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HOME ASSIGNMENTS

All you need to know about the home assignments


We ask everyone who applies for the DAE Bachelor course to make two home assignments. It is one of the main topics of your selection interview; we can talk about your way of thinking and working, your design process and how you approach this kind of assigment. Not only do we want to see what you make, your process towards the end-product is equally interesting to us. 

Make sure to bring your home assignments to your selection day - and don't forget to include photos of your home assignments in your portfolio. 
Portfolio suggestion: if you think you don't have enough 3D work in your portfolio, you could always include a third home assignment. 

The home assignment consists of two parts:

  1. Mandatory small assignment
  2. Choose one of the five big home assignments
     

1st Assignment: Mandatory small assignment for all candidates

ONE EURO
: Well-designed / Poorly-designed
Buy a ‘well designed’ product for 1 Euro and buy a ‘poorly designed’ product for 1 Euro.
You have one minute in total to explain why the products you have chosen are ‘well designed’ or ‘poorly designed’.


2nd Assignment: Choose one of these five big home assignments

1. REMEMBER: Create a memorial ritual for a person close to you
Who is the person you want to design this ritual for? What about his/her characteristics, daily routines, childhood, study, work etc.
When you have finished your research, you design a memorial ritual that fits this person. The design can be very specific (product) or a ceremony.
Present to the admission committee your complete process: your research, your ideas, sketches, steps and choices and of course your final (3D) result.  

2. MINIMAL: Design a series of three products for a minimalist
What do you think as upcoming designer about minimalism? What is minimalism and what can you do with minimalism as designer?
When you have finished your research, you design a series of three products for a minimalist and make a 3D (scale) model of each one of them. 
Present to the admission committee your complete process: your research, your ideas, sketches, steps and choices and of course your final 3D results.  

3. BEHAVIOR: Design a tool to change behavior
Which behavior irritates you? This can be behavior on a small personal scale: your own behavior. Or on a bigger scale: how people behave in public spaces. What specifically is it that annoys you? How can you influence this behavior as a designer? What do you need for that? Design a tool, or a set of tools to change this irritating behavior.
Present to the admission committee your complete process: your research, your ideas, sketches, steps and choices and of course your final 3D result(s).  

4. NEW LIFE: Design a new family of …
What are the specific characteristics of your family, how are they related? Your family is your source of inspiration; explore them, interview them, and give us a peek into the kitchen of your family.
After this research you give birth to a new family of … ? (a family of 3D products, or other expressions; whatever you want!), in which you translate the characteristics of your family. So any kind of products/expressions, as long as the results are related to each other like a family.
Present to the admission committee your complete process: your research, your ideas, sketches, steps and choices and of course your final models. 

5. CARTOON MACHINE: Design a machine for your favorite cartoon character
For which cartoon character do you want to design a machine, and why?  What about his/her role in the cartoon? Which colors are used, which drawing techniques? After your research you translate the characteristics into a (moving) machine.
Present to the admission committee your complete process: your research, your ideas, sketches, steps and choices and of course demonstrate your final working (!) 3D result.  

Good luck and see you at Design Academy Eindhoven in the week of February 27 – March 3, 2017!