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3/19/12 4:33 PM
A new report says design schools can be catalysts for economic

Center for an Urban Future

NYC Design Schools: Catalysts for Economic Growth?

NYC schools issued 4,278 design and architecture designs in 2010 compared to 1,769 in LA, 1,552 in Chicago, 1,342 in SF, and 1,128 in Boston. Source: Center for an Urban Future.Editors Note: Design Observer does not typically print press releases. This report, however, struck us as widely relevant to many of our readers, and so this is the full text of a press release received this morning.

Design schools may be the real engines of New York City’s innovation economy, according to a new report published today by the Center for an Urban Future, a Manhattan based think tank.

The report reveals that New York City graduates more than twice as many students in design and architecture as any other city in the country and finds that the city’s leading design schools—including Parsons The New School for Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts (SVA)—have become critical catalysts for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth.

While there has been much attention in recent months on the potential impact of a new applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island, the Center’s study shows that the city’s design universities are already playing a pivotal role in producing local start-ups. The report reveals that an astounding 129 of the 386 members (or one third) of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, a national association with members around the country, attended one of three New York City design schools: FIT, Parsons or Pratt. In addition, according to national data, nearly 20 percent of all Pratt, Parsons and SVA graduates went on to start their own businesses—a much larger percentage than design schools elsewhere.

Graduates of NYC’s design schools founded many of New York’s most visible and influential design firms, including Studio Daniel Liebeskind, Diller Scofidio Renfro, SHoP Architects, Smart Design, Ralph Applebaum Associates, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan International. Read More


One Step Beyond: Making the most of postgraduate education

1. Over the last twelve years, the number of people undertaking postgraduate education
in the UK has grown 36% – faster than the growth in the undergraduate sector over
the same period. Now, almost a quarter of students in UK Higher Education Institutions
(HEIs) are studying at postgraduate level and half of international students studying in
the UK are taking a postgraduate qualification. Read More…


Postgraduate Strategy for Britian PDF


Postgraduate study is an integral and crucial part
of the activities, opportunities and qualifications provided
by the UK’s universities. For some occupations in the
private and public sectors, these qualifications are
a key pre-entry requisite. In other areas, postgraduate
study provides individuals with an opportunity to improve
their employment opportunities, be the innovators of tomorrow, contribute to businesses, improve outcomes, organisation and practice and develop the solutions required to resolve global and societal challenges.

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working to solve complex problems
in higher education through research
and evidence-based policy.
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