Notes on design education and (prefigurative) work politics

Elzenbaumer, Bianca ORCID logoORCID: and Franz, Fabio (2017) Notes on design education and (prefigurative) work politics. Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 16 (1). pp. 117-123. ISSN 2040-0896


In this text we are reporting back on the practice-based research Precarity Pilot. The starting point for this research is the fact that in today’s Europe, design graduates are entering into a landscape of precarious work. This research-in-progress thus inquires into how formal and informal design education can be a space where to empower young designers to transformatively engage with the precarious work politics of their profession. As a mid-way result, here we present a series of didactic proposals and strategic questions for how issues of socio-economic precariousness can be transformatively addressed. This result is based on a series of half-day workshops we have been running between 2014-2016 with design students, recent graduates and design educators in the UK, Germany, Poland and Italy. We address these proposals to educators, managers and students alike as we are convinced that everyone involved in education has agency over how the learning process unfolds.

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