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The V&A Schools Programme


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Speaker: Cara Williams, Schools Programme Manager, V&A Museum - An Equal Share - devising successful collaborative schools projects with designers inresidence. Hear how the V&A Schools Programme, DesignLab, engages with teachers and the V&A Residency Project to create in-depth creative projects.

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The V&A Schools Programme

  1. 1. An Equal Share Devising a successful programme for Secondary schools through creative collaboration
  2. 2. DesignLab - the background
  3. 3. DesignLab Ethos <ul><li>To engage young people with Design collections </li></ul><ul><li>To offer first hand experience of working with professional designers </li></ul><ul><li>To open up career pathways into the Creative Industries </li></ul>
  4. 4. The DesignLab Model
  5. 5. Lamp Design
  6. 6. Accessing Lao’s design process
  7. 7. Translating Lao’s design process
  8. 8. Core DesignLab Workshop
  9. 9. Fashion Residency
  10. 10. Fashion Residency
  11. 11. Fashion Residency
  12. 12. Fashion Residency
  13. 13. Seeking out other opportunities: Temporary Exhibitions
  14. 14. Working with Chair Designer: Gareth Neal
  15. 15. Using the V&A Collections to Inspire Design
  16. 16. Seeking out Other Opportunities: Special Events
  17. 17. Seymourpowell Collaboration <ul><li>“ Seymourpowell shares the V&A’s desire to excite and inspire students and teachers of Design & Technology in fresh and unique ways.” </li></ul><ul><li>Tim Duncan, Seymourpowell </li></ul>
  18. 18. Seymourpowell Workshop - Design Pro
  19. 19. Meaningful connections to museum collections
  20. 20. Using the V&A Collections to Inspire Design
  21. 21. Inspiration: William Morris
  22. 22. Meaningful Connections
  23. 23. Developing Design Ideas
  24. 24. Presenting design solutions
  25. 25. Mutual benefits
  26. 26. Capitalising on the collaboration: Teachers events
  27. 27. Online Legacy
  28. 28. Online Legacy
  29. 29. Open Studios
  30. 30. Design Pro Display 18 April - 7 Sept 2011
  31. 31. <ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>A major V&A initiative 2008-2011
  32. 32. Things we’ve learnt <ul><li>Ensure buy in from all parties - equal share </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the designer show specific interest in working with your audience? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the teacher fully engaged with the project? Do they have the time to commit to it? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop collaboratively with teacher and designer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure the design process translates easily into workshop setting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link with current classroom projects / coursework </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. Things we’ve learnt <ul><li>Meaningful connections </li></ul><ul><li>Find out how the designer uses your collections in their process </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure there are meaningful links to your collections and they are not simply an add on </li></ul><ul><li>Make the design process real for the students </li></ul><ul><li>Seek out a range of collaborations </li></ul><ul><li>Residency programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibitions </li></ul><ul><li>External companies </li></ul>
  34. 34. Things we’ve learnt <ul><li>Creating a legacy and capitalizing on the collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Record everything </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos and interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Carry out in depth evaluation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With designer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Give the project an online presence – make use of free websites such as Flickr & Youtube </li></ul><ul><li>And lastly, keep focused and be patient </li></ul>
  35. 35. DesignLab Display: 18 April – 7 Sept 2011
  36. 36. Cara Williams Schools Manager V&A Museum