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Parallel Sessions - 26 November 2010

Photos by Eddie Gulc

Parallel Session 5


Manfredi presentation 1st page

Museum and University Collaborations: The V&A working in partnership with Universities

Leanne Manfredi
Programme Manager: Higher Education and Creative Industries, Victoria and Albert Museum

This presentation highlighted a number of collaborative projects between the V&A and practitioner based courses at London Universities. It is not an exhaustive survey of Higher Education across the Museum but focuses on the aims and outcomes of the first year of a jointly funded post by the V&A and Brighton University under the former CETLD (Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design) initiative. These projects explore the complex nature of HE/Museum collaborations, the difficulties of finding a common language and providing learning experiences for students undertaking a long term learning process.


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Researching Learning And Teaching In Art And Design

Dr Alison Shreeve
Head of School of Design, Craft and Visual Arts, Bucks New University

This presentation explored ways to start research into pedagogic practices in art and design. It was based on the experiences of the presenter and colleagues over the last twelve years. It addressed the importance of starting to evaluate issues in order to improve our own teaching practice and explored how research can be developed to create a culture of innovation and creative approaches to teaching and learning.

The thorny issue of ethics, research design and methodologies was briefly discussed. Examples of research projects and outcomes illustrated the many different ways that research can benefit our community and increase our effectiveness as teachers.

Parallel Session 6

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A productive relationship or just close friends? The creative industries and higher education in Wales

Trevor Harris
Lecturer in Interactive Media, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The Art, Design and Media subject committee in Wales has undertaken the Productive Relationships: Higher Education and the Creative Industries in Wales project, looking at the extent of the relationship between higher education and the creative industries in the Principality. The project report will highlight a plethora of innovative projects and connections that have hitherto been invisible to the Welsh Assembly Government and funding bodies, whilst case studies will support policy recommendations for the Creative Industries Strategy in Wales.

This paper highlighted material from the report, focusing on the Media Production programmes at Lampeter including student views gathered via the ADM facilitated Student Voice focus groups held across Wales as part of the project. The paper questioned whether employability skills and training are relevant to the HE sector or are implicit rather than explicit outcomes of the activities of our Art, Design and Media departments.

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Making the Creative Process Visible

Dr Natasha Mayo
Lecturer in Ceramics, Cardiff School of Art and Design

Making the Creative Process Visible is an ongoing research project examining tendencies and patterns in the ways ideas develop in art practice. Whilst there are clear examination criteria to analyse final outcomes, ways in which students can forge connections between properties, build upon them, recognize strengths and direct approach toward overriding expression, is taught in a far more implicit manner.

The basic premise is a simple assertion: that there are fundamental structures that enable the development of ideas and underpin most theoretical and subject related concerns. These structures are developed from an understanding of creative thinking which, according to Spearman’s psychological model, is essentially the ability to see or create relationships between things. In art, this is often characterised by the necessary shift we undergo when understanding inanimate properties of form and texture as having the capacity to connect with sensation and emotion. In the development of ideas, as we consider changing aesthetic attributes, moving properties, altering scale, in all such mental thrusts we are ‘educing correlates’, finding and refining connections. And as links are forged between properties a third potentially arises and so the language of invention takes place.

The material generated from this research currently includes: films identifying tendencies and patterns in the ways ideas develop across a diverse range of students work from BA to MA level, the modification and incorporation of these films into a interactive website, the development of ‘in conversation’ films, employing the same techniques across established artists work.

Outcomes arising from this research indicate greater student autonomy in the learning  experience, student-generated content for learning and teaching resources and greater integration of theory and practice.


Parallel Session 7


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Short text good because long text too good   (workshop)

Simon Bell
Course Director of BA Graphic Design, School of Art and Design, Coventry University

This workshop aimed to show how short texts can be more meaningful than long ones. It tackled the apparent frustrations and ambiguities of short texts by adding pictures to provide a dimension of plausible yet perhaps unexpected meaning. This delicate and tensile strength can be missing from long essays, whose formal structure and traditional protocols aim to make them satisfying and complete in themselves. Ironically, long essays can thus become quarantined from longer or broader relevance by being too good at what they do.

During the session, participants were invited to write a text which was strictly governed by three factors: time, layout and length. They were then asked to expand the text by adding imagery, but neither as rebus nor determinative: the imagery was used to negotiate nuance and suggestion.


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