Studying industrial design : Exploring the experience of female students

Lockhart, Catherine Anne & Miller, Evonne (2015) Studying industrial design : Exploring the experience of female students. ID Educators Network (IDEN) Journal, 3, pp. 11-26.

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Despite a significant increase in the number of women enrolling and graduating from design courses, the reality is that women remain ‘invisible’ in the design profession (Bruce, 1985). Over two decades ago, Bruce and Lewis (1990) argued that women were less likely than men to be designers due to three key gendered hurdles: the completion of a design degree, getting a design job and obtaining success in a design job. This paper focuses specifically on Australian women’s experience of hurdle one: the completion of a design degree, utilising industrial design as a case study. Semi-structured interview questions (exploring issues such as experience in class and the workshop, accessibility of the course and content, types of projects etc) were recorded and transcribed verbatim, with a thematic analysis conducted to better understand women’s experiences in completing their industrial design degree. This paper focuses on one key theme “navigating the design studio”, which comprises of three sub-themes: design skill development, the workshop experience and course evaluation. These findings highlight the need to understand the educational experience to ensure female designers remain motivated and eventually employable.

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ID Code: 82977
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Industrial design, Design education, Women
ISSN: 2200-6834
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Authors.
Journal: © 2015 all rights reserved.
Deposited On: 31 Mar 2015 00:26
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2016 02:58

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