1st Edition

Introduction to Design Education Theory, Research, and Practical Applications for Educators

By Steven Faerm Copyright 2023
    324 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    324 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This practical, engaging book offers design educators a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to design education and pedagogy in higher education. Featuring instructional strategies and case studies from diverse design disciplines, including fashion design, architecture, and industrial design, from both the US and abroad, award-winning author Steven Faerm contextualizes design pedagogy with student development—a critical component to fostering successful teaching, optimal learning, and student success in this ever-evolving industry. Features include the following: 

    ·         Advanced pedagogical methods and strategies to improve design students’ learning, holistic development, and design school experience.

    ·         Insights into the changing nature of the design industries and future challenges faced by design educators within higher education, and how design programs can be strengthened to better respond to these challenges.

    ·         A range of practical, flexible teaching methods and pedagogical techniques that design educators can easily adapt to their own settings.

    ·         Diverse international case studies and interviews with thought leaders in design, design education, and higher education.  

    Written by a leading educator in fashion design, Faerm offers educators, school leaders, and administrators the context and skills to understand the evolving nature of the design industry and design education, and to improve design students’ learning and design school experience.

    Section I Design Industries  1. Introduction to Design Industries: Growth, Responsibility, and Uncertainty  2. A Study of the Fashion Industry as a Model of Widespread Systemic Change  3. The New Design Entrepreneurs  4. The Future of the Design Industries  Section II Design Education  5. Introduction to Design Education: The Historical and Contemporary Contexts of US Higher Education  6. The Design School Experience  7. Speculations on the Future Design School Structure  8. The Future of Design Education  9. Global Directions: Unique Approaches to Design Education  Section III Design Pedagogy  10. Introduction to Design Pedagogy  11. Young Adult Development  12. Students’ Transition from High School to Design School  13. Developing Competent Pedagogy: A Web of Practices  Section IV Design Classrooms  14. Introduction to Design Classrooms: A Workbook of Effective and Strategic Teaching Methods for Design Educators  15. A Practical Guide to Teaching the New Design Undergraduates  16. Teaching as Performance  17. Classroom Dynamics: Trust and Conflict      18. Motivation and Design Students  19. The Inclusive Design Classroom  20. Designing the Learning Experience: The Syllabus  21. Assessment as Learning  22. Faculty Mentorship                            



    Steven Faerm is an Associate Professor of Fashion at Parsons School of Design. A Parsons alumnus and Designer of the Year Nominee, he has been teaching for over twenty years and is the author of Fashion Design Course: Principles, Practices, and Techniques (3rd edition, 2022), and Creating a Successful Fashion Collection (2012). His work has been translated into nine languages and his scholarly research has been published in leading academic journals and other publications.

    This comprehensive guide is expressly for those charged with leading the next generation of design innovators while also advancing their pedagogy successfully and meaningfully.

    - Jackie Mallon, Fashion United

    Full book review is here for reference

    Prescient in timing, Introduction to Design Education is an enlightening book that discusses many of the reasons why dedicated and advanced pedagogical approaches are more vital than ever in the contexts of the changing design school, student generation and industries.

    Faerm does a brilliant job of bringing his rigorous and compelling research to us in an approachable yet authoritative book that should be recommended to both new and experienced teachers of design.

    - Noel Palomo-Lovinski, Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education