How to Be a Design Student (and How to Teach Them)


Designer, artist, and educator Mitch Goldstein's experience as student and teacher gives guidance and inspiration to help students get the most out of design school.

Life as a design student is filled with questions. Rochester Institute of Technology Associate Professor of Design Mitch Goldstein has answers, shared in clear, clever, and sage advice that is helpful for students at any level of their education, as well as anyone thinking about attending design school and wondering what it's really all about.

For design students and art professionals, Goldstein is a brilliant resource for real-world thoughts about design school and creative practice. Drawing on 16 years of teaching design and his popular "Dear Design Student" Twitter project, Goldstein explores all aspects of how to get the most out of the school experience, and beyond as a creative professional.

From collaboration and critiques to practice and process, this is an inspiring roadmap for design students as well as a valuable guide for design professors to help them understand how to shape curriculum from a student's perspective and better the collaborative experience.

Goldstein's essays cover the reasons for attending design school, what one can expect from classes, the kinds of typical assignments, how critiques work, the daily expectations of students, and how to translate ideas into successful client projects. Goldstein also offers guidance on how to create work in school that will lead to job opportunities and further career development.

With a foreword by Jarrett Fuller

Edited by Jennifer N. Thompson
Designed by Mitch Goldstein

Published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2023

Softcover, 176 pages, b&w with color diagrams, 5.5 × 8 in.

ISBN: 978-1-79-722229-5

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