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EDTI: European Design Training Incubator

The European Design Training Incubator (EDTI) is a new 24-month (Jan 08 - Dec 09) EU network project within the Leonardo da Vinci programme. EDTI covers the whole range of learning focused on professional practice in design.

By benchmarking design education and training in the context of the lifelong learning, the core idea behind EDTI is to establish a common European platform where design-related organisations can audit existing training provision, identify needs and share and coordinate training development and its implementation.

Under the coordination of ‘design innovation’, the 6 partners were chosen because of their specific expertise in the field, they are

- BUSINESS SUPPORT CENTRE for SMEs – Ruse (Bulgaria)
- CIRTES (France)
- GRAYS SCHOOL OF ART, the Robert Gordon University (UK).

The vision of EDTI is to support the creative industries in Europe through design training and education.

Designers; rate how well you are educated!In 2005, in the Business of Design survey, the UK Design Council stated that 90% of design businesses who recruited direct from college are either completely or quite satisfied with new staff. The same survey indicates that only 40% of designers have a degree or an equivalent qualification. In some regions, unemployment among designers is high, specifically those who do not have a degree.

Discussions with designers show they are satisfied with their education but that there are some missing skills. Designers feel their clients do not know enough about design. These figures, facts and perceptions led the European Design Training Incubator (EDTI) to launch this new survey, asking designers and clients to rate how well designers are educated for the job.

Highlighting areas for new design course and skills development

In this survey EDTI asks designers to rate how well they are educated or trained to meet the needs of the profession. Standards of design education are rising and, more and more, attention is being given to design research and to the employability of design graduates. But, how relevant is design education after a few years in an ever changing field ? The intention of this EDTI survey is to provide design educational institutions with insights into specific skill areas that could provide a focus for developing new courses for design students, practicing designers or managers of design projects.

Four main audiences: students, graduates, designers and non-designersBecause training/education needs can be different, EDTI is focussing the ‘Rate how well you’re educated’ survey on four specific audiences: design students, design graduates (less than 3 years out of school), designers (practicing designers or designers looking for a (new) job) and non-designers (the designers counterpart on the client side).

Two ranges of questions

The ‘Rate how well you’re educated’ survey is organised around two main questions :

  1. Looking at your current situation, rate how well your education prepared you for management of design business, management of design projects , software and other areas of practice?
  2. Rate how well your education prepared you for your professional practice : how to find a job; present yourself, your expertise and your portfolio; start and run your own business; acquire professional practice; and how (and how much) to get paid.


How to participate ?

Participation is easy. Participants can go to in the ‘Survey’ area and click on the appropriate survey. It takes only a few minutes. Results can be seen immediately online.


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