1st Edition

Art and Design Pedagogy in Higher Education Knowledge, Values and Ambiguity in the Creative Curriculum

By Susan Orr, Alison Shreeve Copyright 2018
    168 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    182 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Art and Design Pedagogy in Higher Education provides a contemporary volume that offers a scholarly perspective on tertiary level art and design education. Providing a theoretical lens to examine studio education, the authors suggest a student-centred model of curriculum that supports the development of creativity.

    The text offers readers analytical frameworks with which to challenge assumptions about the art and design curriculum in higher education. In this volume, Orr and Shreeve critically interrogate the landscape of art and design higher education, offering illuminating viewpoints on pedagogy and assessment. New scholarship is introduced in three key areas:

    • curriculum: the nature and purpose of the creative curriculum and the concept of a ‘sticky curriculum’ that is actively shaped by lecturers, technicians and students;
    • ambiguity, which the authors claim is at the heart of a creative education;
    • value, asking what and whose ideas, practices and approaches are given value and create value within the curriculum.

    These insights from the perspective of a creative university subject area also offer new ways of viewing other disciplines, and provide a response to a growing educational interest in cross-curricular creativity. This book offers a coherent theory of art and design teaching and learning that will be of great interest to those working in and studying higher education practice and policy, as well as academics and researchers interested in creative education.

    Part One: Art and Design Education Territories 1. Introduction  2. Knowledge and knowing in practice  3. The construction and meaning of value/s   4. Ambiguity and uncertainty in creative education   Part Two: Art and Design Eduation Practices  5. The sticky curriculum in art and design: identity and engagement  6. Teaching practices for creative practitioners  7. Realising the curriculum in art and design: the role of the project  8. Art School evaluation: process, product and person  9. Drawing Conclusions


    Susan Orr is Dean and Professor of Creative Practice Pedagogy at the University of the Arts London and a Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University.

    Alison Shreeve is Emeritus Professor of Teaching and Learning in Art and Design at Buckinghamshire New University and a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts London and Ravensbourne, London.