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New Perspectives on Design Education in Latin America: A Case Study from ICESI

New Perspectives on Design Education in Latin America: A Case Study from ICESI

Year: 2010

Section: REFLECTIONS AND STANDS

Editor: Boks W; Ion, W; McMahon, C and Parkinson B

Author: Betancourt Velasco, Maria Clara

Section: REFLECTIONS AND STANDS

Pages: 48-53

Abstract

This paper illustrates the current state of design in Latin America, considering the main actors of
design: state, enterprises and universities/academia. For the writing of this document different surveys
-made by public institutions and private universities- were analyzed, so as to better understand the
context and therefore being able to evaluate and reformulate the plan of studies of industrial design at
the Icesi University. This new approach responds to the concept of competency-based curricula. The
results of this evaluation and the preliminary proposal enabled us to confirm some characteristics
regarding the interdisciplinarity of the program, the focus on design management and also allowed us
to reinforce aspects related to strategic design, design thinking and innovation. At the same time, new
strategies are being developed based on the active participation of other entities within the education
process. In addition to that a new academic unit has been created with the purpose of generating
knowledge in design and strengthening the university/academia-private sector-state relationship. This
scheme strives for use-oriented research connected to the pedagogic model, pursuing more
applications and benefits for the private sector in this part of the world.

Keywords: Interdisciplinarity, competencies, strategic design, design thinking, innovation

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