"Well, a tough question. Congratulations:" How and in what aspects do design students evaluate a design studio course?

Gelmez K., Efilti P., Yılmaz O.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN EDUCATION, vol.33, no.4, pp.1585-1606, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10798-022-09775-w
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, Compendex, Design & Applied Arts Index, EBSCO Education Source, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), INSPEC, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.1585-1606
  • Keywords: Design education, Design pedagogy, Design studio course, Course evaluation, Reflective writing, PERSONALITY-TRAITS, EDUCATION, COMMUNICATION, REFLECTION, RATINGS
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Evaluating a design studio course is a complex issue due to its practice-based, rich, and vague nature. This is an attempt to uncover this complex issue from students' viewpoints as they are the owners of learning processes. Based on a student evaluation template, we particularly focused on nine dimensions of a design studio course, which are broad components students can evaluate, such as assessment, design brief, design jury, design critics, design studio, term, dialogue, process, and relation. This evaluation template, including reflective writings, offers us to find satisfying answers to how design students describe their learning experiences within a design studio course, and in what aspects, they describe these nine dimensions. Briefly, students preferred a wide variety of words or phrases while describing the dimensions of a design studio course in terms of twelve different aspects such as benefit, clarity, (non)connection, cognitive process, emotional impact, fairness, interactivity, progress, spatial and studying conditions, quality and type.