A Study of the Relations Between the Demands of the Industry and the Capacity of the Graduated Industrial Designers in Iran
The industrial design has been created in some Iranian universities since 1983. As a new discipline, it faces certain challenges and weaknesses in terms of educational concepts. According to the problem mentioned, exploring the issues of roots is the principal objective of this study. In proportion to the certain restrictions and problems found in the pilot study, such as the gap between heads of companies’ expectations and the requirements of industrial designers, certain types of questions are prepared (for the interview) which are selected for this paper. Fourteen subjects from two separated groups (7 industrial designers working in industry as employees and 7 Department officials ID working in private or public sectors) were voluntarily participated in this cross-sectional study. The sample size is limited because our goal was not to quantify the respondents, but to collect different opinions of designers. So, this study has explored some critical gaps between the needs of education and industries. According to the in-depth interview, the employee designers believe that some changes must be made on credit education and workshops to improve knowledge and skills of students in industrial design, particularly in some important areas such as "innovation", "the capacity of software", "economics" and also "aesthetic concepts”. These data can help Iranian universities in the rearrangement of the credits, the course works and also the workshops. Beside the mentioned results,
this research study helps industries in the evaluation of industrial designers who are looking for opportunities to work.