In a keynote speech at D&AD’s Xchange conference in London yesterday, Tutssel told the audience of designers and academics that there should be three-year foundation courses followed by a one-year specialism.
Tutssel tells Design Week, ‘I’ve been an assessor at arts colleges for a while, and am also involved with The Brand Union’s bursary scheme, so I am constantly working with students.
‘What I get from them is a feeling that the curriculum is so rigid that students don’t have time to experiment – for example, graphic designers should get a chance to work in photography or create a sculpture.’
Tutssel says his proposals were well-received by the crowd, with one member of the audience telling him he was ‘preaching to the converted’.
He adds, ‘What this needs now is a mini-debate or conference to take the issue forwards. There would be a lot of support from the design industry for reassessing the situation.’