Over a Decade of Industrial Design Education in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England
Randall N. Bartlett, IDSA, Associate Professor | Auburn University
During the spring of 1995 our department began to explore the possibility of a study aboard
program for our students. I was assigned this task. Ireland was the first country recommended
partly because the predominately English speaking and because of an affiliation with an
American professor who was serving as dean of a private at college, the Burren College of Art,
located on the western coast of the country. This was the first contact, which provided information about their school and additional information about colleges in Ireland that taught industrial design.
Several phone conversations later, I introduced myself to department heads and faculty members
at four colleges. All most all of the department heads and faculty knew their counter parts at the
other schools, which assisted in helping me to plan our inaugural trip. Each of the four schools
agreed to share studio space for one to two weeks and helped to develop the first collaborative
projects. Also, the representatives from each school provided recommendations for budget
accommodations which where within walking distance from their campuses...