REDEFINING THE BACHELORS CURRICULUM IN DESIGN AND MEDIA
DS 88: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE17), Building Community: Design Education for a Sustainable Future, Oslo, Norway, 7 & 8 September 2017
Editor: Berg, Arild; Bohemia, Erik; Buck, Lyndon; Gulden, Tore; Kovacevic, Ahmed; Pavel, Nenad
Author: Sathikh, Peer Mohideen
Institution: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Section: Design Education Practice
Nearly one hundred years after the Bauhaus, design and media education has evolved, keeping up with advances in science and technology, and broader and deeper insights into humanities and social science, from a focused, practice-based study to the dynamic interdisciplinary approach of today. This paper presents the strategy taken by a school of art, design and media, of an established technological university located in Southeast Asia to redefine the six different Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees they are presently offering into two distinct BFAs; BFA Design Art and BFA Media Art. The strategy and the design of the curriculum had to be in such a way that the two new BFAs are attractive to students who want to be a generalist, while offering pathway for those who want to specialize in, say, product design or animation. The paper discusses how the curriculum has been redesigned to be flexible and transdiciplinary while allowing for the BFAs the possibility of getting accreditation from international bodies such as the NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design).The author, who lead the curriculum revision team will share how he conceptualized and rallied the faculty to work out the structure and the key courses and the efforts the team took to present the revision of curriculum to the university’s upper management to get their support and endorsement before getting approval from the Ministry of Education.