To be honest, I don’t envy teachers who are leading the introduction of Design in their schools. It’s an exciting but daunting time!
I’ve heard quite a few teachers say that making the finished article is a big drawcard for students in Technology Studies and related subjects. It’s true, students who are passionate about fabrication, manufacturing and so on might well be happier in the applied subjects but that doesn’t necessarily mean the pool of potential Design students is a subset of traditional ITD students. I think these two groups overlap but are not identical:
How much overlap of interest is there between the previous syllabuses and Design I can’t say and perhaps we won’t know for several years.
I suspect it may vary depending on the region and the kinds of things students are inspired by.
- if you live in a heavily urbanised location or if you have travelled to a variety of different environments your imagination may be inspired by great architecture, landscapes, interiors, etc.
- if you live in a rural setting you may be more inspired by the ingenuity of people around you ‘making do’ or solving practical, often mechanical problems*
- the internet provides an amazing way of viewing the world so where you live doesn’t necessarily limit your horizons however the internet is primarily a visual experience and even VR can’t match the experience of ‘being there’ so perhaps the ability to inspire is diminished in comparison
I do not for a moment mean to suggest that one set of life experiences is inferior to the other just that the kinds of things that inspire you will be different and these will have an impact on how you might seek to affect the world.
(*I should also add that I know little of small town or rural community living and really don’t know what I’m talking about. Please set me straight!)
I very much hope that Design will attract a wide variety of students, some of which might have been put off by an emphasis on fabrication and making because the creative potential is greater:
Incidentally we’re coming up on exhibition season. If you have the chance to visit any of the end-of-year exhibitions that will be taking place in November it’s probably useful to get some ideas for how final year uni students design without necessarily making the finished article.
I’ll find out the dates, times and locations of upcoming exhibitions and post them in a new thread here. Perhaps we could share photos of designs of interest on this forum for the benefit of teachers who can’t make it to the events themselves? What do you think?