State of EGD Education

While advanced degree programs (M. Design, M.S. Design, MFA) with a focus on EGD have emerged at a handful of academic institutions in the last decade, the language and practice of EGD as well as EGD thinking has been integrated into many design curriculum as a facet of an overall design education experience for nearly 20 years at dozens of institutions. The wide majority of these courses are typically offered as elective style courses by adjunct and lecture faculty who are engaged in EGD practice and support the dialogue between practice and education.

The range and breadth of courses exposing students to the possibilities of working across multiple scales, disciplines, and media platforms and surfaces vary with institution and include elective style special topic seminars to practice based studios within sponsored projects. While many institutions offer optional EGD courses on a rotating basis with a focus on specific practice areas such as wayfinding, information design, and exhibition design, a shift towards a deeper, integrative, and inclusionary form of EGD course is emerging that operates across disciplines without any alliance to one discipline or another practice has emerged as a trend. This type of EGD thinking educational experience can provide students with a opportunity to scale their traditional set of skills across both spatial and media platforms. This way of designing can ultimately be applied to an array of professional career paths. Students with an exposure to this type of design pedagogy with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration will enter professional practice with a much more versatile skill set and be prepared with an agility to tackle a wide range of global design problems. 


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