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Educ. Sci. 2019, 9(2), 71; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci9020071

Difference between Learning Basic Form Generation and Automotive Exterior Design

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Department of Industrial Design, College of Design, National United University, 1 Lienda, Miaoli 36003, Taiwan
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Department of Industrial Design, College of Design, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, 123 University Road, Section 3, Douliou, Yunlin 64002, Taiwan
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Received: 15 January 2019 / Revised: 26 March 2019 / Accepted: 1 April 2019 / Published: 6 April 2019
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Abstract

This study explores the correlation between learning about basic form factors and learning automotive exterior design (AED) for the first time. To help beginner AED students learn smoothly, we developed modular courses and proposed to teach basic form generation. Six modular assignments were developed for the courses on Form Theory and Transportation Design, and 22 and 20 students, respectively, completed all the assignments of each course. All students were guided to become familiar with the five form factors: proportion, contour, volume, surface, and detail. According to the student self-assessments and responses for the Form Theory course, students gained a statistically equivalent learning experience of form factors from the four assignments; however, they gained significantly different levels of understanding and confidence. There was also a significant difference in understanding form factors during AED clay modeling. Further, students considered that the last two assignments in the Form Theory course had a significantly stronger relationship with learning AED than the first two assignments did. These findings are conducive to ensuring improvements in the modular courses to help future students begin learning AED. View Full-Text
Keywords: form generation; modular courses; automotive design; design education; industrial design form generation; modular courses; automotive design; design education; industrial design
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Cheng, S.-H.; Ma, Y.-C.; Tseng, W. .-W. Difference between Learning Basic Form Generation and Automotive Exterior Design. Educ. Sci. 2019, 9, 71.

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