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Taking on Australian industrial design education: current practice and future directions

Taking on Australian industrial design education: current practice and future directions

Year: 2009

Section: EDUCATIONAL CULTURES

Editor: Clarke, A, Ion, W, McMahon, C and Hogarth, P

Author: Trathen, Stephen Douglas; Varadarajan, Soumitri

Section: EDUCATIONAL CULTURES

Pages: 318-323

Abstract

There is much international discussion regarding the role of industrial design in a rapidly changing world. Immediate employment needs can lead to a focus on design skills and knowledge needed today. However, we also need to predict the needs of tomorrow, and recognize that industrial design exists in an increasingly complex environment, with increasing demands for cross-professional links and knowledge. Shifts in practice have required design education to restructure, often as add ons and patchwork solutions and more rarely as brand new programs where the old emphasis upon skills is only faintly seen. Different education institutions, programs and practitioners have responded differently to these challenges and diversity proliferates. University educators find themselves in a period of reflection and renewal with competing factors vying for dominance. While there is no single solution, the authors propose a conceptual model that helps explore the strands in the complexity and construct a way forward that privileges clarity and dialogue.

Keywords: Design future, design education, curriculum

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ds conferenceE&PDE 2009: Engineering and Product Design Education 2009

The 11th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education will be organised by the University of Brighton in Brighton, UK, in partnership with the Design Education Special Interest Group (DESIG) of the Design Society and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). The E&PDE conference will bring together representatives from education and industry who have an interest in developing new approaches and directions in design education. The conference will provide a forum...

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