Category: Good Practice

Creative Tea #2: A conference, short films and a book

4 minute read Thanks enormously to all those who attended the creative tea last week. It was a cold, gloomy November night that was brightened up by Holland’s ‘Fika’.    The focus of the tea was on ideas of knowledge-exchange, and the strands I drew from the meeting were ideas of knowledge-exchange as process, the live moment  and the validation of… Read more →

A move beyond the happy accident – exploring innovation at the Make:Shift conference

21/2 minute read Last week I was lucky enough to catch up with James Smith, our contemporary design crafts B.A (Hons) Course Area Leader. We discussed his recent visit to Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry to attend the Crafts Council’s Make:Shift conference 2017. James mentioned the work of the 2014 conference as exploring innovations in approach to Crafts practice… Read more →

Moving towards meta: ’employability’, scholarship and the learner journey

3 minute read Should we move away from badging core, key or ‘soft’ skills as ‘employability’ skills or think of them instead as a move towards meta-awareness? This was a recurring question as I listened to guest speakers and ‘home-grown’ researchers at our annual HE symposium today. Writing about meta-awareness might seem as if I’m simply fancy with vocabulary. However,… Read more →

Arts education and the Scholarly Curriculum

3½ minute read “The innovative cities of the coming age will develop a creative union of technology, arts, and civics.” Sir Peter Hall   “technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.” Steve Jobs   As educators, if we are to develop ‘creative unions’… Read more →

Defining research at Mid-Cheshire Consortium

  It was lovely to be invited to present at the annual Mid-Cheshire Consortium’s conference last week, and to meet such an inspiring group of dedicated educators. The day began with an inspiring keynote by Lou Mycroft of @teachnorthern who looked for our revolutionary writers in the reframing of the practitioner as ‘philosopher of praxis’. Her revolutionary call to arms… Read more →

Dissertation conference 2016

What does student scholarship look like within the traditional academic model?   The annual dissertation conference is Hereford College of Art’s annual opportunity to recognise the scholarly activities and outstanding academic achievements of students but also to support students about to embark on the transformative learning experience that is Level 6 study.   This is a  journey, as learners progress… Read more →

Peer support in a less-formal learning environment: L4 Graphics students reflect on their module

Kolb’s experiential learning cycle (1984) has been seminal in promoting the importance of reflective practice as an integral part of learning. However, engaging students with reflection in ways that the modern student finds appropriate can be challenging, especially in an art college context where many of our students prefer active learning to ‘reflective observation.’  Likewise, some learners struggle to make… Read more →

Debating the language of the Visual Arts

This was our fourth #cclasses session, and we discussed Steph’s question regarding the language of the visual arts and academia and whether it creates a barrier between the artist and their audience?   This is a complex issue, but thankfully Steph made cakes to help us.   In our curated content we broke the question down and examined what we… Read more →

Dissertation preparation – or a tea dance?

Huge thanks to Simon Denison for writing this guest blog post. It’s great to see how our students prepare for the dissertation in such an enagaged way, and if we have a Critical Studies tea dance next year I hope I’m invited. Second year students continued their process of identifying potential Dissertation research subjects for next year that would support… Read more →

Where is the ‘agile’ in design education?

On the 22nd April we were lucky enough to welcome our first external visitor to a ‘Creative Lunch’. Lara Furniss is a lecturer at Birmingham City University, working within the school of visual communication. Her current research has been published in Design Week and she has written articles for the Creative Review. Lara’s research starts in the studios of top contemporary… Read more →