Where To Find The Next Generation Of Designers

Wallpaper Graduate Directory

If you haven’t caught it yet – it’s not too late.  Available December 13, 2012, Wallpaper* Magazine posted their most recent Graduate Directory online, highlighting top new design talent across the globe.  Besides ogling over the incredible creativity out there I was interested to see the schools these talented folks attended.  The results are impressive and a bit surprising.  The well-known standard-bearers are there along with those I didn’t expect to see with this crowd.  Clearly I need to broaden my horizon; I’m guessing others will too.

Initially launched in 1996, with the website added in 2004, Wallpaper* is based in the United Kingdom.  For many it’s a leading source of contemporary design, interiors, fashion, art and lifestyle activities around the world.  For those interested in a career in the world of design, it’s a knowledgeable and inspirational resource.

The Graduate Directory highlights “the next generation” of designers.  I suggest taking a close look.  The issue covers prospective up-and-comers in architecture, design, fashion, jewelry, packaging, photography, transport, travel and visual communication.  It showcases top talent about to enter the workforce in each field, and gives you a sneak peek into their talents.  The international list of schools provides a global view of program opportunities and includes a diverse group in the U.S.

A sampling of schools with noted students are listed below, with the area of design called out as well.

International schools

Royal College of Art, United Kingdom (design, transport)
ECAL, Switzerland (design, visual communication)
Guangzhou Academy Of Fine Arts, China (transport)
Moholy-Nagy University Of Art And Design, Hungary (packaging)
Beckmans College of Design, Sweden (design)
Royal Academy of Art, The Netherlands (photography)
Strelka Institute Of Media, Architecture And Design, Russia (architecture)
Institute for Fashion Design, Switzerland (fashion)
Shenkar College Of Engineering And Design, Israel (packaging)
Tama Art University, Japan (design)
ESAD Reims, France (design)
NBU, Bulgaria (packaging)

American schools

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (architecture)
Cooper Union, NYC (architecture)
RISD, Providence, RI (design)
School of Visual Arts, NYC (packaging, visual communication)
Yale, New Haven, CT (photography)
Art Center College Of Design, Pasadena, CA (visual communication)
Parsons School of Design, NYC (design, photography)
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (packaging)
Washington University, St. Louis, MO (architecture)

So, what does this say about US design students?  Well for one thing, we’re playing in the same league as the best in the world.  Our educational institutions are providing students with the skills and tools to successfully compete with leading contemporary designers across the globe.  Also of importance are the variety of outstanding design programs in the U.S. from which students can achieve their goals.

Making Movie Magic

The lure of Tinseltown beckons many.  The moving image is something that infiltrates our everyday lives.  The study of it and creation of it is interdisciplinary and international, exposing students to worlds far beyond their classrooms.  Film combines imagination with technical knowledge, telling a story of truth or illusion with art and sound.

On July 25th the Hollywood Reporter announced the 2013 top 25 schools for film studies.  Only the second year of their ranking, the list is international in scope.  No surprise, USC (University of Southern California) came out #1 with AFI (American Film Institute) a close second.  Rounding out the top five are programs at the Beijing Film Academy, UCLA and New York University Tisch School of the Arts.  My suggestion is to consider the entire list for a comprehensive look at stellar programs.  Included are small and large schools alike.

What career options exist with a degree in Film Studies?  Many.   Besides the obvious director and producer are writer, editor, camera operator, cinematographer, grip and many others.  Research the schools listed and you’ll find more variety and opportunities.  An important tip: writing is a critical skill that will help you throughout a film career.  Remember that behind every successful film is a compelling story.

The Company You Keep: Top Design Educators

While I was searching through DesignIntelligence’s website I stumbled upon their list of most admired architectural and design educators.  Clearly, studying under the top educators in your field will have an impact on your education.  Think of understanding the nuances of your art form, the perspective of professionals and the contacts for future jobs.  They are all critical to future career success.

I’ve listed a few of DI’s top design professors, but suggest you check out the listing to learn more about each one.  Many work in a variety of fields.  I’d recommend googling the professors and schools that seem most interesting to you.  Let me know what you find.

Margo Jones, Professor and Interior Design Internship Coordinator, School of Building Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design

Randall Stauffer, Interior Architecture Chair and Professor, School of Architecture,
Woodbury University

Craig Vogel, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Professor and Director, Center for Design Research and Innovation, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, University of Cincinnati

Lisa Kinch Waxman, Professor, Department of Interior Design, Florida State University

John Weigand, Professor and Chair, Department of Architecture and Interior Design,
Miami University

Top Ranked Interior Design Programs

Each year DesignIntelligence, the Design Futures Council’s bi-monthly report on future design trends, ranks America’s Top Architectural and Design Schools.  Design leaders rely on DesignIntelligence for their comprehensive research as well as their insight into emerging design trends.  This year’s survey results have just been released.  Interior Design programs – both undergraduate and graduate are considered in their research – are listed below.

Interior Design, Graduate

1 Savannah College of Art and Design

2 Rhode Island School of Design

3 Pratt Institute

4 Cornell University (tied)

4 Parsons The New School of Design (tied)

Interior Design, Undergraduate

1 Savannah College of Art and Design

2 University of Cincinnati (tied)

2 Rhode Island School of Design (tied)

4 Pratt Institute

5 Auburn University

Do you agree with these rankings?  Let me know.  Regardless of whether you do or don’t, this is a great place to begin looking at the variety of interior design programs across the country.