Rather than concentrating on the value of design education in terms of job readiness for recent graduates, we’ll look at how a degree can lay the groundwork for creativity, effects, and passion. The role of education is to sow the seeds of excellence.
The word “design education” may refer to several things, but in this case, it refers to an Integrated Master of Design program. The word “design,” refers to a wide variety of fields that are closely connected to graphic, communication, and UX design.
It’s critical to consider what a design student gets out of the experience when determining whether or not tuition costs are reasonable. It’s not just about experience and abilities; students pay for access to a unique environment and set of circumstances:
- Resource Access:
Students often have free access to resources such as letterpress machines, computer programs, visiting lecturers, and photography studios. Without a student pass, access to these is very expensive.
- Professional mentorship:
Professional designers volunteer at universities to set client briefs for students, visit as guest lecturers, and teach as professors to help students become better designers—a valuable resource that isn’t immediately available to a new designer in the industry.
- Creative community and colleagues:
By no way is school the only place in the business where you can make friends, but mutual experiences and development while learning can help you shape long-lasting and fruitful relationships with your peers.
- Immunity to real-world restrictions:
Restrictions should not be the starting point for a designer’s attitude. Client whims aren’t allowed to derail ideas, and budgets aren’t a hindrance to innovation in design school.
- The title of “student”:
Professionals are more likely to tutor or share their experience with a ‘student’ than with a colleague. Furthermore, external opportunities and events have always been limited to enrolled students. A gateway to special access is a student title and a university email address.
If history is any guide, today’s computer systems will be obsolete in no time, and conventional design processes will be reimagined. Businesses and teams must plan accordingly. Companies at the forefront, according to Harvard Business Review, “have highlighted the value of learnability—being interested and getting a hungry mind—as a key predictor of job potential.” A potential school that encourages students to be resourceful, critical, and observant would have long-term benefits.