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Design Education

Pavithra Baskaran
June 15, 2020
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Design education has come under fire. Its value and rationality are in question and rightly so. The design industry is going through seismic shifts. But as designers, shifting a perspective can reveal great insights. Instead of seeing the importance of design education in terms of job preparedness for a recent graduate, we also consider how a degree can build some basic foundation for creativeness, impact, and ambition. Education’s major role is to plant the seeds to achieve greatness. Well, DOT school of design is processed by the belief that by providing students with a project-based, internship-oriented curriculum, they are empowered to become great and responsible designers who work towards a better tomorrow.

Design thinking is about how we use our minds to solve a problem. Design education in addition involves teaching students the talents of design thinking and preparing them to become great in their respective fields. Students start by taking a problem and understanding the nuances of it and then brainstorming possible solutions, then finally prototyping new products and experiences. With this approach, students are ready to make something great that has the potential to vary the planet.

Design thinking educates us with the fashionable age skills that students got to succeed. Success today relies on an innovative way of thinking, and that’s exactly what design thinking can teach students. Design is going through a great stage of change for the last decade, but design education and more specifically design educators haven’t maintained these transformations. As a result, design students still learn outdated methods and techniques. A designer needs to understand the processes, methods, and mediums of design respectively. At all of these levels, the process is the same, as the methods may change slightly and the medium also differs dramatically.
Some of the top design institutes in India are,

  • IIT, Bombay, Guwahati, Jabalpur
  • National Institute of design, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Banglore.
  • National Institute of fashion technology
  • CEPT university
  • Footwear design and development institute
  • Symbiosis college of design
  • Srishti Institute of art, design, and technology. 8. School of fashion technology
  • All India Council for technical education.
  • United world institute of design
  • ARCH college of design and business
  • Pearl academy of design
  • Indian Institute of art and design
  • Northern India institute of fashion technology 15. DOT school of design
  • MIT Institute of Design
  • Triveni Devi Bhalotia college
  • Whistling woods international
  • Woxsen school of art and design.

And some major top design institutions overseas are

  • Royal college of art, London
  • University of the arts, London
  • Parsons School of Design at the new school
  • Rhode island school of design
  • Massachusetts Institute of technology
  • School of the art institute of Chicago [SAIC]
  • Aalto university
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • Pratt institute
  • Glasgow School of art [GSA].

For the students who are interested in entering design, he/she should develop the skill set and problem-solving ability required to crack the exam and enter into the top design institutes in India. Some of the basic skills that the candidate should develop are visualization, observation, awareness, aptitude, visual representation, and problem-solving. To attain excellence in your entrance exams, D school is the best platform for the creative and design enthusiasts to find a career path in any design field. D school offers design thinking programs for school students, college students, working professionals, corporates in any filed to explore their cognitive and creative insights

Without expertise in mediums, a designer is only able to facilitate what others do, they become a means or a manager, a step-in communication, repeating existing content without adding value. This makes such an individual easily replaceable.

Design education usually places stress on medium, mostly at the expense of methods and processes. Students get to learn a process, but they quite often learn without comprehending. Without understanding the planning process, design students cannot understand a design problem, or the way to add constraints so as to shape the matter into something that is manageable. We need to find a way to educate the future designers, helping them with a firmer grasp of the design processes and a variety of methods, in other words, comprehensive expertise of a medium.

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