Design Educators Community
Initiatives

Listed below are initiatives currently being undertaken by the Design Educators Community steering committee members that we believe will enhance and provide value to design educators. The Resources section of this site includes completed initiatives.

The Design Faculty Research Grant is an ongoing initiative. Through a competitive, peer-review process, grants are awarded biannually to provide support for design research. This includes scholarship that generates new knowledge, integrates design knowledge into other disciplines as an influential force, or explores new pedagogies through the teaching of design and evaluation of learning outcomes. The research projects that we have previously funded can be found in the Resources section of this site.

Design for Good in Education

Currently in development, this version of AIGA’s national Design for Good initiative targets design educators. It showcases projects at the undergraduate and graduate level that demonstrate social responsibility. It will also provide educators with information on running a Design for Good project, and provide a forum for educators to engage in a dialogue around this topic.

If you are a design educator and would like to submit your project contact laramccormick@nhia.edu.

AIGA/NASAD Two-Year Education Briefing Paper

This briefing paper will contribute to the spectrum of other briefing papers prepared by AIGA for NASAD. This paper is intended to help all concerned – from prospective students to faculties to internal and external evaluators to institutional administrators to employers – consider the extent to which two-year graphic design programs can accomplish their published goals and the clarity and accuracy of projections about career preparation or preparation for further graphic design study. A draft of this paper was submitted to and revised by NASAD and is still in the reviewing stage.

Faculty at two-year programs are eager to share in a dialogue about the challenges they face that are inherently different than traditional four-year programs. The primary objective of this initiative is to expand participation of two-year colleges in AIGA’s educator community. As feeder institutions for bachelor’s programs as well as some sectors of the profession, community colleges address an important role in the education of future designers and media arts professionals. This initiative also aims to assist in the development a resource to support faculty in two-year programs, allowing them to share information and ideas with each other as well as the wider AIGA Design Educators Community.

Design Project Resource

The Design Project Resource is in development and will be an on-line repository and tool through which design educators can share assignments and project documentation including learning goals, schedule, deliverables and images of finished work.

The Project Resource principle goals are:
—To facilitate communication between educators from a variety of institutions.
—To allow educators to share and receive feedback on assignments.
—To provide educators with inspiration when planning their own courses.
—To document research and teaching methods from design programs.