The medium is the message: Decolonising the curriculum through textiles

Asked to reflect on issues around decolonising the curriculum, PGCert student and lecturer Nicola Truman began to explore her ideas through the creation of a textile piece that recognised the multicultural influences on western textile development and, more immediately, recognised the different cultures in her classroom – unifying them. She is at once reflecting on …

Communities of bad practice: resisting the ‘toxic’ university

"The language of crisis dominates the literature on the corporate university, urging us to act before it is too late. We are more optimistic, believing that resistance is alive and well" (The Slow Professor, 2016). With this comment in mind, Ray Martin confronts some facts around the breakdown of campus communities and offers suggestions for …

Call for papers: Learning Design in Creative Education

Although teachers in higher education have always designed learning experiences, most would not refer to themselves as ‘learning designers’. But while a core aspect of an academic’s role is to design learning experiences for students, the design work that university teachers undertake is poorly understood (Bennett, Agostino & Lockyear, 2017).  Although interest in learning design …

Exploring Education for Sustainable Development in creative disciplines

This article reviews literature to investigate the importance and wide benefits of fully integrating sustainability throughout Higher Education in creative disciplines. It looks at some ways that Education for Sustainable Development is proposed or already incorporated in creative education. It looks at how ESD can be integrated, particularly on Fashion Business courses, supported by Discovery …

How do international students learn critical theory best: through the traditional lecture approach, or through a “little and often” approach facilitated through short group discussions on given topics?

This paper aims to review the effectiveness of a learning intervention I designed for MA Illustration students, the majority international, by which they were introduced to bites sized chucks of critical theory which we would discuss as a group. The purpose was for these, which I called ‘the quotation of the day’, to be part …

What pandemic pedagogies teach us about the value of studio practice in illustration education

This article looks at the impact of COVID-19 on art and design education, the role of the studio and its relevance to illustration education in particular. Recent research papers are reviewed to identify issues arising from the sudden move to online teaching. Rhizomatic Theory is used to identify connectivity, collaborations and communities as being of …

How will the teaching of drama and acting in HE develop post pandemic?

In the article I look at hybrid/blended learning and discuss how it relates to the teaching of acting in Higher Education since the pandemic forced most teaching in HE online from March 2020. The article draws on five different case studies sourced from pedagogic literature that bring forth findings and examples of blended and online …

Affective relations in the studio: what does the future hold for studio-based pedagogies in fine art?

Abstract The loss of the studio across 2020 has presented numerous challenges for many creative arts disciplines in higher education. This article analyses recent literature to identify and assess the implications of Covid-19 (alongside wider sector contexts) upon studio-based pedagogies in fine art. The article questions how virtual learning has impacted communities of practice, and …

How can hybrid learning spaces be used to teach and learn Photography in higher education?

The global pandemic has shifted the Higher Education landscape of how we learn and teach, from physical campus spaces to virtual learning in invisible rooms. Hybrid learning can offer a culmination of physical and virtual spaces, developing new photographic pedagogical principles using technology. Educators and learners can work together to co-create a new kind of …