Top Future Skills in Cross-Disciplinary Design Education


Cross-disciplinary education is increasing in popularity. According to the World Economic Forum report, 'The Future of Jobs', the top skills in the future will be complex problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity (World Economic Forum, 2016). Universities expect graduates to be leaders and innovators in the workplace and in society (Gross, 2009). Are Design Schools currently cultivating skills such as those mentioned above? Attempting to answer requires an examination of the design education at the present time. We analysed the core values and design pedagogy of the world's top ten design schools (by QS World University Rankings), as presented through the respective websites of these schools. Our exploration provides an overview of the varying approaches of design education. The main purpose of this study is to determine how aligned are the leading design schools with the projected top future skills. This work contributes to an understanding of the cross-disciplinary design pedagogy in the world's leading design schools , as communicated through their publicly accessible, online prospectuses.

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Mike Oustamanolakis, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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Conference: ACE2018
Stream: Nurturing Creativity & Innovation: New, Innovative & Radical Education

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