The first MEDEA Symposium held in Kuwait took place this December at the American University of Kuwait (AUK). Board Members from universities around the MENA region spent three days together conducting workshops and participating in roundtable discussions with design educators in Kuwait.
Workshops for design students were held on Saturday (December 6th) from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at AUK in the Design Department.
Workshop 1: Islamic (Universal) Design led by Julia Towsend (Associate Professor in Visual Communication at the American University in Dubai)
Workshop 2: Calibrate Before You Collaborate led by Muneera Spence (Chair of the Graphic Design Department at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar)
Workshop 3: Styling Workshop led by Dina Kattan (Assistant Professor and Fashion Design Department Chair at Dar Al Hekma University)
Workshop 4: Compass NEWS: Design parameters for bilingual publications led by Diane Mikhael, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar)
MEDEA invited educators from universities across Kuwait to take part in a roundtable discussion about design education in the Gulf, past, present and future.
Topics discussed during the roundtable include:
- Impact on Curriculum Design: Teaching paradigm in the classroom: styles, curricular, issues, technology, projects, and switching codes in Language of instructions
- Impact on Professional Development: What are the most significant new fields and changes in appearing in the graphic design major and how can we take part in the conversation at the university level?
- Impact on Assessment: Graphic Design theory-what is it? What constitutes strong assessment of graphic design programs, what are some effective assessments being used-and how can this lead to a standardized test for graphic design programs in the Gulf?
- Collaboration: Institutional, Private Sector and Industry. How can design education contribute to help building a knowledge-based economy in the Gulf?
Thanks to all who contributed and made each event a success!
A special thanks to Professor Marcella Kulchitsky and AUK for their outstanding hospitality throughout the weekend. We appreciate your support and look forward to more collaborations together!