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Upcoming Design Educators Conferences

October 13, 2013 / By aiga educators

Mark your calendars!

September 11–13, 2014
New Ventures: Intersections in Design Education, Portland, OR
Oregon State University

The conference theme of New Ventures: Intersections in Design Education, evolves from the rapid changes occurring within graphic design education in terms of how programs are situated within a college or university and the many ways graphic design programs are intersecting with other disciplines on campuses and in communities. From the creation of new types of graduate programs (DMBA) to the physical creation of design think tanks and venture accelerator programs on campuses, a new landscape of collaboration, intersection and adventure is quickly emerging.

Conference Organizing Committee: Christine Gallagher/Andrea Marks, Co-Chairs (Oregon State University); Stephen Erdmann (AIGA Portland) and John Bowers (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

Spring 2015
Spaces of Learning: Inside / Outside Graphic Design Education
Toronto, ON (Canada), York University

This conference seeks to activate three conversational platforms embedded in the conference title: 1) Design Education as Interface; 2) Design Education as Diverse Cultural and Social Space and 3) Design Education as Politics. The conference will explore the idea that graphic design education is rapidly evolving: the social spaces we work in, and the practices of teaching and learning we engage with, are themselves mediated by larger contexts of social, cultural, political and technological change. Mindful of these changing contexts our conference will seek to pose questions about the assumptions we make about the relationship between making design, thinking about design, asking questions about design and theorizing design in as open and potentially interdisciplinary a framework as possible. We will also address how, as a specific discipline of making, we are uniquely placed to explore the limits of the emerging conversation about visual communication and visual culture in contemporary spaces of learning.

Conference Organizing Committee: David Gelb, Robert Gill and Angela Norwood (Department of Design, School of the Arts, Media Performance and Design, York University)

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