Departments / Inclusive Industrial Design
Head of School: Prof. Yeshayahu Nir
Department Chair: Dina Shahar
Department Coordinator: Dganit Dahan
Department Secretary:Sharon Lugasi
Presently the heightened awareness of the dynamics of social fabric is a key factor in the evolution of future products and design. Design has always been an important piece in the puzzle of culture and in the different shades of evolving relevant zeitgeists. With this heightened awareness, it has become clear that understanding the varied needs of people, as users of future products, is a key factor in the success of future business and social strategies. The developing technology making industrial customization possible and cost effective, supports the development of different solutions for the myriad of specific needs of the general public. Inclusive Design uses this technology and social understanding as a means to deal with the markets of the future.
The term Inclusive Design means that all tools, instruments and products - all man made things - should be designed to be used by all people. The clear conclusion of this approach is that designers should not be designing for themselves but instead are representatives of the wider population with varied needs. Therefore understanding different varieties of users is instrumental to the success of a Inclusively designed product. The realization that we all have limitations is central to the idea of Inclusive Design. Some limitations are widely accepted and others are regarded as disabilities. The task of the designer is to aspire to the inclusion of all varieties of users within the functionality of future products as an integral part of every design program. This approach is a key factor in the success of future business strategies.
This program at Hadassah College focuses on Inclusive Design, preparing designers for the future. Courses provide students with tools and skills required to work and succeed in the field of industrial design. Students are required to take specialized courses emphasizing social issues in relation to design and product development.
Graduates will receive an academic degree (B.Des.), which is recognized by the Council of Higher Education.
Duration of Studies
Terms of Admission
Full high school matriculation and psychometric examination calculated together with the department's admission requirements and personal interview.
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Main Fields of Study
- Furniture Design
- Large Series Production Design
- Design and Environment
- History of Art and Design
- Sculpture and Drawing
- Technical Drawing and Computer Planning
- Model Design and Building
- Technology of Materials
- Writing and research
Amongst Fields of Study, Subjects Include:
The courses in this field provide students with the basics of 3D design and ways towards creative work. Throughout the courses, students become familiar with the many fields relating to understanding how the culture of a product is shaped. Students learn theories while gaining practical experience. Creative thinking leads to deep research and to interesting results that develop students' skills as designers.
Inclusive Studio Design
The studio focuses on Inclusive Design and focuses on subjects such as: design for special needs, design of medical equipment, space and its uses and design of products together with organizations that work with populations with special needs.
This course deals with the essence of the structure of products and analysis of the relationship between the perspectives of the semiotic aspects and functional engineering aspects. Students are asked to propose and to test alternatives for different structural characteristics and to defend their proposal with research and experimentation.
This course asks the questions: What is beauty? What is art? What is the difference between beauty in nature and beauty in art? What is the link between art and philosophy? What are the guidelines that deal with aesthetics? What lies between aesthetics and the history of art? In the framework of this course students become familiar with ideas of philosophers from different periods of art, while learning how to relate to them and how to deal with aesthetic issues that guide the designer through all processes of his/her work.
The subject of the course is the 3D object. The course deals with the different cycles of a 3D object in the history of art - from the beginning of the 20th century and to analyze its changing concepts. The goal of this course is to offer an understanding of the language of modern art and to lead to further discussion on the subject of aesthetics, all this while encouraging the student to develop his/her own personal language. This personal language will be developed by maneuvering objects, changing their shape and building stands in different techniques. The course encourages students to open and create thought processes and urge them to research and experiment as they make their way as designers.