International Journal of Art & Design Education

Beyond Design Education

Volume 1.1   1982



This paper examines the social and cultural aspects of design education rather than engage in a sterile debate about the content of the curriculum. Attention is drawn to the fragmentation of design education, beset by considerations of professional pride and the defence of established subject boundaries. Reference is made to the breakdown of communication between teachers of technology and design in general education despite the fact that design and technology are the twins that have been the formative influence on the modern industrial world. It is suggested that the effective development of visual literacy and design awareness will depend on a broader perspective of design education, which examines the interrelationship between technology and culture and the political, social and economic realities of the designer's work.