Issue date: 20 February 2003

ISSUE DATE: 20/02/03

Group for Learning in Art and Design conference 20 and 21 February 2003 - Watershed

Over 130 delegates representing all the nations Art Colleges will attend the 10th annual GLAD conference at the Watershed Media Centre today and tomorrow. Hosted by UWE¡¦s Faculty of Art, Media and Design the conference provides a chance to devise a collective approach to widening participation issues

The conference will focus on the issues arising as the Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) Art and Design sectors consider the implications for curriculum design and learning and teaching in the face of government targets for further increased participation. Through a series of workshops and keynote presentations, the conference will seek to explore issues at the interface between FE and HE. The implications for student progression and achievement will be considered.

Amanda Wood, Associate Dean from UWE¡¦s Faculty of Art, Media and Design said, ¡§This is an important conference for all Art Education practitioners giving an opportunity for shared experience and the chance to discuss some of the key issues surrounding widening participation. We all face the challenge to try to reach 50% participation by 2010 and this conference will bring together representatives from all Art Colleges at universities nationwide and Further Education institutions offering Art courses. Traditionally Art Colleges have always picked up non-standard entries from people who would not normally have opted for Higher Education. We are excited by the opportunity that this conference will present to collectively agree a way forward for Art Education recruitment.¡¨

In particular the conference will raise and consider issues related to:

- Learning and Teaching
- Student Progression and Achievement
- Employability
- Curriculum Content and Design

Professor Paul Gough, Dean of the Faculty of Art, Media and Design will welcome delegates and Professor David Vaughan, Chair of GLAD, will introduce the conference. Keynote speakers will include Elaine Thomas, Principal of the Surrey Institute of Art & Design who will speak on Widening Participation ¡V Challenges and Opportunities facing Art, Media and Design students. Geoff Layer, Chair of Action on Access and Dean of Lifelong Learning at the University of Bradford will also give a keynote speech.

With the increasing number of choices open to students progressing into HE from both FE and school, delegates will be invited to reflect on the issues for learning and teaching, curriculum design and organisation facing both FE and HE providers. They will also share and evaluate experiences to identify key topics to consider what work needs to be done to benefit all parties.

A report will be available after the conference. For a copy please contact Susan.Matheron@uwe.ac.uk.


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