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Crafting connected knowledge: collaborative and problem-based pedagogy for the studio craft and design school


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 Details

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
Research Field:Crafts
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Design
UTAS Author:Nicol, R (Associate Professor Rohan Nicol)
UTAS Author:Rubenis, N (Dr Niklavs Rubenis)
ID Code:152623
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Art
Deposited On:2022-08-22
Last Modified:2022-09-14

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