The RCA Study 'Design in General Education'

  • Ken Baynes Royal College of Art, London


The Department of Design Research at the Royal College of Art has been asked by the Department of Education and Science to carry out a study aimed at increasing public awareness of design by means of encouraging design activities in secondary schools. The results of the study are required by the end of 1975.

The basic hypothesis upon which the study is based is that design awareness represents an important area for educational development. Th is is the key argument. In a paper given to the DES Horncastle Conference in 1973, Professor L Bruce Archer, who is leading the study, presented a three stage analysis to show that, in fact, 'a massive broadening and deepening of design education in secondary schools today is overwhelmingly the most important urgent need for the survival as well as the happiness of mankind'.

How to Cite
BAYNES, Ken. The RCA Study 'Design in General Education'. Studies in Design Education Craft & Technology, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, aug. 2009. ISSN 0305 766. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 28 may 2023.