ECTS Catalogue

Product Design

Pedagogue: prof. dr hab. Jarosław Szymański
Assistant(s): dr Jacek Ryń

Field Description
karta przedmiotu (pdf/doc/odt) lack of data
type of classes Design studio;
course language Polish;
method of learning outcomes verification

The conditions for getting a credit are active participation in lectures, classes, workshops as well as the students' presence. The student is entitled to three absences. It is student's own responsibility to make up for the knowledge and skills missed due to his/her absenteeism.


Minimum requirements for a C Grade

Skills and knowledge from the 1st cycle studies and the fulfillment of the above mentioned elements on the level qualifying students for public presentation at the overview or exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk.


Extended requirements):

- above basic requirements

Correct designing solutions fulfilling preliminary assumptions. A sound knowledge of methodology of designing and work organization, analytical skills, ability to carry out analyses, creating schedules, preparing correct documentation in the area of hand and technical drawing, 3D visualization, necessary for preparing on their basis workshop documentation, as well as conducting preliminary research, required for market recognition. The ability to resolve designing tasks satisfactorily.


Maximum requirements (very good and excellent grade):


- beyond extended requirements


Above average designing solutions fulfilling assumptions and expectations of the end-user. The ability to conduct preparatory work in the area of product specification and designing. Aptitude for analytical thinking and formulating thought in speech and writing. The ability to coordinate work of a team of designers and being able to motivate them. The knowledge and skills allowing team members to present their work before external entities . Designing solutions contributing to sustainable development fulfilling the expectations of the persons and social groups excluded from communities due to lack of satisfactory designing solutions.

subject description

The knowledge acquired during studies should facilitate the fulfillment of their own plans be it of the designing, artistic or social character. It will be important to introduce students to notions connected with product development management beginning with identification and definition of need, through organization of the process of design, to sales. It will be essential to develop the skill of utilizing tools which will facilitate conducting the research helping to define the real needs and expectations of the end user or to formulate directives towards companies doing such research. Development of team-building skills and the ability to coordinate the activities of teams of designers, communication with the specialists of other professions and constructive collaboration with these, based on trust and tolerance. One of the elements of education will be the ability to identify and define the individual and group needs, which due to the scale as well as the financial potential have so far been beyond the area of interest of mass producing concerns. It will be essential to teach students the ability to draw on tradition and culture of a region or the country, structural analysis of objects and phenomena constituting material culture and creative interpretation of those. One cannot underestimate the need for conditioning the student to ask difficult or awkward questions, making judgments based on analyzed materials or contributing to discussions. It will be crucial to develop the ability to formulate one's own assumptions, the ability to wonder, to discover new solutions and avenues of exploration which will form the basis for further education and development.

short subject description

The aim of the course at  product design studio is development of skills gained during 1st cycle studies and preparation of alumni to self-sufficiency within the scope of design, research and business activity.

form of classes

The component elements of grading particular exercises :

The prototype of the solution, documentation on two boards A2 size, showing the process of designing, parts of executory documentation (technical drawings) and photographs of the final solution. One constituent of the presentation on boards is a concise description of the essence of the solution and its characteristic features. The student is obliged to attach a file with components of work: analyses, sketches, notes, and photos from trials. The boards to be submitted in digital form on a CD in the resolution fit for printing and screen resolution together with the previously approved content for the studio’s website.

subject area coverage

Depending on the level of group. From designing a family of objects to solutions aimed at small communities.

evaluation form credit with grading;

Obligatory literature:

Atlas miar człowieka. Dane do projektowania, Warszawa: CIOP 2001.

Dreyfuss H. Associates, The measure of Man & Woman, Revised Edition, New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc. 2002.

Frejlich Cz., Rzeczy pospolite. Polskie wyroby 1899-1999, Olszanica: Bosz art. 2001.

Ginalski J., Liskiewicz M., Seweryn J., Rozwój nowego produktu, Kraków: ASP 1995.

Krupiński J., Wzornictwo/design studium idei, Kraków: ASP 1998.

Maeda J., Prawa prostoty, Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Akademickie i Profesjonalne 2007.

Morris R., Projektowanie produktu, Warszawa: PWN 2009.

Papanek V. Design for the Real Word, Human Ecology and Social Change, Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers 1985.

