08 March 2006
Montreal (Canada) - Canada, China, Turkey and the United States have all expanded their representation in the Icograda Education Network.
Montreal (Canada) - Canada, China, Turkey and the United States have all expanded their representation in the Icograda Education Network. The network now includes 77 schools in 28 countries around the globe.

The graphic design program at the Sault College in Canada provides students with a broad range of skills for a career in the printed and electronic communication industry. First-year students are provided with a strong foundation in the development of creative and technical skills and professional working habits. Second- and third-year students solve increasingly complex visual design and production problems using a variety of media and methods. In the final semester, students are introduced to the offset printing industry and are given the opportunity to design and print their own self-promotional designs at a printing firm.

Xiamen University in China was founded in 1921 by Tan Kah Kee, the well-known patriotic overseas Chinese leader. It was the first university in China founded by an overseas Chinese. At present it is the only key comprehensive university directly affiliated with the Education Ministry in any of the five special economic zones and is one of China 's higher-level universities designated for the state key construction of the 211 Project and the 985 Project . Xiamen University has established inter-university cooperative ties with 89 institutions of higher education outside mainland China . By establishing academic ties with 24 universities and colleges, 63 research institutes and 34 media outlets in Taiwan, Xiamen University has become one of the universities in mainland China most actively engaged in educational, scientific, and cultural exchanges with Taiwan.

Bilgi University in Istanbul was host to the 2004 Icograda Design Week. Established in 1997, the Istanbul Bilgi University Visual Communication Design Department aims at educating the designers of tomorrow with the expertise first to conceive the most compelling visual problems then dwell upon them systematically, applying their practical media skills together with theoretical knowledge so as to offer creative solutions. At the end of this challenging process, students become adept in advancing the applications of developing technologies in daily life. Towards the fulfillment of this mission, the program is designed to equip the students with a professional and comprehensive training in visual media while endowing them with the required liberal arts education.

UCLA's Department of Design and Media Arts in the United States is committed to educating responsible designers and artists for the information age by teaching the fundamentals of Design, Media, and the Arts, and encouraging experimentation and innovation. Providing an extensive education in Design and Media Arts practice, history and criticism, the department fosters a critical and creative exploration of emerging forms of visual communication, typographies, interaction and interface design, ubiquitous computing, virtual environments, information spaces, networked agents and all other pertinent areas of research.

The University of Florida's School of Art & Art History is part of the challenging academic climate found at UF, one of the largest comprehensive research universities in the United States. It provides an excellent backdrop to teach design in the context of ideas. The BFA program emphasizes concept development and application, work with clients, theory, and collaborative studio work. The MFA program emphasizes the application of theory to the practise of design within the context of cultural studies. The University of Florida is particularly interested in emerging cross-cultural and international issues. Faculty encourage a rich mix of interests and experiences, and support innovative and creative thinking so students may positively contribute to the discipline.

For further information please contact:

Brenda Sanderson
Icograda Director
455 Saint Antoine Ouest, Suite SS10
Montreal, QC
Canada H2Z 1J1

The Icograda Education Network (IEN) brings together the worldwide community of graphic design educational institutions. The IEN was inaugurated at a meeting in Brno, Czech Republic, in June 2002 attended by 73 delegates from 28 countries.

In 2006, the Icograda will conduct two international student workshops as part of its Design Week activities and facilitate a symposium on best practises on archiving visual communications.

For more information on the Icograda Education Network, contact