The Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) formally recognises excellence in both design teaching and study throughout design education and has established a Course Endorsement Programme to differentiate those courses which clearly prepare and develop students to practice design to the highest, professional standards, as recognised by CSD, and offer transparent routes “From Learning to Earning™”.
The Course Endorsement Programme aims to:
Recognise professional status by mapping course content, delivery and output against the criteria and competencies of the CSD Genetic Matrix™
Promote professionalism throughout Design Education internationally, at all levels of learning with support from the professional body for design
Foster understanding between education and industry to enable a strong two way flow of information and knowledge, facilitating valued design education
Deliver a programme of endorsement that is not a burden for education and is supported by industry
Whether recruiting from Beijing or London, employers and design commissioners can distinguish candidates from a CSD Course Endorsement Programme as having had a learning experience that provides the competencies and professionalism to work in design practice, whilst education institutions can differentiate their learning programmes through endorsement by the professional body for design.
WHY A CSD COURSE ENDORSEMENT PROGRAMME?
Within the creative and design industries there is a demand for a quality control mechanism to differentiate courses for employers, one which clearly recognises the industries need for professional standards, skills and levels of creativity, without imposing additional bureaucracy on Education.
As the professional body for design, CSD is well positioned to represent not only its members but the wider design community by providing a professional accreditation programme across design which meets the needs of the profession and industry, enables education to deliver fit for purpose design learning and is practical, benefitting all those involved; education institutions, students, employers, industry, the profession and society as a whole.