Strengthen industry links through a Design Education Advisory Committee
The design curriculum of the future must be agile enough to adapt to, and capitalise on economic and industry shifts. The IHLs understand this and have put in place systems and processes that enable them to identify and respond quickly to industry and global trends. These efforts can be strengthened by increasing the access of IHLs to industry experts from design and non-design industries, and to draw on their insights to inform curriculum development and review.
a) Strengthen education and industry links
The DERC recommends the formation of a Design Education Advisory Committee (DEAC) which will comprise key industry leaders from design and non-design sectors, representatives from public service agencies, and international thought leaders.
The DEAC will offer the IHLs another touchpoint to regularly obtain information about the latest industry trends and emerging skills needed by the industry. These perspectives and insights can inform the development of programmes at the IHLs, ensuring that programmes remain relevant and future-ready. The DEAC can also provide IHLs with additional resources and opportunities for collaboration with the industry to help enrich students’ learning experience.
b) Align programmes with industry needs through the Skills Framework for Design
The DERC recommends that the DEAC provides advice to the IHLs on the application of the recently developed Skills Framework for Design (SFwD) to their programmes. This framework identifies the jobs required by the future economy, which include emerging design roles in non-design industries, and the skillsets needed for professionals to move into them. The DEAC will be well-placed to advise the IHLs on the skills required of design graduates at different levels of study, taking reference from the SFwD.
The DERC’s first recommendation is to strengthen the links between the IHLs and industry through the formation of a DEAC. This ensures that the design curriculum remains agile and adaptable enough to capitalise on economic and industry shifts.
This can be done by:
a. Strengthening education and industry links through the DEAC; and
b. Aligning programmes with industry needs through the SFwD.