The Next Curriculum: Designing a Design Program for the 21st Century

By Barbara McFall, Cindy Beacham, Ron Dulaney Jr. and Kathryn Burton.

Published by The International Journal of Design Education

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Design methods are employed to explore options for new design programming in an American State Land Grant University. The mandate is to teach the fundamentals of design across disciplines and professions. In so doing, the curriculum design team has been tasked to incorporate new understandings of design and design careers; appeal to wired and socially connected students; and address a perceived need for cheaper and more relevant higher education. The team references a variety of non-traditional approaches, many of which have been recently profiled on Charlie Rose, the CNN program Next, or in TED talks. Lessons are also derived from another discipline that asks how we can make it better, medicine. The result is a transdisciplinary design curriculum (undergraduate and graduate) loosely modeled on the innovative University of Central Florida's medical curriculum.

Keywords: Curriculum, Instructional Design, Higher Education, Teach the Fundamentals of Design

The International Journal of Design Education, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 294.296KB).

Dr. Barbara McFall

Director, Division of Design and Merchandising, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA

Dr. Cindy Beacham

Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator, Division of Design and Merchandising, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA

Ron Dulaney Jr.

Assistant Professor, Interior Design Program, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA

Dr. Kathryn Burton

Assistant Professor, Division of Design and Merchandising, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA