Negotiating the multiple contexts and drivers surrounding curriculum development can, in reality, be messy. Ashwin et al. (2015) acknowledge that beyond the seemingly straightforward alignment of a set of curricular elements, there is much added complexity, and an urge that a holistic, and ultimately realistic, perspective be applied to the process. Within such a holistic approach, consider the aspirations and learning pathways of your students, as well as the wider educational environment, including any extra-curricular opportunities that might be available to enrich students’ learning experiences. For design educators developing curricula, there are arguably added complexities in higher education environments, and some of these have been noted across the chapter, including unique studio learning environments and subjectivities in assessing work with creative elements.
Whilst the chapter has spanned a huge topic area, we have attempted to provide relatable examples from our own experiences along the way, with practical points for your consideration, supplemented by a valuable set of specialist reference works for you to consult when undertaking such a curriculum journey. Whilst the chapter by necessity highlights the many tricky corners in this process, the successes have also been numerous.
The authors would like to acknowledge the many academics, professional support staff and student partners who work tirelessly in bringing their expertise, commitment and passion to ensuring that the Bachelor of Design course achieves the best possible outcomes for students, their future needs, and those of the discipline.
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