Category Archives: Art & Design Education

Learning is a stage

What is learning? Strangely enough, after hundreds of years of research by some of the world’s greatest minds we still have no clear agreement on what learning is, or how it happens. In a recent article, Michael Luntley (2017) makes … Continue reading

Posted in Action Learning, Art & Design Education, Student Centred Learning | 2 Comments

What is excellent teaching in your discipline?

There is a tendency for the Arts to under-value its distinctive disciplinary practices around learning and teaching, but we should be more confident in sharing our practical and creative practices. The arrival of the Teaching Excellence Framework is bringing a … Continue reading

Posted in Art & Design Education, Creative Education | 1 Comment

Silver success for UCA in the TEF

In June, UCA was awarded a prestigious Silver award for teaching excellence, demonstrating consistent improvement across all measures year on year. Evidence for the award constituted three year average data between 13/14 and 15/16 on teaching, assessment, retention and graduate … Continue reading

Posted in Art & Design Education, Sector News | Leave a comment

HEA successes for UCA staff

  As some of you may be aware, UCA has its own HEA-accredited Professional Recognition scheme.  This enables UCA staff to achieve professional recognition either through an academic route of study via the PGCert or MA Creative Arts Education courses, … Continue reading

Posted in Art & Design Education, Creative Education, HEA Fellowship, Professional Development | 2 Comments

BME students’ experiences of UCA teaching and learning

A Learning and Teaching project, which engaged student co-researchers in capturing student experience for BME students across campuses, has recently produced its findings and recommendations. These are to be considered over the coming months with a view to developing inclusive … Continue reading

Posted in Art & Design Education, Creative Education | Leave a comment

Some UCA experiences of HEA recognition

 I was surprised at how much achievement I felt on gaining my qualification! It was a challenging journey which opened my eyes to a more reflective practice and allowed me to meet staff from different campuses and roles. I gained … Continue reading

Posted in Art & Design Education, Creative Education, HEA Fellowship, Professional Development | 1 Comment

How to create a culture for valuable learning

Educational visionary Sir Ken Robinson continues his quest to put creativity back at the heart of systems of education. At the recent Big Picture Learning conference called Big Bang, Sir Ken criticised the use of conformity and compliance in education … Continue reading

Posted in Art & Design Education, Creative Education, Curriculum Design, How Students Learn | Leave a comment