Abstract

This paper reveals the outcomes of an investigation to develop a radical manifesto for the future of creative design and media higher education. The result was the development of a manifesto (Mindsets and Skillsets) that sought to profoundly redefine how creative design and media education could be delivered. At its heart – the manifesto attempts to create the optimum environment for students to thrive in education, careers and through life. Ravensbourne University London began a review of its portfolio of courses and academic delivery in May 2016. This provided a unique opportunity to evaluate the existing programme delivery philosophy along with the practices and models of a range of international creative educational contexts, and to review relevant literature and practice. Using a combination of the ‘Double Diamond’ design-thinking approach and a ‘grounded theory light’ research methodology this study gathered data from international college visits, pedagogic conferences, literature reviews around student learning, delivery modes and learning spaces, and a hosted symposium anchored by an international educational panel and a creative industries professional panel. The five resulting principles emerged from the analysis of the data materials and were identified as: Cultivate / where the whole person thrives; Collaborate / where disciplines evolve; Integrate / where education engages industry; Advocate / where purpose informs practice; and Originate / where creativity harnesses technology. This paper attempts to position The Mindsets and Skillsets Manifesto as a visionary, pragmatic and deliverable new model of creative higher education.

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Interdisciplinary, Transdisciplikarity, Pedagogy, Thriving, Collaborating

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Reimagining The Future of Design Education: Nurturing Mindsets and Skillsets in Students

This paper reveals the outcomes of an investigation to develop a radical manifesto for the future of creative design and media higher education. The result was the development of a manifesto (Mindsets and Skillsets) that sought to profoundly redefine how creative design and media education could be delivered. At its heart – the manifesto attempts to create the optimum environment for students to thrive in education, careers and through life. Ravensbourne University London began a review of its portfolio of courses and academic delivery in May 2016. This provided a unique opportunity to evaluate the existing programme delivery philosophy along with the practices and models of a range of international creative educational contexts, and to review relevant literature and practice. Using a combination of the ‘Double Diamond’ design-thinking approach and a ‘grounded theory light’ research methodology this study gathered data from international college visits, pedagogic conferences, literature reviews around student learning, delivery modes and learning spaces, and a hosted symposium anchored by an international educational panel and a creative industries professional panel. The five resulting principles emerged from the analysis of the data materials and were identified as: Cultivate / where the whole person thrives; Collaborate / where disciplines evolve; Integrate / where education engages industry; Advocate / where purpose informs practice; and Originate / where creativity harnesses technology. This paper attempts to position The Mindsets and Skillsets Manifesto as a visionary, pragmatic and deliverable new model of creative higher education.

 

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