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Value of design competencies within an outcomes-based education

Mousavihejazi, Bahar and Borja de Mozota, Brigitte (2015) Value of design competencies within an outcomes-based education. In: 11th European Academy of Design Conference, 22-24 Apr 2015, Boulogne Billancourt, France.

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Abstract

What should we teach to the designers of the future so they can embrace
complexity by developing forms that are creative and human, and consider the
different aspects of life in a changing world? What are the specific learning
outcomes that should be formulated in the planning of a design curriculum?
What are the most important design competencies that should be considered in
this process? How would design competencies add value to design education? In
this paper, we intend to study the value of design competencies within an
Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) curriculum framework by understanding the
interconnections between design competencies and their related learning
outcomes. In this order, we first determine design competencies and subcompetencies
as “the proven abilities to use knowledge, skills and personal,
social and/or methodological abilities, in work or study situations and in
professional and personal development” (Savic & Kashef 2013, p. 990). Then we
revisit the definition of design as a profession in the 21st century by a
comparative analysis of designers’ perception of their own knowledge, skills and
attitudes acquired through their education and applied within their design
practice. Finally, we will discuss a new model of design competencies, which
would enable educators to articulate practice-based learning outcomes that will
in turn enhance the value of design education in the new era.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Value, designer skills, competencies, design profession, learning outcomes, creativity, outcomes-based education, design education
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2017 15:43
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2017 02:18
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1897

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