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Cooking lessons, dressing up as Disney characters and a virtual mass dance on Tik Tok. These were some of the activities dreamt up by students from Methodist Girls’ School (MGS) as part of MGS Stay Creative! project. It was initiated for students to showcase their ideas that nurtured the joy of learning and sense of togetherness during Singapore’s circuit breaker period earlier this year. This is just one of the many stories that will be shared at the second Design Education Summit.

DesignSingapore Council (Dsg), in partnership with the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre, presents the 2nd Design Education Summit, a platform for educators and students to get updated on the best practices in design education.

Rethinking Design projects in a post-pandemic world, Using technology to enhance creativity in education, and the Design of learning experiences using play: these are some themes of stories shared by educators around the world, that will be celebrated at the 2nd Design Education Summit.

Attend the Summit on 4 February 2021, to be inspired by success stories of design education, learn about the latest trends and collaborate with other educators and industry professionals. Walk away with creative ideas and an expanded network that will serve to benefit the design education of students.

This convening platform is part of Dsg’s Design Industry Manpower Plan, and will support educators and design professionals in sharpening design education in Singapore and internationally, starting from building awareness and nurturing design mindsets in the young, to developing their skills and deepening their abilities.


Mr Lawrence Wong

Minister for Education and
Second Minister for Finance

Mr Lawrence Wong

Who Should Attend?


Principal, Vice-principal, Head of School, Head of Department, Level Head, Subject Head, Year Head, School Managers

Students who are interested in learning and teaching by design

Policy Makers, Curriculum Officers, Assessment Officers, Career Guidance Officers, Educational Psychologists, Superintendents of School, Directors, Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors

Master Teachers, Senior Teachers, Lead Teachers, Teachers, Lecturers, Career Counsellors

CEO, CIO, CFO, Chairman, School Advisory Board Members, Trustees, Director


Pre-schools, Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Special Education (SPED) Schools, Junior Colleges & Centralised Institutes, Polytechnics, Institutes of Technical Education and Universities

Pre-schools, Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Art Institutes, Colleges

Universities Associations & Other Private Organisations


What You Will Learn

Adopt cutting-edge strategies on how to transform design education.


Network with industry practitioners, as well as educators as they share their journeys in design education and practice.

Explore how to use futures thinking as a framework to imagine new possibilities for design education.

Nurture a creative and growth mindset in students through insights and sharpen their design sensibilities to help them gain a better appreciation of how design can impact their daily lives.

Understand how students are at the heart of education and how to design for them.

Build mindsets to drive change within education by harnessing the teacher’s creativity and beliefs.

Discover the power of an idea and how it is capable of impacting our actions and future.


For Stories

The Call for Stories for this summit has closed. Selected educators and students will be given an opportunity to present and share their work at the Design Education Summit. We are still keen on hearing stories from educators and students, in both public and private education institutes from across the world. Please write to [email protected] if have a story to share.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Design Education Summit 2021 is a full-day virtual summit on 4 February 2021. Registered delegates will receive the login details at least 2 weeks before the event date.
  2. If you have registered but have not received any confirmation email, please email us with the Registered Name and Email Address to [email protected]
  3. The full programme can be found on

This summit is for all educators who are interested in understanding the importance of design and wish to learn new teaching approaches. The Summit will cover a wide range of topics such as how to build 21st century skills, and social emotional learning, to advancing visual thinking skills to spark curiosity, fun and conversation with children to ignite their creativity, empathy and communication skills.

You will get an opportunity to learn from and interact with industry leaders who will share with you skills and knowledge required to prepare you for your future career.

The sessions will be conducted in English. Specific to the workshops, in the spirit of teamwork and collaboration, fellow delegates who are fluent in English will help you along.

Yes. You will need a digital device (e.g. smartphone/tablet) with good internet connection to attend the plenary sessions. However, for the workshop, as it is interactive, joining via tablet or mobile is not recommended. You will need to have a desktop computer or laptop that you can comfortably work on.

All registered delegates will be able to access the videos after the Summit. More information will be provided post-Summit.

As the Summit is completely virtual, the Summit pack will greatly elevate your experience. However, if you are uncomfortable with providing your mailing address, but would still like the pack, kindly email us with the Registered Name and Email Address to [email protected].