NESTA – A Manifesto for the Creative Economy, April 2013
“What makes new information and communications technologies so economically powerful?
The answer is that their impacts are felt everywhere. Their persuasiveness is why economists consider them one of a small number of ‘general purpose technologies’ – like steam power and electricity – that change entire economic growth trajectories in industries that use them”.
With this in mind, Interact (interactive studios and innovation networks for future design careers) mobilises staff and students within the field of design practice, including communication design and interaction design. The project consortium comprising partners from the EU: London College of Communication at UAL (UAL) and the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX), and two Australian partners: The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) aims to develop better graduate outcomes for future practitioners.
This is a picture from the first staff mobility to Australia, which saw the EU partners visiting Australian partners. LCC staff, Ben Stopher and Joel Karamath are first 2 from left.
The three-year project started in October 2014 and is funded with the support from the European Union in the context of Bilateral Cooperation with Industrialised Countries. UAL and DMJX staff visited RMIT and QUT in Australia in February 2015. Joel Karamath, LCC – Talks About the First Exchange at QUT.
The project focuses on 4 main areas:
- Staff Exchange: building academic networks within the subject and facilitating an international perspective within the teaching of interaction design at undergraduate level;
- Student Exchange: allowing students to experience interaction design education in an international context and broaden both their aspirations and understanding of the subject;
- IXD Futures: scoping out what areas, such as designing for the ‘internet of things’ and exploring the possibilities of connected infrastructure will mean for our students;
- Globalised Careers: work-integrated learning and placements, which will provide highly valuable globalised exposure to professional practice.
Three LCC students are currently in Australia for a term. Next month, LCC and DMJX will welcome staff and students from RMIT and QUT.
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- Visit the INTERACT website
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