As part of VIVID Ideas Tractor Design School will be hosting an event on ‘The Future of Design Education’ with a panel of industry experts and they’d like you to join in on the conversation.
Hosted at the MCA the event will take place on T...
Sounds like a great event and one I would love to attend.
What worries me though is designers who aren't qualified in teaching getting too involved. I think trying to determine the future of design education with a good industry knowledge is one thing but knowing how to get the best out of students who develop at different stages is another.
Good point Zack but I don't think you can rely too heavily on just the educators to make these considerations. There has to be industry input. It also makes for a good point about what qualifications are enough and whether they are relevant.
My personal concern is the sustainability of graduates going into the industry. Question 11 of the survey touches on this. There are just far too many graduates being pumped out by educators and it must reach a point where you have to consider what the point about teaching and quality of graduates is if there are no jobs for them to go to.
The profile of the MC of the event (from CATC Design School) illustrates my point perfectly. It states he is **"responsible for 3000 students around Australia"**.
3000 students? I wonder how many of them they expect to realistically find a job. Leaving aside the other thousands of graduates from the the other educators around Australia, you have to wonder if there will be anywhere near those kind of job numbers even over a few years?
I think for it to be sustainable a lot of designers need to start moving overseas, retire or far worse pass away (and quickly). I doubt they are counting on that.
@Zack486 I think the more industry involvement the better - design education is always by it's nature going to be behind the curb. I think design education works best as an apprenticeship /internship sort of model but as @Timbug pointed out there aren't enough positions v graduates. An awesome folio trumps every qualification or certificate regardless.
@Timbug ::it must reach a point where you have to consider what the point about teaching and quality of graduates is if there are no jobs for them to go to:: I guess it's up to the individual rather than the institution to decide this?
I'm not sure, tricky topic, will be an interesting talk.
Education facilities aren't just going to cut numbers because there are too many graduates out there, that would be business suicide. the more graduates, the greater competition, the greater the graduates have to be to get a job, hopefully whittling out designers with either a poor work ethic or lack of skill.
@Theo said it best - it's up to the individual to decide if they're going to work hard enough to be the sort of graduate that will get the best places.
Hi just to clarify with @Timbug who said ::"The profile of the MC of the event (from CATC Design School) illustrates my point perfectly. It states he is "responsible for 3000 students around Australia".::
Well that MC is me and to be fair the 3000 CATC students is made up of 3 different streams (Photoimaging, Interior Design and Graphic Design) who are all doing a Diploma (an entry award) with many of them wanting to learn about Graphic Design but not necessarily become a Graphic Designer. Graphic Designers touch a lot of other industries and many people want to know more about Graphic Design in order to work better with us.
Having said that I think your post has a lot of merit. Along with Simon Pemberton (another design educator) I wrote the questionare precisely to get these sort of questions asked and this sort of debate started. Many of the questions are all stuff the industry and educators have been aware of for many many years. No one likes to talk about it but with everything that is happening in the UK with the Arts I think the Australian design industry should have a strong stance on what it thinks before it becomes political.
I don't know if we will get any answers from this VIVID talk but hopefully it might start a few more conversations and potentially get the Industry and Industry Associations to become more involved in regulating the design schools of Australia.