It sure was! It wasn't my favourite at the time but I am glad that I learned about it.
No. But I've made it since I started getting into concept art a few years back.
Yep—I've taken Art History classes since high school. In college I've taken a couple surveys spanning the course of time and a few specific areas, such as Modern American Art and Methods and Theories of Art.
I also just started reading Design for the Real World: Human Ecology & Social Change, which offers some really interesting historical input on the development of design—especially interesting since it's from the 80's.
Thank you for sharing, Arix! I've seen that book at the book store and will have to pick it up!
Yep. Three broad art history survey classes, at least one additional deep dive art history, and one design history course that ranged from about arts & crafts movement to today. I remember you could elect to take an additional three or so deep dive art history classes in lieu of art studio electives like ceramics or printmaking, etc. and they would all count toward that same credit.
Thanks for the response Sarah! And you've raised a whole different interesting question -- were studio electives part of the curriculum!
Sorry for my late reply- but yes, we had mandatory Art department credits (could be a high-level art history or an art studio class) along with our mandatory Design curriculum and Design studio classes (could range from Magazine/Publication to Illustration to Letterpress, etc.) This was at Auburn University, by the way. When I graduated they had just hired a new dean so it's possible that things have changed now, but this is how it was done when I went through the program.
Yes. I was required to take more Art History classes than actual Design classes.
Thanks for the response Jared! I'm also interested in the relationship between art history vs. design history classes, but I think that deeper dive is for another time.
Yes – several courses. Art Appreciation (core curriculum requirement), Art History 1, 2, and 3 (art major requirements) as well as History of Graphic Design (design focus requirement). Nice survey, I'll share it with my designer friends.
Thanks for the response Duane, and thank you for sharing! I'm already at over 200 responses, so hopefully we'll see some worthwhile data.
It looks like 20 – 25 people in my FB group replied to your survey today.
Design (and some art) history is what I feel is one of the most important things I've learned so far, especially in UI design where we tend to live in a bubble. It taught me: the true potential of typography, which the web still hasn't taken full advantage of; how art and design intersect, how some countries form not just a series of brilliant designers but a complete culture of design, and how design/art trends/movements start and end.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Laurens! I think there's value there too, and want to see how common it is to have that involved in design education.
Please share with as many designers as you can. I'll share the results in a comment here and on twitter (@drewacreative). If the results are substantial I'll be doing a write-up as well.
Good luck with your research!
Thank you Chantal! I've received over 100 responses so far, thank you all for participating!
There is an issue with your form. For question 3 I answered no, but then the following 2 questions (with one being required) are not relevant/unanswerable, and therefore should not be displayed to anyone who answers no (using conditional logic).
the pay tier will have the logic jump, maybe he's not on the paid tier :D
Yes, Jonathan is right, I didn't spring for the paid tier. I apologize for those who are stuck with superfluous questions!
You should have not made those questions required. As this meant I would not fill out the form for not wanting to asque your data.
Thank you to the 278 of you who responded to the survey! I'm still taking responses and will make an updated post detailing the results soon. As of today the results are as follows:
Total responses: 278
Are you a graphic designer?
- Yes: 96%
- No: 4%
Are you practicing as a designer?* - Yes, professionally: 86% - Yes, semi-professionally or part-time: 7% - Yes, non-professionally: 4% - Yes, as a student or educator: 9% - No, but I am a designer: 1% - No, I'm not a designer: 1%
Have you been educated as a designer?* - Yes, some courses (any level): 1% - Yes, self-taught: 34% - Yes, some college/university: 11% - Yes, college/university: 55% - Yes, post-graduate: 1% - Yes, continuing education: 9% - Yes, relevant pre-college education: 6% - No, I haven't been educated in design at any capacity: 5% - No, I'm still not a designer: 0.4%Other : 1%
If you were educated as a designer, did this education include any art or design history courses?* - Yes, and they were mandatory: 62% - Yes, but they were voluntary: 10% - Yes, and they were self-taught: 14% - No, I chose not to take any: 7% - No, they were not available: 10% - No, I'm still very much not a designer: 2% - Other: 2%
How important is art or design history knowledge important to your practice as a designer? - Highly Unimportant: 3% - Unimportant: 7% - Unsure: 14% - Important: 44% - Highly Important: 32%
*Multiple answers were accepted