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Design2 is an interdisciplinary project under the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (FME) and the Institute of Art and Design (IAD) which will include the consulting participation of students from the Faculty of Health Care Studies (FHCS) and the support of students from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FEE).

The principle of the project is as follows: students work in mixed, competing teams of 3 – 5 students from the 4th year of the Master’s construction programmes at FME and one student from the 3rd year of the Bachelor’s programme at IAD. Teams will be assigned tasks which require a highly independent and responsible approach in a competitive environment and will have to cooperate on a project which surpasses the boundaries of their own study programmes. Students will test their abilities in the short time period of 13 weeks (one semester) in becoming acquainted with the theory and methodology of creative systematic construction and will create a high-quality construction and design product which will pass through examination by experts from this given field of study. Each task will be carried out by a number of mutually competing teams which are made up of 3-4 constructors and 1-2 designers.

Role of partners?
External partners will assign a project to students of the Institute of Art and Design and will then evaluate the achieved results. Through this process, students will implement their design concepts and exchange ideas on designs.
Various other faculties under the university will act as partners and thus the project will support inter-disciplinary and inter-faculty student cooperation.

Why is it needed?
This project is a model of a creative incubator project which helps students learn to communicate, cooperate on a team and increases students’ confidence and reduces friction between them. The project will also help students learn to communicate with potential clients. New ties and teams will be created for the planned Světovar creative incubator project as well.
The innovativeness of the project lies in creating an inter-disciplinary team of students and professors and supports interaction between students.

What are the success factors and challenges?
Students will gain valuable experience through a system which is still very uncommon in the Czech Republic. Students will prepare for practical work situations, and thanks to the Design2 project will be confronted with these realities already during their studies. An improvement could be in the establishment of a true creative incubator which would allow the creation of larger teams for building the base of new, future companies. This would be a creative incubator not only for students, but for prepared, mature graduates. Results of this project would be at a highly professional level.
However, improvements could by made in the financial support for implementing projects and models. We would also like to involve not only Czech companies but companies from the Danube-Elbe Euro-region.

Business name: University of West Bohemia (Institute of Art and Design, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Health Care Studies)
Contact name: Josef Mištera
Address: Univerzitní 22, 301 00 Pilsen
Telephone: +420 724235993
City: Pilsen
Country: Czech Republic
Legal status of Company: University
Number of employees: 2000
Nature of business: education
Name of company collaborating with: Škoda Plzeň, Linet
Title of project: Design2
Dates of activity from: 2007
Activity Theme: Spatial Cross-Collaboration / Inter-faculty cooperation including cooperation with student/interns; product design (machines, tools)

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