This morning, I read an article by David Airey, author of Logo Design Love, on what graphic design schools are lacking and how to improve their course offerings.

I was a little surprised to find myself quoted in the article, having submitted a comment to a previous post on his blog, posing this very question.

First-year students should be put through a rigorous programme of calculus, economics, history, composition, and public speaking. The goal would be to produce first a thinker, a professional, a businessperson, and an educated individual. Only then will traditional design “training” begin. And yes, a lot of people would drop out. The phrase “in the real world” would be banned — this school would be very much a part of the professional world.

While the requests for improvements do vary a great deal, there are some recurring threads: more professional involvement including industry-practicing professors, exposure to live briefs, client contact even before graduating, and better training for pricing and running a business. There is also a desire for web design training, presumably from qualified instructors.

What are your thoughts? What are d-schools lacking in their curriculae and what changes would you make?