National Conference on the Beginning Design Student 2018
The 34th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student will be held March 1-3, 2018 at the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati.
The theme of the 2018 conference is TIME. The conference, to be held at the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati, will focus on the ways in which the PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE are considered and engaged in beginning design education.
We encourage professionals, academics, researchers and students in any design or design-related field to participate.
Students begin their design education with diverse backgrounds and different sets of experiences and expectations. How is this diversity cultivated in the context of a beginning design curriculum? Should beginning design education serve as a formalized and unified reset for all students, regardless of their unique points of entry? Are homogeneity and heterogeneity both pedagogical goals in beginning design?
History and precedents are essential components of design education. How are these embedded in studio culture and curricular structure? How has the encyclopedic reach of the internet changed the study of history and the use of precedents?
TAKING TIME Focusing the Present
Time and attention are increasingly subject to interruptions - intentional, habitual or unexpected. Students are more than ever in the habit of multitasking, of incorporating multiple and simultaneous stimuli in their workspaces. How are these new realities affecting not only learning environments but also the character and quality of learning itself? Evidence abounds that solitude and long stretches of unimpeded concentration are necessary for the evolution of understanding, practices and skills. What is happening at the intersections of short time (interrupted) and expansive time (uninterrupted) in beginning design education?
Beginning design students are situated in institutions, which are in turn situated in communities. At what point do design students reach past the frame of the university and into the larger social, cultural and built context? What initiatives exist to facilitate or encourage this reach?
SHAPING TIME Imagining the Future
Many institutions incorporate professional experience as an integral part of design education. How much should the educational experience include industry experience? Where should the anticipation of and preparation for an employment future be situated in design education? How is deepening in the now related to planning for and tasting parts of what is to come?
In times of rapid technological, cultural and political change, design educators are readying students for an uncertain future. How are students prepared not only for success but also for failure? How are they taught to be adaptable? How are they taught to be responsible for their own lifetime of learning?
Call for Submissions Expand
Submissions Due (All Categories): October 1, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: November 1, 2017
Final Work Due (All Categories): January 15, 2018
Submissions should reflect the conference theme: TIME. All submissions should be tagged with one primary and two secondary keywords from the list below. The 2018 conference will include paper panels, special sessions, film/video screenings and performances. Use the specific template for each call to format your submissions. All submissions should have the correct title in the subject line of the submission email (as indicated in each template) and should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Abstracts
Abstracts for papers should be 500 words or less. All abstracts should be accompanied by 3 images that extend the argument of the abstract. Abstracts must accurately describe the content and intent of the full paper and conference presentation. Click here for Abstract Template.
Call for Special Paper Sessions
Special paper session proposals should be 500 words or less. List the names, titles and affiliations of the session chair and up to 4 panelists along with paper topics and abstracts. Click Here for Session Template.
Call for Short Film and Video Works
Film and video works should be a maximum of 10 minutes in duration and should be submitted using a password-protected Vimeo link. Click here for Video Template.
Submission fee: $20
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Call for Film and Video Panels
Special film and video panel proposals should be 500 words or less. List the names, titles and affiliations of the panel moderator and up to 4 filmmakers along with film/video titles, synopses and Vimeo links. Click here for Film and Video Panel Template.
Call for Performances
Short performances (1 - 10 minutes in overall duration) will be positioned throughout the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown Cincinnati on the evening of Friday, March 2 (https://www.contemporaryartscenter.org). All performance submissions must be site adaptable. Performance proposals should be 1000 words or less and should include performance title and description; names, titles and affiliations of performers; information about design concept and all requirements. Click here for Performance Template.
Call for Faculty Award Nominations
The NCBDS Faculty Award recognizes excellence in teaching, pedagogy, curriculum development and/or innovative project development within the formative years of a design student’s education. Nominations will be peer reviewed. Selection will be based on scholarship, innovation, clarity, contribution, and impact on beginning design education. Click here for Faculty Award Submission Template
**Registration Link Coming Soon
|Early||400||Until: November 15, 2017|
|Regular||425||Until: January 15, 2018|
|Late||450||Until: February 15, 2018|
| UC Rate
||(Enter Code)||Until: February 15, 2018|
Travel and Lodging Expand
Conference participants should book flights through CVG (Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, 25 minutes from downtown Cincinnati) or DAY (Dayton, 50 minutes from downtown Cincinnati).
There will not be a designated conference hotel. The majority of the conference will take place at the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati. Some conference events will be located in downtown Cincinnati.
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Conference Chairs Expand
Kate Bonansinga, Director of the School of Art and DAAP Conference Director
Kristyn Benedyk, Digital Media Collaborative
Emma Griffin, College Conservatory of Music
Conrad Kickert, School of Planning
Drew Klein, Performance Curator, Contemporary Arts Center
Samantha Krukowski, School of Design
Melanie Swick, School of Architecture and Interior Design
Jenny Ustick, School of Art
Marcos Novak is Director of the transLAB and Professor of Media Arts and Technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Novak is an architect, artist, composer and theorist who employs algorithmic techniques to design actual, virtual and hybrid intelligent environments. He is a pioneer in the field of transarchitecture.
Participants may chair one session, present one paper, present one performance, and/or screen one video/film. No participant may chair multiple sessions or present multiple papers, performances or films/videos.
All presenters and attendees must register for the conference—registration fees cover all conference costs.