Charting a New Pedagogical Model of Design Education in India - The Conceptual Framework
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Well, while in one hand, there is a spate of leap-frogging changes taking place globally, on the other hand, the 'Design' of certain products, processes and systems - be it in their 'Forms', 'Variations / Diversities', 'Usage patterns', have become almost 'Frozen & Saturated with no further developmental / incremental innovation possibilities at all'.
These include the range of Electronic and Electrical appliances for Home & Office use, to products used in the Kitchen, Office Products, Furniture systems, Communication Products and platforms, to a whole range of Man-made spaces – domestic, retail & office spaces, Textile material – used for décor and clothing and many more Latest developments & innovations are being seen in the products and platforms for Wearable Devices (which are based on sensor technologies & communication technologies), Medical Devices & Technologies (which are based on precision, robotics, AI, 3D Scanning, PET), Smart Textiles & Protective Fabrics (which are based on material properties & chemical / plasma treatments), Transportation & Mobility segments (based on Materials & Processing Technologies, Sensors and AI), Navigation Technologies etc.
Additive Technologies & various Forming Technologies including Metal Injection Moulding technologies have already found their way into the Manufacturing & Product Design Sector. Even relevant 'Analyses' (including that of Architecture and Construction Technologies) have almost become completely driven by intelligence-embedded software.
As far as developments in Communications & Visual Media Technologies are concerned, Printing technologies, Video-Creation & Editing Technologies including Digital Animation are at their heights. Parallel to the above, Sustainability, Climate / Pollution Control, Health and Safety, Eco and Green, Systems for the elderly and specially-abled people, Food and Life-style Change Issues, Remote Monitoring & Support, Mobility and Mass Transportation, Education and Learning Efficacy are some of the issues that need sector specific strategic innovations.
In the above scenario, if one looks at closely, the following are some of the examples of trends / shifts / upward & incremental innovations that could be observed:
To respond to the above and the speed of change, (where even 'anticipation' may not work) and to remain 'contemporary', we at The D-School have consciously and unanimously taken a stand that the principal motto in our pedagogy and the output will be to 'innovate & drive' & 'staying ahead of time' – through a co-evolution model of pedagogic approach with various relevant & emerging Industries and business scenarios.
Some of the major shifts (of thinking and focus) will be as follow:
In such a scenario, 'strategic innovations for various sectors' and 'strategies for innovations' become the focus.
To practically achieve the above, the pedagogy and the composition of course modules in all the programs have been designed with the following USPs' - which are the firsts in Design Education in India
With the above framework at hand, we stand committed to create a new generation of innovators for the global creative economy.
With best wishes & assuring you of an exciting & experiential learning tenure during your education program at The D-School, Jain (Deemed-to-be) University
Jain (Deemed-to-be) University