Orientating Design Education: Implementing an orientation field trip as an introduction to design education

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Orientating Design Education: Implementing an orientation field trip as an introduction to design education

Authors
Publisher
ICSID, Korea Institute of Design Promotion
Keywords
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability
  • Community
  • Interdisciplinary
  • 120101 Architectural Design
  • 120106 Interior Design
  • 130300 Specialist Studies In Education
  • 120399 Design Practice And Management Not Elsewhere Classified
  • Design Education Orientation
  • Curriculum Innovation

Abstract

"Project: Freshwater" is an orientation experience for Built Environment students at the Queensland University of Technology. In the third week of the semester this field trip takes the First Year cohort out of their familiar urban environment and into an extraordinary natural setting for four days in order to facilitate goals of socialisation, enculturation and education. It sets the tone for the whole course, establishing a sense of belonging and group identity amongst the design disciplines (industrial design, architecture and interior design), breaking down traditional staff/student barriers. Students develop an awareness of each other as emerging professionals and an awareness of the cultural diversity and a sense of community possible within the university environment. Through presentation and discussion of the context, structure and content of the programme and it’s five year evolution this paper explores the educational objectives of: the development of visual and verbal communication skills; experiencing design thinking through practical discovery; promoting interdisciplinary thinking and approaches to design; promoting independence in personal and group learning skills; and introducing concepts of enhanced environmental awareness and product life cycles as informers of design intention. The long term impact on students, future plans and suggestions for others thinking of implementing such a programme are discussed.

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