Friday, May 15, 2009

A Model for Design Education for Your City and State

The Visioneer Design Challenge put on by the Wisconsin Art Education Association is a model that can be used in your school, city and state to promote greater attention to design education in schools.

The Visioneer Design Challenge uses several strategies that can be implemented wherever you are. The events in the design competition are created and judged by volunteer professionals from the design community so you don't need to know about all these areas yourself. Designers serve as mentors to help students (and their teachers) who haven't been exposed to design before, learn some of the basic concepts and skills of design. The competition is the "tail that wags the dog" by encouraging teachers to include more design education in their curriculum in order to meet the challenges in the competition. The competition itself, since it includes many areas of design, provides an excellent outline for a comprehensive design curriculum. Becoming a Visioneer and joining the Design Challenge is a great motivator for students and generates parent, administrator and community support for you program.

Click on the heading above to see the 2009 prospectus for the Visioneer Design Challenge. It is a template and model with all the details you need to hold a similar event in your school, city and state. Just take it and adapt it to your situation. There are sample registration forms, descriptions of design challenges, rules for entry - everything you need to get started.

Contact Rayala@Kutztown.edu if you would like some help in starting an event like this in your area. When you run into a reason why this won't work for your situation give us a call (215-964-2027) and we can help you come up with a solution.

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