Course detail

Advanced Materials in Design

FSI-YAMAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course focuses on the use of modern, nontraditional materials in the field of industrial design and on their properties. Students will be able to apply advanced materials because of their advantageous physical properties, which will create original inventive designs with new aesthetic and functional properties.
The aim of the subject is to master work with materials in industrial design, to use progressive properties and to deepen the perception of language of materials such as structure, surface, color and sensory properties. Material analysis of products, especially the material composition of individual components, will increase student awareness of the product lifecycle.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

- The knowledge of current and advanced materials.
- The ability of environmental impact analysis.
- The ability to identify the ecological aspects of design work.


Basic knowledge of material properties, logical thinking and knowledge of work with PC is assumed.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Intro to Life Cycle Analysis, 2012. MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology [online]. Cambridge: MIT [cit. 2017-10-26]. Dostupné z: (EN)
ASHBY, M. F. a David R. H. JONES, 2013. Engineering materials 2: an introduction to microstructures and processing. Fourth edition. Amsterdam: Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN 978-008-0966-687. (EN)
SOPHIE HALLSTEDT., 2008. A foundation for sustainable product development. Karlskrona: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Blekinge Institute of Technology. ISBN 978-917-2951-365. (EN)
ASHBY, M. F., c2009. Materials and the environment: eco-informed material choice. Burlington: Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN 978-1-85617-608-8. (EN)
GILES F. CARTER AND DONALD E. PAUL., 1991. Materials science. Materials Park, Ohio: ASM International. ISBN 978-161-5039-845. (EN)
BEY, Niky, 2000. The Oil Point Method - A tool for indicative environmental evaluation in material and process selection. Lyngby, Denmark. Dizertační práce. Technical University of Denmark. (EN)
KULA, Daniel, Elodie TERNAUX a Quentin HIRSINGER. c2012. Materiology: průvodce světem materiálů a technologií pro architekty a designéry. Praha: Happy Materials. ISBN 978-80-260-0538-4 (CS)
Směrnice Evropského parlamentu a Rady 2009/125/ES, 2009. EUR-Lex - Access to European Union law - choose your language [online]. [cit. 2017-10-27]. Dostupné z: (CS)
MateriO’ | the material library your projects deserve [online]. 2016. Paris: materiO’ [cit. 2016-10-20]. Dostupné z: (EN)
ISO 14044:2006: Environmental management -- Life cycle assessment -- Requirements and guidelines, 2006. Switzerland: International Organization for Standardization (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course takes the form of lectures and seminars. The lectures provide students with the necessary information about the subject, which is then used practically in the following seminars.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The classified credit is conditioned by: compulsory attendance at the seminars at scheduled hours, consultation with the supervisor according to individual terms. The correctness and the procedure for calculating the environmental impacts of the product, the appropriate choice and application of the design materials, the quality of the individual work stages (sketches, variants, working models, visualizations, variants of the final presentation poster, etc.), the submission of assigned outputs within specified deadlines are evaluated. The final evaluation consists of evaluation of individual projects. A total of up to 100 points can be earned.
The resulting classification is determined by the ECTS scale.

A / 100-90 / 1 / excellent
B / 89-80 / 1.5 / very good
C / 79-70 / 2 / good
D / 69-60 / 2.5 / satisfactory
E / 59-50 / 3 / sufficient
F / 49-0 / 4 / fail.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Students will be acquainted with the overview and technologies of production of advanced materials, but especially with the potential benefit of their applications in industrial design. Students will be able to analyze material composition of products and work with tools for environmental impact assessment.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Compulsory attendance at seminars. Education runs according to the week schedule. The way of compensation of missed seminars is specified by the tutor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-PDS-P Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


- Introduction to problems, familiarization with the environmental significance of advanced materials, standards and regulations.
- Production options (injection molding, 3D printing, bending, ...).
- Material analysis of selected products with subsequent product lifecycle processing.
- Polymers (meaning, properties, use).
- Composites (meaning, properties, use).
- Metals (meaning, properties, use).
- Glass (meaning, properties, use).
- Textile materials (meaning, properties, use).
- Concrete and ceramics (meaning, properties, use).
- Recycled and multi-circular materials (meaning, properties, uses).
- Interactive materials (meaning, properties, use).
- Bonding of semi-finished products (meaning, properties, use).
- Potential of products using non-traditional materials.

Studio work

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


- Introduction to the workshops.
- Get familiar with eco-design tools.
- Assessment of material composition of current products, subsequent product life cycle analysis.
- Design concept from advanced materials.
- Product Design of Advanced Materials.
- Design concept from advanced materials, credit test.
- Design of advanced materials products.
- Product Design of Advanced Materials.
- Design of advanced materials products.
- Oral presentation of assigned tasks students.
- Credit test, product life cycle analysis of the product.