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An examination of the Journal used as a vehicle to bring about a synthesis between theory and practice in Art and Design higher education

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Abstract:

This article outlines a mini piece of empirical study that examines the Journal used in two B.A. (Hons) courses, one Fine Art and the other Design. This qualitative research includes questionnaires and interviews with educators and final year students from one Higher Education College in the United Kingdom. The questions were designed to find out whether the Journal brings about a synthesis between Critical Studies and students' own practice.

Responses range from the staff perspective that the Journal confuses the students, through to the view that it has the potential to be of great use and the opinion of most students' that it supports their studio practice.

The outcomes suggest further research in relation to the key issues raised: approaches to teaching and learning (specifically writing) and the lead-up to the final-year Critical Studies curriculum content.

Keywords: case study; critical studies; design; fine art; journal; practice and theory; qualitative research; reflective practice

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/jwcp.3.3.317_1

Affiliations: University of Manchester.

Publication date: 2010-12-01

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  • The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.
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