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AI in Design Education: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

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The disparity between academic training and the job market in design education is arguably characterised by a mismatch in skills and expectations. Academic institutions often concentrate on theoretical knowledge and creative exploration, encouraging students to push the boundaries of design thinking. In contrast, the job market demands practical skills, technical proficiency, and an understanding of real-world constraints.

Role of AI in Bridging the Gap

As technology continues to advance Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionising various sectors, and design education is no exception. As we enter into a more advanced era of technology, it becomes important to integrate AI into design curricula to ensure students are well-equipped for the future.

The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into design education marks a significant shift in how future designers are trained, blending theoretical knowledge with practical skills in unprecedented ways. Let’s know more about this from Sagar Gupta, Director (Growth) of The Design Village (TDV).

Growth of AI in Education

As per the report by Research and Markets, the global AI in education market is projected to grow from $1.1 billion in 2020 to $25.7 billion by 2030, with a 40.3% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR). This rapid growth signals a significant shift towards AI integration in educational practices. AI can play a pivotal role in addressing this gap. By incorporating AI tools and techniques into design education, institutions can provide students with hands-on experience and practical skills that are directly applicable in professional settings.

Benefits of AI in Design Education

AI-powered software can assist in various design processes, from ideation to prototyping, allowing students to experiment and innovate with greater efficiency and creativity. According to a survey by the World Economic Forum (WEF), 77% of education leaders believe AI will be beneficial in creating more personalised and effective learning experiences. The use of AI in education has been shown to increase student engagement and learning outcomes by up to 30%.

Global Initiatives and Policies

Governments worldwide are implementing policies to support AI integration in education, recognising its potential to enhance learning and prepare students for future challenges. India’s “AI for All” initiative, launched by NITI Aayog, aims to promote AI literacy and education at all educational levels. This initiative involves integrating AI modules into school and university curricula, to ensure that students develop the essential skills to succeed in a highly AI-driven world.

Source : India Today