Sheil B., Design trough making, Architectural Design, Wiley Academy, vol 75, nr 4/2005.

Slack L., Czym jest wzornictwo, Warszawa: ABE Dom Wydawniczy 2007.


 Supplementary literature:

Analiza aplikacji wzornictwa przemysłowego w polskich przedsiębiorstwach, Warszawa: Ministerstwo Gospodarki 2007.

Aries P, Duby G., Historia życia prywatnego, t. 4, Wrocław: Ossolineum 1999.

Best K., Design Managment, AVA Publishing SA 2006.

Bohm F., Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design, Phaidon 2005.

Falkowski A., Marketing i reklama, Gdańsk: Gdańskie Wydawnictwo Psychologiczne 2002.

Grandjean E., Fitting the task to the man, London: Taylor & Francis 1998.

Haller L., Dangel Cullen Ch., Design Secrets: Products 2, Rockport Publisher 2004.

Kopaliński W., Opowieści o rzeczach powszednich, Warszawa: Oficyna Wydawnicza Rytm 2004.

Krupinski J., Intencja i interpretacja, Kraków: ASP 2001.

Lewandowski M. W., Techniczne podstawy wzornictwa przemysłowego, Gdańsk: ASP 2003.

Młodkowski J. Aktywność wizualna człowieka, Warszawa – Łódź: PWN 1998.

Petroski H., The Evolution of Useful Things, New York: A Division House Inc. 1994.

Pogorzelski J., Ewolucja marki. Jak tworzyć marki i zarządzać nimi w XXI wieku, Gliwice: Wydawnictwo Helion 2010.

Rybczyński W. Dom. Krótka historia idei, Gdańsk: Marabut 1996.

Scruton R. Przewodnik po kulturze nowoczesnej, dla inteligentnych, Łódź: Wydawnictwo Thesaurus 2006.

Sudjic D., The Language of Things, London: Penguin Books 2008.

Zarządzanie kreatywnością i innowacją. Harvard Business Essentials, School Publishing Corporation, Harvard Business 2003.

placement/internships (connected with field of study/subject area), artistic plein-airs


entry requirements
formal requirements

Complited first cicle studies

preliminary assumptions

Basic knowlage about designing.

learning outcomes
social competences

-understands the need for lifelong learning, is able to inspire and organise the learning process of other people,


-is capable of combining the acquired knowledge with experience as well as undertaking new and complex project work in an organized way,


- expresses matter-of-fact, balanced opinions judging objects and phenomena,


-possesses basic skills for teamwork management, negotiating, as well as the ability to present complex issues in a simple form


-executes project and artistic work using imagination, intuition, and objective methods of analysis (functional, technological, semantic, social and cultural) in order to achieve a desired effect,


-executes project and artistic work using imagination, intuition, and objective methods of analysis (functional, technological, semantic, social and cultural) in order to achieve a desired effect,


-synthesizes and integrates knowledge from different fields in order to formulate theoretical assumptions of undertaken design work


-works well in a team, communicates with experts from different areas,


-defines and resolves complex designing issues in a chosen area of design


- takes and justifies his/her own designing decisions that have influence on the shape of the solution and is able to predict the implications of these decisions,

W2-U03(A2-U13, A2-U14)

-is capable of presenting his/her designs to public using various techniques and is capable of discussing the results of the presentation

W2-U10(A2-U18, A2-U20)

-knows the methodology of designing, understands the term(s) and conditions of the designing process, is aware of the role of the designer in the process of product development,


- understands the influence of project edition methods and is aware of the role of modeling techniques used in realization as well as documentation of project work on the final result,


-recognises and characterises directions and trends in the art of designing and understands their connection with other domains of contemporary life,


-individually develops knowledge in the area of designing, in the fields of art and material culture, their importance in the society and economy,


-possesses knowledge regarding theoretical and cultural conditions of designing and is able to use this knowledge while realizing projects in chosen areas of the fine arts,

W2-W07(A2-W10, A2-W11)

-knows and understands the constraints stemming from production technology as well the responsibility of the designer and can, while understanding these constraints still be creative,


Studies List

studies status Time<br>[h] ECTS form credit
Design s.3 (en)d 60 12 Exercises 60h
Exercises [E]
Exercises [Z]

Semester 2018/19-WS (Z-winter,L-summer)
Course code: #35.9729