Empower everyone to learn design through modular courses and learning communities

Recommendation 5
Empower everyone to learn design through modular courses and learning communities

design educationn

In line with the Design 2025 vision of developing design as a national skillset, more opportunities can be created for the public to learn and apply design-led creative thinking. While there are many existing design programmes offered by the IHLs and other training providers, these are typically focused on preparing professional designers for work. New courses and programmes with lower barriers to entry will provide opportunities for more people, including those without design backgrounds, to learn about design and develop design sensibilities. This can be part of the range of lifelong learning opportunities offered through modular courses in the SkillsFuture Series.

a. Create more modular courses in emerging design domain areas

The DERC recommends that more modular courses in emerging design domains be offered to individuals at all stages of learning—from beginner to intermediate to advanced levels—to learn critical skills in design concepts and design literacy. This is particularly so in the domains of Service or Experience Design, Business Design, Strategic Design and Design Research. A variety of modular courses in design offer individuals the flexibility to make decisions based on their needs and interests.

b. Promote lifelong learning in design

It takes time to acquire knowledge and subject matter expertise in design. The DERC recommends that efforts in promoting lifelong learning in design skillsets be ramped up through ground-up learning communities throughout Singapore. These communities will serve as a space for people to exchange ideas and inspire one another to learn about design. In addition, the DERC recommends leveraging existing national movements such as the SkillsFuture Festival to raise public awareness of design as an important life skill. By developing a culture of lifelong learning, different groups of people—from the general public to design experts—can learn about and appreciate design and its application in real- world contexts.

Advancing design education in Singapore together

This report outlines strategies to help all Singaporeans appreciate the value of design and apply it to their work and everyday lives through education and training. The DERC hopes that these recommendations will help further develop Singapore’s design education system to offer innovative ways for all to learn design, with high-quality programmes that are facilitated by forward-looking and industry-relevant design educators and CET trainers. Realisation of these strategies requires key stakeholders, including the IHLs, public service agencies, and industry to come together. Singaporeans must also take ownership of their personal education. As more citizens appreciate design as an important skillset rather than purely an aesthetic discipline, it will help bring the economy to the cutting-edge of innovation and make Singapore a more liveable and loveable city.



The DERC’s fifth recommendation is to empower everyone to learn about design through modular courses and learning communities. This is in line with the Design 2025 vision of developing design as a national skillset. 

This can be achieved through:
a. Creating more modular courses in emerging design domains; and
b. Promoting lifelong learning in design through learning communities.