Rochester Instutue of Technology (UNITED STATES)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN23 Proceedings
Publication year: 2023
Page: 22 (abstract only)
ISBN: 978-84-09-52151-7
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2023.0016
Conference name: 15th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 3-5 July, 2023
Location: Palma, Spain
The undergraduate population in the graphic design program is over 200 students. It is therefore critical and challenging to create and nurture a strong sense of community and inclusiveness among this diverse group of students. To address this challenge, the faculty has created a week-long celebration of graphic design in a conference style format. Graphic Design Week is a four-day experience held early in the fall semester that includes students at all academic levels, all graphic design faculty, external faculty, design professionals, and alumni. The conference style format includes in person hands-on and digital workshops, social events and community-building activities, presentations by design experts, and interactions via zoom.

The process of organizing Graphic Design Week is much like planning a design conference on a much smaller scale. Faculty and alumni submit abstracts for workshops or activities, which are selected based on diversity of format, approach, content, learning outcome, value to student learning, and enhancing program objectives. External faculty, other alumni, and practicing designers are also contacted to submit proposals to supplement the options provided by our faculty.

Once this process is complete, the schedule is created around the existing weekly schedule of classes. Students are expected to attend their usual classes with the special workshops offered by their instructors or guests, and extra seats are opened for each class session to accommodate other interested students or faculty.

The benefits of this event are numerous: students and faculty get to know and work with each other in a relaxed environment, and students learn new skills that are not in the normal class setting. Most importantly, the diverse population of participants become a community unified toward a common purpose.
Community, diversity, graphic design, conference, program.