T shaped practitioner – New challenges New Learning Opportunities

Duncan of Jordanstone is changing.  In September 2011 as new third years we are the first to have a choice of modules which will transform us from ‘I’ shaped practitioners to ‘T’ shaped practitioners.  As Textile Designers, we will be sharing our learning with the departments of Jewellery and Interior and Environmental Design, we will still learn our trade, with me printing dyeing and designing but we will also share ideas with the other disciplines using the Expansive Learning Modules.  To quote Prof Mike Press, Programme Director of Design and Craft at DJCAD  “we will have the depth of learning from our chosen discipline and with the Partnerships, Networks and Connections and  the Expansive Learning Modules we will learn to work across the creative industries, work as a team and be business aware, giving us a breadth of knowledge too. This will help to make us more employable and be able to thrive in the new world which awaits us on graduating”.  With an interest in surface – textiles designers will be able to understand and also learn about artifacts and the space around us, we will connect with social issues and following on from Jonathan Baldwin’s Design Studies in year 2 we will learn more about service design, help with social challenges and the needs of industry.

Dissertation has become a word of the past. In semester two we will start our work towards 4th year – I made the decision to choose Design in the Market Place – with this I will learn what is exactly involved with setting up in business and will have access to the University Alumni and the staff who not only teach but are successful in business.  Exciting stuff indeed.

Research and Creative Practise is a module  for those who still wish to research and they will be a buddied with an academic to support them through their research. For those who are interested in International Business the Made in China module is there to learn more about the country which is becoming the most dominant in design culture and manufacturing –  a trip to China is also a possibility.

Over summer the lecturers looked at how things could improve for students by looking at what worked in other places. We can expect clearer assessment criteria, clearer system of feedback, written feedback, and forward looking feedback.

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Yesterday I found out more about the ELM Critical Making, Function and Fabrication – I will be learning  laser cutting, sublimation printing, mould making, vacumn forming, electroforming and embedding electrical components. And that’s just for starters and tomorrow we have a visitor from the RSA to talk about our Partnerships Networks and Connections Module more about that tomorrow!

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