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VOICE OF DAE

Design academy is not only what it seems to be.

An insight into the lives of students / An open letter to DAE school board

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Above all else, Design Academy is a school. The core of the school are the students. Students who have basic needs in order for their education to happen:

Accessible working space, sufficient modern workshops and available facilties, organized classes, ability to have feedback without a fight for attention, ability to use time efficiently without waiting and queuing infront a workshop or a class, to store the work without a threat of it being thrown away; to use school as a permanent work space. . .

This year, for the entire month of October, all the students were asked to empty out the school of their projects and belongings, in order to move into another building. Thus freeing the space for the Graduation Show. The second location has nothing to do with a design school, meaning no basic facilities, no fully working Internet, no workshops or even no heating or proximity to food. Consequently, some teachers decided to give classes in city center cafes.

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Are we soon going to offer our homes to be able to receive our education?

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Classes that still take place in the second location turn into a disorganized Non Sense. The efficiency and quality of work during this time logically drops to almost0%. Meanwhile, the Witte Dame turns into a design spectacle: education furniture disappears, the walls and floors are being repainted, creating the illusion of a museum. While the show proudly presents the graduates, the current students get deliberately hidden from the public. The visitor enters a clean, slick space and gets amazed by the image that school building mediates: innovative, advanced, modern and hype.

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THE MAINTAINING OF THIS CHERISHED IMAGE COSTS US OUR EDUCATION

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Today the image is the main concern of the Design Academy board in terms of both investments or attention. Throwing fancy parties with free alcohol through out the year, while our workshop hours and abilities get even more reduced and restrained, is unacceptable.

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Shouldn’t your concern be, after all, us, the students?

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Any school should prioritize the well being of its current students and not put all of their effort and money into the image of the school’s success. Being satisfied with “average facilities” is not a way to achieve greater level for coming graduation shows. Accepting more students in a time of economical crisis might bring in more money, but it is significantly decreasing the level of our education.
At Design Academy the board is not even trying to understand how our education works. Every department has a different way of organizing their classes, though it seems that only the concerned people (students and teachers) know what’s actually going on. The decisions that are made by the board are based on assumptions, but never on thorough investigation.

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A school must focus on improving the education of their students, rather than keeping up the illusion of it’s perfect ‘conceptual’ image.

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After years of empty promises, it’s time for you, people who manage our lives, to actually care. Put aside the school’s image, until you’ve made any real improvements to the quality of
OUR EDUCATION!

Source: www.facebook.com/voiceofDAE
Date of publication: 22 October 2014

 

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