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Welcome to the Design Issues Group (DIG) website. We have been a part of the National Art Education Association since 2002. We started as the Built Environment Issues Group but officially changed to the Design Issues Group (DIG) in 2007 to more accurately indicate our broad range of design interests and issues. Two key attributes of DIG are to facilitate and provide opportunities for collaborating and networking among NAEA members, individuals outside of our organization, and other organizations who promote the teaching of design in preK-12 art education programs across the United States. Continued... see greeting
Pictures taken by: Karen Bernier Cast
Statement on Design Education
The visual arts, in relation to other academic areas, provide the best opportunity to study images, objects, spaces, and experiences. A comprehensive Visual Arts Program provides insight into similarities and differences between products and processes associated with crafts, fine arts, media arts, and design, all of which heighten meaning, value, function, and pleasure in our lives. Design education presents unique opportunities for learning and is an essential component of a comprehensive visual arts program. Design is the application of knowledge and skills to intentionally shape and create messages, things, places, and experiences that are useful, practical and aesthetic. Design education engages students in processes, products, histories, and critical sensibilities associated with design. Design education involves students in interdisciplinary problem-solving that draws upon the sciences and humanities to address both present and anticipated problems, questions, and issues.