Product Design Education: Different Perspectives

Connor, Chris and Beckwith, Mark (2014) Product Design Education: Different Perspectives. In: 16th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, 4th - 5th September 2014, Enschede, The Netherlands.

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Abstract

This paper explores the differing approaches and experiences of two tertiary level courses provided by two UK University providers within the Product Design subject area. Both institutions provide quite different learning experiences for the students on their courses, both deemed valid in their own right. These differences include syllabus content and delivery, learning environment, to assessment methods. Exploration of student experiences, expectations and aspirations are compared and contextualized in the light of both of these different approaches, one rather engineering biased, the other more creative design focused. Graduate quality from both courses is high, valued by industry and validated by published data on graduate employment rates and roles as provided on behalf of the UK government/Higher Education Authorities. High Employment or further study rates support the assertion that both courses are valued and contribute enormously to the employability of the students undertaking these courses.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design education, design culture, graduate employability
Subjects: H100 General Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Chris Connor
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 16:10
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2015 16:10
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/24881

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