International Journal of Art & Design Education

A View of Design Education in Britain

Volume 3.1   1984



An illustrated account of the Young Blood exhibition held at the Barbican Centre, London from November 1983 to January 1984. This unique event presented over 2,000 student exhibits from 60 Colleges and Faculties of Art and Design offering a comprehensive view of the nature of design education within higher education in Britain.
Whilst government recognises design's central role in revitalising British industry and commerce, the importance of design skills and craftsmanship goes far beyond economic survival and growth: they determine the quality of our everyday lives and surroundings. Today's design students are helping shape tomorrow; are they being prepared effectively for this huge responsibility? The Young Blood exhibition provides evidence we are not making the best use of our designers: a failure of marketing and promotion in addition to a failure to employ our excellent young designers.