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Effective work-based learning in Art, Design and Media 2008


Theme and Rationale

The Government has an increasing emphasis on flexible modes of delivery, including Work-Based Learning as important mechanisms for achieving the realisation of the UK's higher skills agenda, and for delivering better productivity levels and economic growth. (Leitch Review 2006).
In 2001-02 Foundation degrees were set up by HEFCE with the then Department for Education and Skills (DfES), as a new two-year higher education qualification. They aim to give people the intermediate technical and professional skills that are in demand from employers, and to provide more flexible and accessible ways of studying.
This project will focus on the engagement of employers in the successful delivery of work-based learning in Art, Design and Media in Higher Education, with particular reference to Foundation degrees, and identify case studies which will highlight specific models of good practice.

Aim

To identify models of good practice in the development and delivery of work-based learning in Art Design and Media.
Objectives:
(1)     To identify what aspects of learning in art, design and media programmes, particularly in Foundation degrees are effectively delivered through collaboration with creative industry.
(2)    To examine ways in which educational institutions, creative industries and other agencies work effectively to develop the curriculum and work-based learning.
(3)    To identify different approaches which will then be written up as case studies and which can be shared with a wider audience.
 

Overall approach

The project will be funded jointly through the Higher Education Academy Art, Design, Media Subject Centre (ADM-HEA) and the South-West region of fdf .
4 delivery partners will lead the research. The delivery partners all have:
•    A track record of engagement with the HE Academy, fdf and Creative networks
•    Offer good regional coverage of the SW England RDA region.
•    Have a track record of delivering educational research and development projects.

Project outputs and milestones

The project will have 3 strands each with its own milestone: A survey is to be undertaken within each Institute which highlights the various different employer engagement and work-based learning activities that take place. This will focus on Foundation degrees but can also include BA Hons degree courses. The inclusion of University College Falmouth which does not provide Foundation degrees, will act as a control.

1.    Survey

A survey is to be undertaken within each Institute which highlights the various different employer engagement and work-based learning activities that take place. This will focus on Foundation degrees but can also include BA Hons degree courses. The inclusion of University College Falmouth which does not provide Foundation degrees, will act as a control.

2.    Identification of case studies
On completion of the survey and evaluation of its contents, each Institute is to identify at  least three different activities or projects that highlight different ways of undertaking employer engagement or work-based learning that could be written up as in-depth case studies. A meeting of the participant institutions will be arranged to ensure that the case studies reflect as broad a range of activity as possible.

3.    Write up of case studies.

Each institution will write up a minimum of three case studies that represent the activity undertaken. The case studies will examine the student experience, the institute experience and the experience of the business involved. These will be written up using a common template provided by Foundation Degree Forward.

Project timescale

It is anticipated that the project will run from January 2008 to summer 2008, with case studies being presented to the funding partners no later than July 2008.

Project management and project partners

The Arts Institute at Bournemouth will take responsibility for overall management of the project in line with the Project plan. This will include co-ordination of the budget.
Project partners have responsibility for ensuring that they meet the agreed milestones of the project by the completion of the deadlines.

Project partners

 

 
Funding partner / Institution
Name
Title
ADM-HEA

Debbie Flint
d.flint@brighton.ac.uk
Academic Developer
Fdf (South West)

Frances Cambrook
f.cambrook@fdf.ac.uk
Regional Director
Arts Institute at Bournemouth 

Valerie Lodge
vlodge@aib.ac.uk
Academic Development Officer
Bath Spa University College

Adam Powell
A.Powell@bathspa.ac.uk

A.Powell@bathspa.ac.uk

Plymouth College of Art and Design 

Tim Bolton
 tbolton@pcad.ac.uk
Academic Director of HE
University College Falmouth
John Butcher
John.Butcher@falmouth.ac.uk
Director of Learning & Teaching

Dissemination


Responsibility for disseminating the findings of the project will rest with ADM-HEA; fdf and individual funding partners through conference presentations and papers using appropriate regional and national networks. This will contribute to greater understanding and awareness of successful employer engagement with work based learning in the region to both academic managers and current and potential creative industries partners