Monday, March 28, 2011

Developing a Masters Degree in Design Education

What would a Masters Degree Program in K-12 Design Education look like? It would have three major components:

1. Foundations and Theory of Design Education
2. Design Praxis
3. Design Pedagogy

Students would take an introductory lecture course, Introduction to Design Education, that would introduce them to the design domains, design processes, history of design and design education theory. They will probably have previous design experience but generally in only one area of design. Readings might include works by Nigel Cross, Bryan Lawson, Richard Buchanan, Victor Margolin, etc.

Students would have semester long lab courses in the history, theory and practice of 2D graphic design, 3D product design, 4D spatial design, and 5D experience design. As in the tradition with art teachers, design teachers would be expected to have some knowledge of all the design domains rather than just a specialty in one.

Students would take studio courses to learn design thinking processes like Ideation, Visualization, Prototyping and Implementation.

Students would also take in-depth courses in one or more of the design domains to gain deeper knowledge of at least one area of design.

Students would take courses in methods of design education and have experiences teaching design in K-12 or comparable settings. Many students entering the program will probably already have a teaching license in a field such as art education, technology education, computer science, etc. but those without certification would have to take the steps needed to gain a teaching license in some field.

We are looking for schools interested in starting Graduate Programs in K-12 Design Education including the full range of design domains, theory, practice, and pedagogy. At first there will be few institutions with the depth in both design and education to develop a full program but, in time, these new K-12 Design Education instructors and programs will become more available to teachers interested in Design Education.

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