Beyond 2050: Reimagining Design Education in Singapore

Posted on: 21. September 2022

The report marks the completion of the first two-year term of the Design Education Advisory Committee (DEAC).

The DEAC was launched by the DesignSingapore Council and appointed by the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry in April 2020 as the first-ever national platform for design education thought and practice leadership. Comprising leaders from the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), the design industry and non-design sector, as well as policymakers from the government agencies, the committee aims to shape the quality of design education and embed design into the nation’s education system. It signals the government’s commitment to develop a workforce with the relevant skills needed by the design industry and the wider economy

Following the completion of the first two-year term on 31 March 2022, the DEAC outlined three key recommendations, comprising a Point-of-Vision centred around six pillars, for 2050.  Eleven ideas were developed to amalgamate design education and the creative industry, with eight being developed into prototypes as proofs of concepts. They include collaborations with students from polytechnics, universities, and industry partners like DP Architects, Ideactio, KR&D, Phillips Singapore, STUCK Design, Tribal Worldwide Singapore, and many more.

In Term Two, from April 2022 to March 2024, the DEAC will continue to champion the recommendations and work closely with a wide group of stakeholders to shape a globally recognised design education unique to Singapore and bring design education and the industry closer together.

A copy of the report can be found here.