Projectspace: linking design education with business.
Malins, Julian Paul
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MALINS, J. and MURRAY, A., 2011. Projectspace: linking design education with business. In: A. KOVACEVIC, W. ION, C. MCMAHON, L. BUCK and P. HOGARTH, eds. Design Education for Creativity and Business Innovation: the 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. 8–9 September 2011. London: Design Society. Pp. 11-15.
Design graduates are increasingly called upon to work in cross-disciplinary ways in order to respond to the challenges of designing services and products. Working in multidisciplinary teams on live projects involving external organisations can help prepare students who learn how to work in collaborative teams, address specific needs of clients and assimilate feedback from a wide range of experts. Identifying suitable projects that reconcile with course learning outcomes, supervising student groups, and managing the relationship between all the stakeholders requires a sophisticated infrastructure. The potential benefits however, with regards to keeping courses relevant and maximising the employability of students, are considerable. The Centre for Design & Innovation (http://www.c4di.org.uk) has developed a web portal called ProjectSpace, a project brokering system. This is a unique facility that provides a mechanism for the University to engage with external partners, to manage groups of students and provides a shop window for what the University can offer (http://www. projectspace.org.uk). The system has recently been piloted with design students in Digital Media and Graphic Design from Gray’s School of Art, undertaking a project with Skills Development Scotland (SDS). ProjectSpace provides a mechanism for displaying project briefs, key deadlines, assigning both academics and students to projects and a confidential content management system allowing selected parties to view ongoing work. A wide range of issues has been highlighted by this project, including contractual arrangements, project supervision, fit with the curriculum and the management of expectations between stakeholders. This paper reports the outcomes of the SDS pilot project.