Special Issue "Changing Pedagogies in the Art College: Learning and Teaching Art and Design in Higher Education"

A special issue of Arts (ISSN 2076-0752).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Claire Robins

Reader in Art and Education, UCL Institute of Education, University College London, London WC1H 0AL, UK
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Interests: art education; including recent histories of art education; art and artists in sites for learning, art and curatorial practices and the shaping of knowledge in galleries and museums
Guest Editor
Ms. Annie Davey

Lecturer in Art Culture and Education, UCL Institute of Education, University College London, London WC1H 0AL, UK
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Interests: art; art education; neoliberalism and the university; the creative and cultural industries

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The 21st century has been witness to many changes in the ways in which students experience university, not least of which are the massification and marketization of higher education and the mobilization of an international student body. In the maelstrom of reconfigured learning experiences, new fee structures and concomitant expectations, art and design education, a relatively ‘new kid’ on the university block, has been subject to pedagogic reconfiguration. From studio learning environments, application and entry processes, curriculum structure to the standardization of assessment, very little has been left untouched.

As the neoliberal university’s entrepreneurial agenda eclipses many of art education’s social and cultural imperatives incubated in the modernist era, new paradigms for learning become necessary to reflect the less certain practices and modes of production that we still call art and design.

Although these changes register in different ways across the globe and across the spectrum of subjects available for study, they, nevertheless, beg questions about the study of art from schools to universities and through the wider consequences for culture and society.

We invite potential contributors to submit scholarly papers including case studies, archive and on-going research in relation to these fields of change.

Dr. Claire Robins
Ms. Annie Davey
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • art and design pedagogies
  • entry processes to the art university
  • the effects of standardization in higher education
  • liberal education / Neoliberal education
  • alternative models
  • entrepreneurialism
  • ambiguous pedagogies
  • the rhetoric of risk taking and experimentation
  • the spaces and communities of art and design education in a networked culture

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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