Project-based learning in visual arts and design: What makes it work?
Dr Suzette Major, Eastern Institute of Technology
Dr Elly Govers, Govers Educational Consultancy and Research
Completed: January 2015
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In 2011 ideaschool Arts & Thinking at the Eastern Institute of Technology embarked on a journey to redevelop the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design into a project-based learning programme. This implied a significant paradigm shift from teacher-centred to learner-centred education for all involved. Many months of exploration, discussion, and hard work resulted in implementation of the new programme from 2013.
Observations during 2013 indicated a major transformation in student engagement compared with the previous curriculum. This project aimed to gain a deeper understanding of this transformation and the contributing processes, to support other education organisations in developing project-based curriculum, particularly in the field of arts and design.
A case study of the redevelopment of the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design, and the teaching of the first year of the redeveloped programme. Data were gathered from individual interviews with managers, tutors, support staff and students, and from student course surveys, the student management system, and classroom and tutors meeting observations.
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