Teaching Creativity: Developing Experimental Design Studio Curricula for Pre-College and Graduate Level Students in China

Gorgul E., Görgül E.

World Conference on Design, Arts and Education (DAE), Antalya, Turkey, 1 - 04 May 2012, vol.51, pp.714-720 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 51
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.08.230
  • City: Antalya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.714-720
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper attempts to demonstrate challenges and opportunities in design education in greater China, by focusing on two diverse steps of teaching design creativity, while depicting experimental design curricula. Two programs have been run in two different universities in Hong Kong and in Shanghai. Both cases tackle with deployment of unconventional content that departed from the methodology used to-date on the particular programs or level of education, in an attempt to generate alternatives of conventional teaching patterns. The initial discussion is articulated around the Summer Program in Architecture at The University of Hong Kong, which aimed to teach design and creativity to an audience with minimum to none previous experience and encourage them to choose this path as well as the particular institution for their further education. The second part is conveyed through a Graduate Studio at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University in Shanghai, which aimed to explore connections between use of crafts and digital processes in architecture design and form making. In both programs, design tasks are based on basic perception levels of space and form, which have been investigated progressively by students, through correlated workshops and lecture topics that have been also discussed in the sub-sections. The paper is concluded by emphasizing the improvement of students' abilities, skills and expertise in relation to the diversity of the groups. Selection and/or peer review under responsibility of Prof. Dr. Ayse Cakir Ilhan.