The Future of Industrial Design Higher Education Driven by Models of Design Thinking and Reasoning

DS 74: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Antwerp, Belguim, 06-07.9.2012

Year: 2012
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Liem, Andre; Sigurjonsson, Johannes B.
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Section: New Design Education Paradigms
Page(s): 387-392
ISBN: 978-1-904670-36-0


This conceptual paper argues that the future of industrial design education is determined by the ability of design programs to consciously position themselves according to higher education trends. Whether a design program chooses to be part of a scholarly University, or practice-oriented higher education system, depends on the choice of design thinking models and related processes and methods to be taught, researched and practiced. From a design thinking perspective, it can be argued that a positivistic approach towards problem solving is a typical trait of design programs, which have subjected themselves to a University system of research and education. These programs advocate problem solving and participative models of design thinking. Design programs, who are part of a practice-oriented higher education system, tend to support the reflective and hermeneutic design thinking approaches towards designing. However, a common dedication of faculty members towards mentorship and scholarship being able to promote learning and inquiry from a theoretical, collaborative and process perspective is also important, irrelevant what strategy has been adopted.

Keywords: Design school, higher education, models of design thinking and reasoning


Please sign in to your account

This site uses cookies and other tracking technologies to assist with navigation and your ability to provide feedback, analyse your use of our products and services, assist with our promotional and marketing efforts, and provide content from third parties. Privacy Policy.