Assessing Design Activity: Issues and Actions

DS 30: Proceedings of DESIGN 2002, the 7th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik

Year: 2002
Editor: Marjanovic D.
Author: Cowdroy, R.; Williams, A.
Section: Design Education
Page(s): 43-48


An international collaborative research and development program documents a single framework to resolve inconsistencies between good teaching principles, accreditation requirements and the various expectations of design faculty and students, employers and the community. The research program led to development of a Transitional Criteria Framework (TRF) that accommodates multiple value systems and integrates criteria for assessment, evaluation, accreditation and accountability within a single system. The TRF provides opportunities and challenges for all the design professions for improving the recognition and standing their programs, by enabling design faculty to demonstrate design education quality, to the spectrum of stakeholders.

Keywords: Assessment, creativity, design, curriculum development


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