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Create real-world design learning platforms for professionals

Recommendation 4
Create real-world design learning platforms for professionals

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Design-led creative thinking is useful in helping individuals adopt a human-centred approach when designing solutions to challenges and problems. Mastery of such a skill requires practice.

a. Enable real-world design learning beyond the formal curriculum

The DERC recommends the creation of more real-world learning platforms where professionals can come together to deepen their learning of design-led creative thinking and hone their skills by devising possible solutions to social and economic challenges. One way to support this is through creating experiential learning spaces—physical or virtual—where professionals can learn design-led creative thinking skills and apply it to real-world situations together. These can be facilitated by designers and experts in design-led creative thinking.

Pilot Programme: “School of X”:


The DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) will launch a pilot real-world open learning platform to offer professionals the opportunities to learn and practise design thinking, and to co-create solutions for the community. Called the “School of X”, it will bring together both the private and public sectors to tackle complex social and economic issues that can benefit from a design-led creative thinking approach. Through such experiences, participants will better appreciate design as a framework and develop a mindset for creative problem-solving, beyond solely being a tool for aesthetics. Instead of being formally assessed on how they approach the challenges, participants will learn from feedback from fellow collaborators and facilitators.

To ensure sustainability and growth, the Dsg will develop the framework for the “School of X”, which the DERC hopes can be adopted by other organisations to offer their own real-world design learning platforms.


SUMMARY

The DERC’s fourth recommendation is to create real-world design learning platforms for professionals. 

We recommend:
a. Enabling real-world design learning beyond the formal curriculum.

A pilot programme called the “School of X” will offer a real-world learning platform for working professionals to learn and practise design-led creative thinking, and to co-create solutions for the community.