Mapping the Curriculum aims to develop visualizations, curriculum tools and in general use design methods to improve systems within the institution. Emily Carr University is composed of a number of faculties, each offering a variety of degrees and courses, where prerequisites and learning pathways overlap in some ways and diverge in others. With the university moving to a new campus in 2017 there is an opportunity for design thinking to support new visions for its curriculum.
The project team’s members included Katherine Gillieson, an Associate Professor of Communication Design in the Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media at Emily Carr, Stephan Garneau, a recent graduate of Emily Carr’s Communication Design degree program and Dol C Imnamkhao, who also graduated from the Communication Design program at Emily Carr University.
The project began in January 2015 and was initialized by the office of the VP. It has since expanded both in specific outcomes and areas of inquiry. As much as the project has been directed by key members it has also provided opportunities for ownership by many of the stakeholders involved.
Points of analysis have included: the mapping of undergraduate programs (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Media Arts and Bachelor of Design); the relationship between Studio and Critical Studies, praxis and theory; curriculum planning at its highest level; registration and academic planning; and the distinctions and interrelationships between programs, administration, faculty, and students.
Throughout the design process we have gone through many iterative stages to design the final deliverables. The following selections provide some insight into the process: