Parsons Revamping Design Education
Though I have nothing but fond memories of my design school experience, I’m sure there are improvements that could have been implemented that would have made me a better designer today. Even now, nine years out of school, I know that the program from which I graduated is not the same.
A recent article explains how the Parsons New School for Design has revamped their curriculum and put the control of design education in the hands of their students. They are still taught the fundamentals of design that we all learned but they are also offered a variety of options such as the opportunity to collaborate with students from other programs and the course load flexibility to be able to take a minor. Just as no design can happen in a vacuum, so to Parsons has approached design education. They believe you need to be exposed to other ways of thinking and see how design influences society.