On Friday 5th September, on a gloriously sunny day on the Falmer campus, we held our very first Open Day of the new academic year to reams of prospective students across the whole School of Engineering and Informatics. These Open Days are a great opportunity to explore the campus and the surrounding areas as well as being an opportunity to meet the faculty and Sussex students. Individual welcome talks to each of the subjects were held across campus, along with tours, question and answer sessions on finances and accommodation and hands on workshops.
One such taster workshop was held with students interested in Product Design, where after an introduction to the subject at Sussex, visitors viewed current and past student work, from concept model making and graphics to technical data, before taking part in a quick 20 minute design challenge involving understanding brands, brainstorming, design reasoning and language and concept communication.
Also on show was one of the raft of new 3D printers for the School, around which an animated discussion took place about how this technology would change the way designers and brands create products and the resulting customer experience, as well as ground-breaking advancements in 3D printing for the biomedical sector… On the Open Day we limited the printing to some small example models however.
Elsewhere in the School, Informatics showcased the department to visitors interested in computing and digital media, with presentations being controlled from the Media Technology Lab gallery – part of two fully equipped digital television studios with broadcast quality facilities used for teaching, whilst Engineering toured the labs and workshops available to students.
And with the next Open Day on 4th October, activities are already being planned for our next event… If you do want to join us, please look here for full details on the next Open Day…
(photos of Product Design by Morten Watkins, photo of Informatics by Dr Phil Watten)