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The first major project of the iF Design Foundation is dedicated to the topic of "The Future of Design Education". It’s substantial task deals with the question of how the design course must be designed in the future in order not only to keep pace with the changes in the economy and society, but to shape them. With these question in mind, in 2015, the iF Design Foundation decided to undertake research on the current state of design education worldwide. The starting point was a study on the future of design teaching in 2016. This was followed in 2019/2020 by conferences with experts from industry, universities from various disciplines and NGOs in Gmund am Tegernsee (Germany), Pasadena (USA), Kyoto (Japan) and Johannesburg (South Africa). The results of the study and the conferences have now been published by the iF Design Foundation in the whitebook “Designing Design Education” (02/2021).
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After five years of intensive research, the time has finally come – the iF Design Foundation whitebook on the
Future of Design Education has just been published.
During the iF design award night in Munich in March 2019, iF Design Foundation chairman Christoph Böninger talked about the goals of the foundation regarding the future of design education. Listen, why the design education has to change!
How should design education be structured in a way that design graduates can work effectively in the future? To what extent is the current training still applicable – or does it need to go in a completely new direction? If a new type of design college was founded tomorrow, which could fully draw on new sources of inspiration without being restricted by any consideration for old structures – what content and methods would be taught there? A catalog of 80 widely diverse questions based on an international study serves as an inspiration and guideline for the conferences.
The first conference took place from 13 to 15 March 2019 as part of the Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) in cooperation with Cumulus Association, Helsinki.
About 30 experts from the worlds of business, teaching and research shared their assessments and experiences.
The iF Design Foundation’s second discussion round was undertaken in cooperation with the ArtCenter College of Design.
From 17 to 19 October 2019, about 30 participants from the US and Europe met in Pasadena, California.
From 28 to 30 November 2019, the third conference took place in Kyoto - in cooperation withe the Kyoto Institute of Technology.
The discussion covered completely different topics compared to the first two hearings.
Participants from Lebanon, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Dubai and India met in Johannesburg from 23 to 25 February 2020 - in cooperation with the Greenside Design Center.