Since 2015 the MEng4 class of Product Design Engineering have engaged in the ‘Retail therapy’ project
as their main Semester 1 project. The aim of the project each year has been to design and make a batch
of giftware products to be sold through art/design retail shops. The first 3 years of the project took
place in collaboration with GSA Enterprises, with the work being offered for sale through the GSA shop.
The Mackintosh fires closed the GSA shop resulting in the 2018 project being hosted by a GSA pop-up in
Princes Square, Glasgow. In 2019, with no GSA retail operation, a new partner was sought, with the
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) shop on Sauchiehall street being utilised for Retail Therapy 5. This
year with C19 playing havoc with the high street, and everything else, it was decided to link up with high
tech companies HP Inc and Autodesk to provide access to cutting edge 3D printing and state of the art
design software. Access to these technologies have allowed the students to continue to design and
make their products which this year span the full spectrum from the hand-crafted to the digitally
printed. With no access to guaranteed high-street retail, the decision was also made to switch sales to
on-line. The sixth PDE Collection consists of products by 24 students each of whom is selling their
products through personal ‘Big Cartel’ shops linked to this web-site.