Small craft design in Europe?

Discussion in 'Education' started by aussie_sailing, May 25, 2008.

  1. aussie_sailing
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    aussie_sailing Junior Member

    Hello all,

    I was wondering if anyone could help me. I am seeking a suitable course preferably within Europe but not essential. I graduated from Industrial Design in 2000 from Australia and while working with furniture and exhibitions for some time I now wish to change directions.

    I live in Europe now and am moving to the Netherlands in 6 weeks. My current thought is to consider some thing like the Landing school as I prefer to learn in classroom or hands and it appears to be an intensive course. I do not feel that a correspondence course would be suitable for me.

    Does anyone have any comments on if my ID combined with the Landing School would be good or should one consider a 3 year bachelors course in Marine Eng or Naval Architecture. If so what would be a recommended school.

    My other option is perhaps a Masters program but yet again, which school?

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

    Regards,

    Jo
     
  2. terhohalme
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    terhohalme BEng Boat Technology

    Try Southampton University or Southampton Solent University (was Southampton Institute).
     
  3. Shug
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    Shug Junior Member

    Glasgow and strathclyde university have a department in naval architecture and marine engineering. They offer a degree in Naval Architecture and small craft engineering.
    http://www.na-me.ac.uk/index_2.htm
    No idea on how good it is tho, but maybe worth a look.
     
  4. aussie_sailing
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    aussie_sailing Junior Member

    Westlawn

    Hello and thank you for your replies.

    I have been doing allot of thinking and while my girlfriend has agreed to support us while I study I have to be honest and say that i am very seriously considering Westlawn. That way I would be able to help us financially whist studying. If I was to be extremely motivated and let's be honest if you study correspondence you have to be, the structure of the course does look very good.

    I was thinking of perhaps doing the Light course and then approaching firms as I am already an Industrial Designer for work. Perhaps only on part time basis but you never know.

    My question is simple. Any advice from any Westlawn Graduates?

    Thanks,

    Jo
     
  5. dgerr
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    dgerr Senior Member

    I don’t know how many Westlawn grads visit boatdesgin.net, but you can see what our graduates have to say at:

    Testimonials:
    http://www.westlawn.edu/who/testimonials.asp

    See success stories at:
    http://www.westlawn.edu/who/success.asp

    Alumni gallery at:
    http://www.westlawn.edu/Gallery/Gallery.asp

    You’ll also find a lot of useful information about Westlawn, about Westlawn alumni, and technical articles in Westlawn’s Internet newsletter, The Masthead, at:

    http://www.westlawn.edu/news/index.asp#newsletter

    Dave Gerr, Director
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  6. aussie_sailing
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    aussie_sailing Junior Member

    interllectual Property

    Hello,

    I would like to thank you Dave for your posts throughout the forums.

    I am definitely going to enroll very soon.

    I wanted to ask you however about intellectual property. I have in my past had issues with works that I have done being taken or controlled from institutions. What is the policy of Westlawn regarding this?

    Regards,

    Jo
     
  7. dgerr
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    dgerr Senior Member

    All design work done by Westlawn students is solely and entirely their own intellectual property. No exceptions.

    Dave Gerr, Director
    Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology
    www.westalwn.edu
     
  8. Damien Judd
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    Damien Judd Junior Member

    My 2 cents worth. Get in there and get some experience. A good industrial designer with 8 years experience is already valuable to a yacht design firm or manufacturer. You will learn far more working commercially whilst studying specific subjects on the side. I graduated ID the same year in Aus as you, it worked for me.
     

  9. aussie_sailing
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    aussie_sailing Junior Member

    My concern is of course that my experience is with furniture and exhibition design. Not exactly as far as I can tell that transferable to yacht design.

    I honestly feel that a good grounding in the fundamentals would be very beneficial for my career.
     
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