Priority to drawing
What is important is the way one looks at the object and not the object itself.
At Strate, we give first priority to drawing: it is the essence of the designer’s expression.
During their whole training at Strate, our students practice all artistic techniques with teachers who are also professionals:
Drawing: Analytic Drawing (observation), Perspective, Descriptive Geometry (construction), Sketching (explanation),
Illustration (translation), Life Drawing (expression).
Volume: Modelling (feeling), Sculpture (shaping), Rough Model Creation (showing), Prototyping (making it work, validation).
Culture and History: History of Art (major trends, schools of thought), History of Design (the object in its historical and social context), History of Industry (major benchmarks of industrial conception).
As the writer has its own style, the designer, when drawing, is looking for a sensitive expression reflecting his originality and his personality.Artistic training also develops the command of volume. A designer, according to us, must be able to justify and argue in favour of his choices in terms of shape, proportions, colours…Finally, artistic culture deals with art history, industry history, design and objects history.
A designer has to know the techniques and the methodologies specific to the industry until he can master his own conception and representation tools: Definition, development, fabrication, distribution, maintenance, servicing and recycling of the object.
In addition to the creativity methods, each course (from humanities to drawing and the projects) participates to the creative approach. On a termly basis, various professional designers assign the realization of more and more complicated projects, with specifications concerning more and more areas of design.
Some of these courses are taught in English, by foreign designers. In fifth year, all students take the TOEIC exam (Test Of English for International Communication).