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dc.contributor.authorTay, Jo Li Marie-Joelle
dc.identifier.citationTay, J.L.M.-J. 2020. Engaging with industry through Design Thinking: Reflections of a WIL educator. In: Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools 2019, 31st Oct 2019, Melbourne, Victoria.

Design thinking has recently gained popularity outside of the design industry, especially in the business sector. Companies are recognising the value that design and design thinking brings, especially in terms of solving problems. The growing interest in design thinking has provided design students with opportunities to engage with industries outside the creative industries sector, such as consulting.

At the same time, work-integrated learning (WIL) is a pedagogical strategy that is well-suited to design disciplines, since designers typically have to work with client organisations or individuals to develop solutions. Working with clients requires many of the soft skills (e.g. teamwork, organisation, etc.) sought after by employers – skills that are also crucial for a successful career in design.

In this paper, the author describes how design thinking and WIL were used together for a unit that is part of the Graphic Design major at Curtin University. The author also reflects on the role of design thinking and WIL in creating and supporting industry engagement, as well as their combined impact on design education and student engagement.

dc.subject1203 - Design Practice and Management
dc.subject1302 - Curriculum and Pedagogy
dc.titleEngaging with industry through Design Thinking: Reflections of a WIL educator
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.title2019 ACUADS CONFERENCE: Engagement
dcterms.source.conferenceAustralian Council of University Art and Design Schools 2019
dcterms.source.conference-start-date31 Oct 2019
dcterms.source.conferencelocationMelbourne, Victoria
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dcterms.source.conference-end-date1 Nov 2019

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