Challenges in Applying the American Design Curriculum in the Gulf Region

By Mona Kamal Ismail.

Published by The Design Collection

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This paper discusses challenges of applying the American design curricula in the Gulf Region. The aim of this paper is to identify challenges and propose suggestions to improve the application of such programs. The case study outlines the application of the American design curricula at the Scientific College of Design in Muscat, Oman since 2004. Specific challenges and proposed modifications will be identified. The discussion includes students’ general characteristics, programs applied during seminal years, assessment of outcomes and challenges, limitations of discussion, and proposed suggestions for future modification and possibilities of filling the gaps between a Western curricula and a Gulf country. Challenges addressed are proficiency in English, critical thinking, visual literacy, and rigorous application and academic demands.

Keywords: American Design Curricula, Design Education in the Gulf Region

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.223-232. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 622.658KB).

Dr. Mona Kamal Ismail

Department Chair, Interior Design Department, Scientific College of Design, Muscat, Matrah, Oman

Dr. Ismail is the Head of the Interior Design Department at the Scientific College of Design at Muscat, Sultante of Oman. She was on the board of Trustees from 2007 to 2009. Dr. Ismail has earned her BS., MS., M.C.R.P., and Ph.d from The Ohio State University specializing in the Aging population. She taught at several Egyptian universities such as Misr International University and 6th October University. Dr. Ismail’s research interests include housing the aging population, consumer shopping behavior for household furniture, and implementation of design curricula.

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