Educating the New Wave of Designers

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Design has matured from what has been often considered a style driven industry to an area that deals with solving complex social and technological problems. Creating a design graduate that adds ‘value’ to society in terms of someone who excels at communication across a range of cultures, understands the current climate of innovation and entrepreneurial skills needed whilst at the same time has a solid foundation of skill sets and knowledge in a particular disciplinary area is no easy feat. Many bachelor programs focus on the digital, the material or a combination of both however we believe that the skills most important to be a successful practitioner in today’s economy are a solid grounding in the principles of human-centred design. We believe that a course structure grounded in the principles of human centred design, design research, cross-cultural communication and how to bring solutions to market are key to creating the ‘new wave’ of designers. In this paper we show how to support the cross-facilitation of knowledge and skill sets to enable students to become valuable leaders in the industry.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2017
EventAustralian Council of University Arts & Design Schools Annual Conference - Australian National University School of Art and Design , Canberra , Australia
Duration: 27 Sept 201728 Sept 2017
Conference number: 16


ConferenceAustralian Council of University Arts & Design Schools Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleACUADS 2018
OtherAustralian university art and design schools are facing increasing economic and political challenges. The visible impact of these pressures on the sector is already evident and has been widely discussed. Inevitably, the careers of younger and emerging academics will unfold in a very different environment to their older and more established colleagues. Against the backdrop of this profound change it is important to establish and declare the continuing value to Australia of art and design, and therefore the continuing value of university education and research in those disciplines. This conference explored ‘value’ in all of its manifold senses
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