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In this paper we will discuss the concept of infinite education in Art and Design for an uncertain future. We will set
out our ideal school of art and design where studying will evolve throughout life. We are a multidisciplinary
research group and have posited our ideal learning community: a meeting of minds and practice. A true
collaboration in which disciplinary boundaries are broken and our approach to learning is blended.
We have identified six key principles, based on research on the History of Art and Design education, that unite the
disciplines and set the context for the learning environment.
CALL FORTH IMAGINATION
DELIVER EVOLUTIONARY PURPOSE
The value of an ideal form within art and design education will be that it will resonate at any moment in history but
especially now during the current climate of social and economical change. Many of the current issues in Teaching
in HE overlook the creative process in the learning environment. These oversights and the 'commodification of
learning' have worrying implications for the future. If those characteristics that are central to learning in art and
design are undervalued then we are in danger of losing the unique force that lies at the heart of our field.
Large institutions are unlikely to embrace uncertainty but it is a condition for change that sits within the process of
innovation. The prerequisite for change is preparation. The preparation that we propose is that students become
aware of the responsibility that they have for themselves. Their evolution as learners will not be marked by an
academic timetable; it is synonymous with their attitude.
Is it possible to implement a system where the student can develop a personal programme of learning that covers all
of their needs, as well as satisfying the requirements of an educator?
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