Get a Taste of the Royal College of Art at Dubai Design Week

During Dubai Design Week this October, tutors from the Royal College of Art will run taster courses in Interior Design, Design Products and Curating. Each taster course – designed for both students and professionals – will provide a glimpse into the RCA’s unique, world-class teaching methods and will encourage the critical design thinking that is a mainstay of the teaching in the School of Architecture and Design at the RCA.

Available at a subsidised rate thanks to Dubai Design Week in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), these courses are part of a six-day programme of design-dedicated events, which include a series of curated exhibitions, installations, talks and workshops and the trade show Downtown Design.

Dr Harriet Harriss (Senior Tutor in Interior Design) will present a one-day taster course focusing on interior design pop-ups. Exploring the past, present and future of these pop-ups, this taster course will also examine the work of established designers as well as recent RCA Interior Design graduates, some of whom are exhibiting their globally renowned refugee wearable shelter project in the Dubai Global Grad Show. Participants in this interior design taster course will be invited to engage in a one-day ‘hackathon’, and work in teams to come up with solutions to spatial challenges.

Senior Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies Martina Margetts – who as well as teaching at the RCA, is a leading international specialist in craft and design – will run a one-day workshop on curating design exhibitions. Margetts’s taster course will include an introduction to the topic as well as a series of small, practical exercises exploring the key stages in curatorial practice: theme, selection, location, budget, display, interpretation, audience and publicity. Margetts has curated major exhibitions in the USA, Asia and the UK – most recently Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the Art of Design for the Design Museum, London.

Tim Rundle, an industrial designer and Tutor in Design Products at the RCA, will lead a one-day workshop in which participants will learn how advances in manufacturing technology have influenced product design. The day will culminate in a workshop in which participants will develop some of the most important tools in a designer’s arsenal: hand drawing and sketch-model making.

Elsewhere at Dubai Design Week, RCA graduates from programmes including Innovation Design Engineering, Interior Design, Service Design and Design Products will be exhibiting their work in the Global Grad Show (24–9 October 2016) – a unique event that brings together work by students from across the world in a single exhibition, allowing emerging designers to meet one another and to share knowledge and ideas.


Dubai Design Week runs from 24 to 29 October 2016.

The RCA taster courses at Dubai Design Week will take place on Tuesday 25 October, Wednesday 26 October and Thursday 27 October. For information on admittance and opening hours, and for more information about the courses, visit the Dubai Design Week website.

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