In an age of interdisciplinarity, Art and Design Education is getting all mixed-up, unpredictable, strange and tasty. Modern Art and Design Education originated in Germany, with the Bauhaus, nearly a hundred years ago. After WWII, Art and Design Schools began to appear in the U.S., as a response to a growing academic demand of returning veterans and other Americans with interest in the Arts. Art Center is currently eighty-five years old. Otis College of Art and Design is approaching one hundred and RISD is one hundred and thirty-nine.
A suspense-filled drama is unfolding in art and design institutions with themes of relevance, viability and longevity. What’s the recipe for longevity in a digital culture? How do we take advantage of the disruption in higher education? Might reality television serve as disruptive way-finding to new Design Education models?