Nicol, R and Rubenis, N, Crafting connected knowledge: collaborative and problem-based pedagogy for the studio craft and design school, Proceedings of the 2015 Australia Council of University Art and Design Schools Conference, 24-25 September 2015, Adelaide, pp. 1-14. ISBN 9780994286819 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]
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Complex problems and opportunities increasingly evade resolution or fulfillment through the approach of a single discipline. Problem-based and collaborative learning (C&PBL), while not new, recognises the value and limits of disciplinary based knowledge and prepares students to engage with significant and complex issues.
Studio based craft and design (C&D) education programs have been slow and sometimes resistant to C&PBL. Motivated perhaps to safeguard craft knowledge by roping off the discipline from the interference of 'corrupted' practices. This has often contributed to an impression of a discipline out of touch and perhaps out of time.
This paper examines a new course 'Multiples and Production: The Unique Offering' (M&P), a key element of recent refinements to C&D courses and programs at the Australian National University, School of Art (ANU SoA). M&P uses the domestic table as a location and setting for the course and introduces students to a field spanning bespoke to industrial production, and asks one simple and complex question: 'Why make anything for a world already filled with stuff? This course operates outside the usual disciplinary domains of C&D by interrogating the way we produce, consume and understand domestic objects.
We argue that C&PBL can connect C&D pedagogy to some of the most salient issues of our time and that this approach provides C&D students with strategies and skills to conduct an agile practice in a rapidly changing and complex world.
|Item Type:||Refereed Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||craft, design, problem-based pedagogy, complexity, studio craft & design|
|Research Division:||Creative Arts and Writing|
|Research Group:||Visual arts|
|Objective Division:||Culture and Society|
|UTAS Author:||Nicol, R (Associate Professor Rohan Nicol)|
|UTAS Author:||Rubenis, N (Dr Niklavs Rubenis)|
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