The department of graphic design at AUE organised its 6th International design conference (IDC) entitled “Design Education from physical classrooms to virtual spaces”

IDC aimed to examine the impact of crisis on design education and practice. Much research regarding online, or blended learning, has focused on theoretically founded learning areas, with less attention directed toward fundamentally practical learning areas, such as Design and Art Education. Leading designers and educators from all over the world explored, discussed and shared their experience and views of the challenges in transitioning to a blended model of curriculum delivery and explore potential solutions. Online webinars, design workshops and portfolio review sessions were provided provided.

From halting classes to delaying new construction projects, the pandemic has had a measurable impact on design education and practice. Quick adaptation to remote learning has kept schools afloat, but as we emerge from lockdown, the threat of the pandemic calls into question how academic facilities will accommodate our return. Will classes resume in-person, or online? Will social distancing measures impact class sizes?

Conference day 1 will took place on 9 Nov.

Conference day 2 will took place on 10 Nov.


About AUE /Department of Graphic Design at AUE
The American University in the Emirates (AUE) is committed to offering quality, multidisciplinary research and career-oriented academic degree programs that prepare students for successful employment and continuing higher education. The College of Design at AUE offers four creative programs that are designed to encourage students to research, conceptualise, create, and critique their own work while training them to develop the skills and knowledge required in the industry. The integration of theoretical concepts and practical experience prepares graduates to be innovators and leaders of the future who can contribute to the community on a wide scale.