By DAVID HARRISSTEIN and TIMOTHY SALESENSTEINThe digital revolution has been a boon to design, but it has also been a blow to a design education that has historically relied on the traditional methods of instruction.
As technology and globalization have reshaped work environments and made it easier for people to share ideas and learn from one another, the art of interior design has been on the back burner.
Now, however, with the digital age, the need for education in the humanities and social sciences is being addressed, and with it, the demands for design classes to address the needs of today’s design workforce.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Interior Design University (IDU) president Michael L. Smith said he hopes to see the institution expand its curriculum to include design education for undergraduates.
“The digital generation is going to be the most significant and disruptive shift in our industry,” Smith said.
The future of design education depends on the education of the workforce, he added.
IDU has expanded its design programs, introduced classes in architecture, and expanded its campus in downtown New York.
But its current design offerings are focused on students with little or no experience in interior design.
“Our students, many of whom are from New York, don’t have a background in interior, and we need to have a much broader design education,” Smith told the Times.
IDU recently announced that it would expand its design program to include a design history course. “
And so we’re going to bring in students from New England, from the Midwest, from a variety of places.”
IDU recently announced that it would expand its design program to include a design history course.
“Our students need to be taught to appreciate their surroundings and to be more creative, but they also need to understand the relationship between their surroundings, the relationships they have with each other and the relationships between objects and objects in their world,” Smith explained.
IDUs courses, which range from one to five days, have been offered for the past five years and will be offered in September.
But the first class will focus on the art and craft of interior decorating.
“We’re going through a transition now, a shift from an education to a career,” Smith stated.
“In our industry, we’re all about the careers, we want people to have jobs.
“It’s just like anything else in life, like if you go to the gym and you do the exercise, you want to get stronger and stronger. “
“But if you don’t know how to do that, what are you going to do? “
You can’t do it.” “
But if you don’t know how to do that, what are you going to do?
You can’t do it.”
IDUs classes will be taught by designers and artists who have spent years at the forefront of the design industry, and they will teach students about design, architecture, sustainability, and environmental issues.
IDUC has a history of producing high-quality, interactive programs that focus on a variety on how to build an interior or the design of a building.
But Smith said his program would be different than many others.
“Design education is really, really important to design in the sense that it’s not just a technical subject,” Smith added.
“This is about how to understand a design in a more emotional way.
You know, how do you have a sense of where your client lives, how they live, what they eat, how you feel?
And it’s about how do we relate to them.”
The IDU program will take place in September and include six to eight courses per year, with a focus on sustainability.
“I’m really excited about the opportunities we have with this design program, because it’s really going to give us a great foundation for building the future of interior architecture,” Smith emphasized.
Smith believes the IDU design program is a first step toward establishing a more diverse design curriculum.
“When we started this, there was this huge gap in the design education in America,” Smith noted.
“There were only about four designers, and now there are over 600.
“That’s what I’m hoping to see more of in the future, and I think that’s really important.””
The Future of Design Education in the Digital Age, the New Economy, and the Changing Design Economy (Book Club edition) by Michael L Smith, Ph.D. and Tim”
That’s what I’m hoping to see more of in the future, and I think that’s really important.”
The Future of Design Education in the Digital Age, the New Economy, and the Changing Design Economy (Book Club edition) by Michael L Smith, Ph.D. and Tim