We have collected examples of typical career paths in the design education at the School of Design.
Institute of Architecture and Design
After a specialist education in Architecture, Architectural Lighting Design, Furniture or Spatial Design, you will have the option of working freelance or to take up an appointment as an architect or designer in design and architectural companies or consultancy companies; as an in-house designer in commercial or manufacturing companies; as a dissemination and exhibition designer, e.g. in museums and organisations; as a design buyer in private and public companies or for charitable and humanitarian organisations. You can also work in highly specialised areas such as colour scheming, lighting planning or product control. There is also the option of a career in teaching and administration, project management or research.
As a designer specialising in Textile Design and concentrating on interiors and architecture, your work will generally involve the design of acoustic solutions, light barriers, upholstery fabrics, floor covering etc. for public institutions, companies, trains and aeroplanes and for private environments In general this specialist area concentrates on light, colour schemes, patterns, materials and proportions.
As a designer specializing in Textile Design and focusing on fashion and clothing, you will develop knowledge about the functional properties of materials for clothing by investigating the surfaces, finishing, durability, colour fastness etc. of materials. As well as working as a product developer of materials, you could also work in trend analysis or as a stylist.
Institute of Visual Design
As a designer specialising in Visual Communication you can enter a wide variety of fields in both private and public companies. You can generally expect to work in areas such as: graphic design; advertising and communications; identity and design strategy; web design; and information design.
As a designer specialising in Production Design you can work in many different types of live media, either as a permanent staff member or as a freelancer. You might work in film, advertising and television production companies, or in computer games, animation, gaming and shorts, children’s and young people’s television, interactive entertainment and much more. You could work in special effects, virtual design, props, model making, concepts, storyboards, animation films and motion graphics or specialist areas, such as character design or costumes. “Production designer” is a relatively new title, so you will help to define the job description
An education in Games and Interaction Design provides you with many job opportunities in an industry, which is constantly growing and developing, with a large interface, where there is a need for both all-rounders and specialists. By specialising in interaction design, you can seek employment in areas such as interaction design, design of applications and mobile services, web and service design, concept development, communication design, experience design, consultancy and project management. By specialising in game design, you can work in any area of design, which requires expertise in digital graphics, graphic user interfaces (GUI) and interaction design, and aim at the many employment opportunities available in the industry’s smaller companies, or within the larger game development companies, as Game Artist, Concept Artist or Game Designer, with the opportunity for promotion to Art Director or Game Director. Some students find employment in classic, medium-sized game companies. But employment opportunities in smaller companies, which work with differentiated products, are on the rise.
Institute of Product Design
We aim to train students for employment in design practices and in production companies and public enterprises. We also aim to educate designers, who can create innovation and economic and cultural growth in society: graduates with business heads on their shoulders, who are prepared to work in their professional fields: as employees, as leaders, as freelancers, as consultants and advisors; or in terms of starting up their own companies.