DS 95: Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2019), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. 12th -13th September 2019

Year: 2019
Editor: Bohemia, Erik; Kovacevic, Ahmed; Buck, Lyndon; Brisco, Ross; Evans, Dorothy; Grierson, Hilary; Ion, William; Whitfield, Robert Ian
Author: Borges, Afonso (1,2); Vicente, José
Series: E&PDE
Institution: 1: ID+, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal; 2: 2: Faculdade de Artes e Letras, Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã
Section: Changing Innovation Landscapes 1
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ISBN: 978-1-912254-05-7


A look at the international reference courses in the field of industrial design seems to reveal a significant concentration in developed regions with a high industrial and solid creative development, most usually in large cities, invigorated by a thriving business and supported in a dynamic cultural scene. This starting point implies the question of whether this context is mandatory or decisive to the existence of healthy higher education in industrial design.

This article seeks to present, explain and analyze an industrial design university program in an interior, non-industrial region, with a fragile economy and an aged population, trying to debate scientific, pedagogical and university extension features, namely community relations, course strategy, so this program can provide quality learning for future industrial designers in the global context, but at the same time promote the resilience and development of the region.

This paper aims to question, discuss and help answer these doubts, using as a case study the 1st and 2nd cycle courses in industrial design, promoted at the University of Beira Interior, located in Covilh

Keywords: Design Education, Industrial Design, Industrial Development, Low-Density Regions


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