Di Ruvo, Monica

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Monica Di Ruvo has a background in Interior Design and is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Applied Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Her research interests include interdisciplinary design studies and sustainable design and making in globalized digital economies.

Monica enjoys collaborating with staff, students, and other stakeholders towards achieving relevant academic excellence in a positive and responsive environment.

Monica Di Ruvo

Nomads and Narratives: Navigating personal and professional literacies in design education

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Design Education Research

South African students in higher education face many challenges other than the requirements of the academic programme. This places additional demands on academic staff tasked with delivering specialised content in support of student success rates. In response, we have introduced a subject intended to support first-year design students in navigating studio and theory subjects in a trans-disciplinary way. This subject covers academic, personal and professional literacies. Personal and professional literacies are the subject of this investigation, in which we question how we can support students in preparation for fast-changing future environments?

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DEFSA promotes relevant research with the focus on design + education through its biennial conferences, to promote professionalism, accountability and ethics in the education of young designers

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