YPHD? Is a PhD Needed for Design?
Jim Kaufman, FIDSA, will moderate an interactive panel discussion questioning the significance of doctoral degrees for industrial design practice and education over the last 20 years and into the future. This topic examines where the Ph. fits into the overall strategy for the advancement of the field of industrial design practice and academic standards. Our profession needs well-informed research in the form of new processes and new data, coming from research institutions, generated by professors and/or industry. Great teaching and research is needed every day by our profession. How do we maintain this effort? Has the PhD growth for design over the last 20 years helped or hindered this need? Part of the academic community’s role is to self-generate itself, supply new faculty continuously with graduate MFAs or PhDs. Regardless of degree level, are these people qualified to teach our undergraduates for the profession of industrial design practice? Will there be enough personnel to continue the profession, as the credential requirements are elevated?