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  • Design collectives in education: evaluating the atelier format and the use of teaching narrative for collective cultural and creative learning, and the subsequent impact on professional practice

Hall, Ashley and Barker, T, 2010, Journal Article, Design collectives in education: evaluating the atelier format and the use of teaching narrative for collective cultural and creative learning, and the subsequent impact on professional practice Alternative Practices in design: past present and future, 1 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN N/A

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This paper reviews the case for ‘cultural and creative design collectives’ in design education. Higher education taught design courses use a diversity of studio models ranging from the atelier format in which students have their own shared studio space, through to hot-desking and, increasingly, no-desking formats. Drawing on observation and experimentation with pedagogical and organizational formats and case studies in industrial design and architecture, the authors investigate whether peer group excellence is best achieved by encouraging and facilitating a cultural and creative collective among students, in which ownership, learning and definition of the course increasingly falls to the student group, leaving staff to act as catalysts and enablers, while offering students an objective critique. Through examples, the authors examine how this collective-peer approach in education impacts on the ability of graduate designers entering practice to work flexibly and in modes in which competition and collaboration can co-exist.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W240 Industrial/Product Design
School or Centre: School of Design
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2013 16:48
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2013 16:48
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1524

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