Creative Processes as a Medium for Learning Design Competence

DS 69: Proceedings of E&PDE 2011, the 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, London, UK, 08.-09.09.2011

Year: 2011
Editor: Kovacevic, Ahmed, Ion, William, McMahon, Chris, Buck, Lyndon and Hogarth, Peter
Author: Aksnes, Dagfinn
Series: E&PDE
Section: Creativity in Design Education
Page(s): 91-96


As design thinking and design competence become more sought after across society and globally, there appears to be a need to develop strategies and good practice in delivering learning and teaching in design to more diverse groups of learners. The current publicity and debate on Design Thinking has highlighted new opportunities and challenges in terms of the context and content of Design Competence, and because the learners range from non-design students to industry leaders and politicians. This paper discusses and disseminates a new teaching programme in Design and Innovation for year 3 (final year) students of Production Engineering at University College, Bergen, Norway, and the development of a new framework for design practice within Wartsila Industrial Operations (WIO) at Fitjar, Norway. Lessons learned and possible directions for future development will also be discussed.

Keywords: Creativity, designerly ways of thinking, design process, tacit knowledge, learning through practice, mastering


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