Design education in the UK: The students speak
Sun, Q 2012, 'Design education in the UK: The students speak' , Design Management Review, 23 (4) , pp. 36-45.
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As a topic, design education is usually the province of academics and researchers. We also see a large number of articles by design practitioners commenting on various aspects of design education. New graduates’ voices, however, are heard less often. They’re busy looking for work! However, their perspective as they enter employment is critical if we want to understand the concerns and consequences of our practice for both education and industry. Even more important is an insight into the reasons for the perspective of new graduates. This article presents some key debates drawn from student reflections, focusing particularly on the employment situation in the UK’s design industry. What can design graduates ex¬pect? Is it true that the inexperienced are educating the inexperienced? Does a false apprehension of the reality of pursuing a career in design contribute to an oversupply of design graduates? This article does not aim to propose a solution to these issues. Rather, it seeks to elaborate on the context in which they occur. It suggests that breaking down the “cottage industry” mindset and developing a collaboration model with international partners, based on mutual benefits, is the only way forward.
|Themes:||Memory, Text and Place|
|Schools:||Schools > School of Arts & Media
Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
|Journal or Publication Title:||Design Management Review|
|Funders:||Non funded research|
|Depositing User:||Dr Qian Sun|
|Date Deposited:||28 Feb 2013 10:04|
|Last Modified:||30 Nov 2015 23:35|
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