Advice for prospective arts students

ArtsHub has produced a useful guide to prospective students in the process of selecting their tertiary study program and institution. Based on responses from educators and industry professionals to the question: “What is the one key piece of advice you would offer secondary school students to help them in making the best decision for their tertiary study options?”, key pieces of advice stress the need to be informed, passionate, determined and authentic and keep an eye on industry and post study options. The full article can be accessed via ArtsHub at: https://www.artshub.com.au/education/news-article/sponsored-content/arts-education/richard-watts/why-choosing-a-tertiary-course-is-like-homework-for-your-future-256877

Urgent call for change in UK school arts education

A recent research report, Time to Listen, commissioned by Arts Council England and produced by the University of Nottingham, has revealed the need for urgent changes in arts and culture provision in schools. The three-year study Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement, gathered data from over 6000 11-18 year olds and their teachers, and reinforces the positive impact that arts and cultural learning has on student confidence, creativity, wellbeing, empathy and independent thinking, yet it reveals that school is the only avenue for arts engagement for over one third of students.

Responding to the study, Buckingham University Vice Chancellor Anthony Seldon said:

"We all have a role to play in securing high quality access to the arts and culture for young people. This research tells us how valuable arts subjects and experiences are for students in schools - but it also tells us they are under significant threat. I call on Vice Chancellors across the country to play our part in securing the future of arts subjects in schools and universities by ensuring they are appropriately valued in our institutions. I ask Russell Group universities to review their approach to facilitating subjects and ensure we aren't inadvertently telling young people that choosing arts subjects at A Level will close down their options."

Further details on the research is available at https://researchtale.net

The research was conducted in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Tate Gallery who have released a film entitled Why Study Art? to coincide with the release of the report. This is available at: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/videos/tateshots/why-study-art

Students as partners in curriculum reform

Since the Dawkins Reforms, the role of higher education has expanded from focusing on knowledge generation and dissemination to preparing graduates for life beyond the institution. The need for creative arts education to meet graduate employment requirements and service industry expectations thus informs the courses and industry-situated opportunities our programs include and our pedagogical approaches to developing graduates who are industry-ready.

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The Imperative of Creative Teaching in Relation to Creative Learning for Artist-Scholars Working in Higher Education

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Multiple Measures: Improving Interdisciplinary Learning by Benchmarking Quality Assessment

Interdisciplinarity has been widely recognised as a valuable response to the wicked problems of our time. The ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries brings together different perspectives and expertise, and allows entirely new approaches and solutions to emerge. To prepare students and graduates for the complex challenges of the twenty first century we need good quality interdisciplinary programs. But how do we know what is ‘good’? 

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