Course detail

Design of Machines and Instruments

FSI-YDEAcad. year: 2023/2024

The subject follows the previous design workshop of industrial design and forms the students to a more comprehensive understanding of design work with overlap in more fields in solving the design of functionally and structurally more complex products. The thematic assignments are focused on the field of industrial interiors and household equipment. A recommended topic is, for example, the design of a domestic gas boiler, fireplace stove, submersible pump or vacuum cleaner. The main output of the thesis is the presentation model of the proposed solution, depending on the type of processed product in a suitable scale, or 1: 1. The students are expected to use the already acquired experience with the Adobe and Rhinoceros 3D programs.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Precondition for the course is to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and overall creative erudition in the previous study. Students have mastered the fundamentals of drawing and modeling. It is also necessary understanding of the basic spatial creation, art composition and realization of three-dimensional models. The proposals need mastery of design solutions for industrial products. Knowledge of program Rhinoceros 3D, Photoshop or CorelDraw is desirable.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Graded course-unit credit requirements: attendance at lessons, handing over assigned projects by the deadline in a sufficient quality. Presentation of an elaborated project. Design and the level of presentation of each project are evaluated separately.
Resulting evaluation consists of evaluations on projects and exclusive tasks. In total it will be possible to aquire 100 points. Resulting classification will be defined by the ECTS scale.
If some of the projects are awarded less than half of the maximum pts., final evaluation of the course is "failed".
According to the article No. 13 of Study and Examination Rules of Brno University of Technology ECTS evaluation degree scale is used. . If some of the projects are awarded less than 50 pts., final evaluation of the course is "failed". The course is evaluated with the following grades: ECTS EVALUATION DEGREES / PTS. RATING / NUMERIC RATING: A / 100 - 90 / 1 / Excellent; B /89 - 80 / 1,5 / Very good; C / 79 - 70 / 2 / Good; D / 69 - 60 / Satisfactory; E / 59 - 50 / Sufficient; F / 49 - 0 / 4 / Failed.
Compulsory attendance at seminars. Education runs according to the week schedule. The way of compensation of missed seminars is specified by the tutor.


The subject is aimed at further development of abilities and creative skills of students to solve more demanding design problems with respect to technical and technological limitations in the design of a real product. Students should be able to design, design and work with a potentially realizable output.
Students will be able to solve elementary and more difficult projects when designing industrial products and to present their work.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

DREYFUSS, Henry. Designing for people. New York: Allworth Press, 2003. ISBN 1581153120.
PELCL, Jiří. Design: od myšlenky k realizaci = from idea to realization. V Praze: Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze, c2012. ISBN 978-80-86863-45-0.
FIELL, Charlotte a Peter FIELL (eds.). Designing the 21st century: design des 21. Jahrhunderts Le design du 21 siécle. Köln: Taschen, c2001. ISBN 3-8228-5883-8.

Recommended reading

MALANIUK, Bohdan. Design v architektuře a stavebnictví: z dějin průmyslového designu. Praha: ČVUT, 1991.
Design trend: evropská revue soudobého designu. Brno: Design centrum České republiky, 2007. ISSN 1210-1591.
FIELL, Charlotte a Peter FIELL. Industrial design. Praha: Slovart, c2003. ISBN 3-8228-2426-7.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-PDS-P Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit


Studio work

104 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


- Project assignment - design of industrial product.
- Problem analysis, acquiring data and information.
- Design sketches, first correction, /clausura project/.
- Next sketches and drafts, model sketches.
- Final version approval, model construction.
- Model construction, 2nd project assignment.
- Model construction, follow-up correction, 2nd project analysis.
- 1st project , 2nd project - sketches and drafts.
- Sketches and drafts to 2nd project, model sketches, /clausura project/.
- The final version approval.
- Model construction, follow-up correction.
- 2nd project completion and submission.
- 2nd project presentation /workshop project/.

- During the semester are assigned 2-3 one-day individual clausura project.