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There are few professions that undergo such fast-paced change as that of designers. That’s why the iF Design Foundation is dedicated in this and in the coming year to the topic of the “Future of Design Education”. In ten hearings lasting several days, it wants to go around the globe with experts from industry, universities of various disciplines and NGOs to describe and discuss a possible picture of the tasks of the designers of the future and the requirements profile for their training and education.
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During the iF design award night in Munich this March, 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 hearings – both developed by Prof. Dr. René Spitz, Professor of Design Science and Communication Management at the Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln (RFH), and the moderator of the conferences. In spring 2021, the findings of all the international hearings and a final conference will be summarized and published in a White Paper.
The first hearing 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.