Learning from Experience: Installation Art in Design Education


Abstract This study considers installation as an experiential learning method that supports design education. Providing active interactions with the environment, enabling a connection between theory, practice and requiring a pre-design phase, installation correlates with design practice. Moreover, it not only provides the opportunity for students to freely express themselves but also contributes to the point of acquiring space with new dimensions. In current literature, installation is considered a branch of art; yet, there are no academic studies regarding its effects on educational outputs. Regarding this aspect, after a literature research about the topic, the study consisted of an installation workshop organized with interior design students, which was followed by the results of a related questionnaire. In this regard, the use of installation art in design education has been evaluated; leading subjects in the steps of idea production, reflection, practice and its potential contributions to students have been put under debate.