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Make It NewThe History of Silicon Valley Design$
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Barry M. Katz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029636

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029636.001.0001

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Designing Designers

Designing Designers

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(p.117) 5 Designing Designers
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Make It New
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Barry M. Katz

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029636.003.0005

Having demonstrated the increasingly important role of design in the Silicon Valley “ecosystem of innovation,” we turn in this chapter to the academic institutions that have, over the last 60 years, assumed the task of training the next generation of designers. In order to explore alternative and competing approaches, it examines the philosophies of design education as they evolved in the context of an engineering school at an elite research university (Stanford), a public university with a populist mandate (San Jose State), and an art school (California College of the Arts). In each institution designers had to fight to establish the legitimacy of their curricula against the more established traditions of the fine arts, the applied arts, and the science-based engineering disciplines.

Keywords:   Design education, Stanford University, San Jose State University, California College of the Arts (California College of Arts and Crafts) academia

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