Education: Design studios

Education: Design studios


Departments in further and higher education are now usually grouped in larger units (e.g. faculties) so that resources can be shared with related disciplines. The layout of any studio is conditioned by type of work being undertaken and type of supervision required. A selection from the following specialist facilities is a likely requirement:
   Drawing and painting: fine art.
   Graphic design
   Ceramics; sculpture.
   Media studies: video and film.
   Industrial design: engineering.
   Furniture and interior design.
   Theatre and television design.
   Silver and jewellery: metalworking
   Textile design, both print and weave w stained glass. (See also sections on Schools, Cinemas, Theatres, and Laboratories. Music and drama facilities are not considered here.)

Schedule of accommodation Will generally include:
   Design studio and display areas.
   Technical workshop(s).
   Admin office.

Design studios

General requirements

These should be next to appropriate workrooms or workshops and the exclusion of noise and dust should be considered. Storage is needed for large drawings, models, reference books and clothes/protective equipment; lockers should be included, together with equipment for copying drawings and documents, although the latter may be centralised.

Good lighting is essential, both natural and artificial. Rooflights may provide ancillary light; all windows should be fitted with some form of daylight control (e.g. blinds) to prevent glare and possible damage to materials or colours. All surfaces should be durable and easy to clean.

Display space

Traditionally in the studio area, nowadays this space can be varied to include lecture theatres, halls, corridors and entry areas. Note that some specialist display areas will still be required (eg for models, which are often fragile, or film and video, which require low light levels or blackout facilities and additional power supplies etc.).

Fine art studios

Studios for painting and sculpture require large areas. They must have good natural daylight, with high-level windows equal to at least 25-33% of the floor area, and with north or east aspect.

2 Gardner Centre for the Arts, University of Sussex (Arch: John S Bonnington Partnership, formerly Sir Basil Spence Bonnington & Collins)

1 entrance; 2 seminor rooms; 3 WC(M); 4 WC(F); 5 boiler roam; 6 plant roam; 7 lift; 8 graphic design studio; 9 WC(dis); 10 interior design studio; 1 1 librav; 12 staff room; 13 terrace
Design studios, Surrey Institute of Art and Design,
Farnham, Surrey (Arch: Nick Evans Architects) 

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