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One of my motivations for starting this forum is to open up the discussion to this field of study—how do you define Communication Design? Institutional administrators intentionally leave such questions open, to be defined by our departments and the establishment. Yet the administrators are the final arbiters of our professional destinies. So my first question to all design researchers, academics and faculty, seasoned and new, is how do you define your field of study? Is communication design as a term or a field even the final term?
https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu/postings/10440 InstitutionSouth Dakota State University Working Title: Instructor of Graphic Design Posting Number: F00134P Department: SDSU-School of Design Physical Location of Position (City): Brookings The Graphic Design Program in the School of Design at South Dakota State University invites applications for an Instructor faculty to begin August 2018. Successful candidates must be proficient in the theories and fundamentals of Graphic Design expertise with a working knowledge of the Adobe CC and emerging advancement in Web Design. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate classes where technical skill, contemporary culture, design theory, and cross-disciplinary collaboration are key. We seek a colleague who has a thorough understanding of the implications of design practice in relationship to broader social, cultural, economic, scientific, and technological forces; has the ability to inspire students and to help them develop skills necessary for the translation of meaningful ideas into innovative and actionable solutions to real world problems; and can assist with the development and support of the program’s relationships with external partnerships and non-profit institutions. SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in Graphic Design, developing curriculum, mentoring students, supporting accreditation effort, service, and engaging in student recruitment and retention.
I have a major that -- while titled "Visual Communication Design" -- has been award-winning interaction designers (and service designers) for many years. Recently, some of our competitors have launched "interaction design" programs separate from their visual communication / graphic design programs. I loathe to separate my program as I believe that interaction design has to be taught holistically, with input from visual communication design, spatial design, and industrial design -- but am mindful that if I want to compete, I may need to fly an "interaction design" flag that is separate from communication design. Thoughts about this? Anyone looking to separate or create a new major? What value is there to teaching interaction design separate from other disciplines? (Note: this question is a shameless repost from another forum)