design, with a focus on chair making, taking place at Christchurch Mansion.

Activities include:

  • A trip to the V&A in London.
  • Working with a professional designer who will set a design challenge to the group.
  • Designing and building prototypes and models.
  • Visiting a local maker(s) to see a commercial setting.
  • Presenting their prototypes to a guest panel.
  • Attending a celebration event.

 

DesignLab Nation allows students to:

  • Engage with historical and contemporary design.
  • Work directly with professional artists and designers in an in-depth way.
  • Connect with learning across the curriculum, including STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design and Maths).
  • Develop creativity, skills and knowledge relevant to working in the creative industries.
  • Get advice about different pathways into creative careers.

 

Minimum and maximum group sizes: 20 to 25 pupils.

Adult:Pupil ratio: 1:6

Duration: 285 minutes, 9.30am – 3.15pm

Ipswich Museums

4x Full day sessions

Free

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Resources

Ipswich Museum Risk Assessment

 

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By emailing Lisa.Temple-Cox@colchester.gov.uk

Things to note

All school visits must be booked in advance.

To request an information pack please email Lisa.Temple-Cox@colchester.gov.uk.

DesignLab Nation is open to any state-funded secondary school.

The project is fully funded, so we are able to offer this schools session for free. All materials and travel costs will be covered.

For more information about DesignLab Nation, please visit www.vam.ac.uk/info/designlab.

 

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