28 June 2012
This seminar is one of the Higher Education Academy Discipline Workshop and Seminar Series. It will examine critically the benefits and restrictions of traditional approaches to established methods of studio instruction, such as the ‘crit’ and will seek to formulate proposals for new approaches to studio teaching, to not only maximise the benefits for staff and students, but also to develop ways to demonstrably use the facilities to their fullest extent.
Like many other institutions of Art & Design education, the Cambridge School of Art (CSA) has traditionally prized its studio culture and the unique learning and teaching possibilities, and the sense of an academic community, that education within a studio makes possible. Current pressures on universities to increase fiscal efficiency (ie teach more students, in less space, with less teaching and technical staff) combined with currently fashionable notions of a more commercial – ie customer/seller – relationship between students and teachers, place the studio system under threat.