Tasarım + Kuram, vol.12, no.22, pp.55-68, 2016 (National Refreed University Journal)
This study focuses on adaptation process and difficulties that freshmen design students have during their first year at design education. Based on a survey responses of 56 first year design students from Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Industrial Design and Architecture departments of Kadir Has University Faculty of Art and Design; the article claims that students have difficulties in the process of transition from high school education, which is based on memorization, teacher centred activities, single solution oriented questions and targeted at the university exam; towards a design education requires creativity, multiple solutions, student led projects.
The survey indicates that participated students have difficulties on creative thinking, problem solving, iterating new solutions and expressing their ideas through drawings. At this point, the article proposes an experience based learning module instead of conventional presentations of design professions. Such an education module targeting high school students would ease their adaptation to a design curriculum.