Graphic Design Education Network GDEN

Patterson, Z. (Keynote/plenary speaker), Helena Good (Keynote/plenary speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


Spring Symposium By Definition: Exploring the Articulation of Contemporary Graphic Design Courses in Higher Education 1.00—5.00pm Wednesday 1 May 2019 Leeds Beckett University The Graphic Design Educators’ Network spring symposium will explore the definition and articulation of the discipline in Higher Education. Over the last two centuries, the discipline of graphic design has been referred to and re-categorised as commercial art, graphic arts, visual communication and communication design; this multitude of references have informed creative course titles within HE institutions across the UK. For some candidates, navigating the 378 (Graphic/Communication Design/Illustration) undergraduate course providers in the UK, the multiplicity of titles are indistinguishable, but for other students, the course titles communicate distinct offers. We use terms to define the practices we advocate and teach, but how does a candidate interpret these descriptors at a recruitment fair or an open day? What do they think they will learn? HE institutions face numerous challenges in developing, articulating and sustaining their Art & Design academic portfolios. Confirmed Speakers Helena Good & Zoe Patterson (Edinburgh College of Art) Dr Paul Wilson (University of Leeds) Lucienne Roberts (GraphicDesign&/LucienneRoberts) The symposium facilitated a platform for further critical debate on the definition and identification of Graphic Design courses in Higher Education. Over the last two centuries, the discipline of Graphic Design has been, re-categorised and articulated as commercial art, graphic arts, visual communication, and communication design, amongst others terms, which have formed related course titles at Higher Education institutions across the UK. As academics, researchers, and practitioners we have an inherent familiarity with subject discipline parlance. For some candidates, who navigate the 378 (Graphic/Communication Design/Illustration) undergraduate course providers in the UK, the multiplicity of titles, can be indistinguishable and confusing. This event provided UK wide graphic design educators, researchers and practitioners, to further explore the diverse course characteristics; evaluate their meaning and clarify the objectives of the courses to learners. The speakers provided critical, contextualised perspectives on the definition of graphic design as a contemporary discipline – encouraging delegates to share their thoughts and experiences on course design. Daydream Believers What the f**k is Graphic Design? wasn’t the actual title used when embedding a Designer in Residence scheme into six Scottish Primary and Secondary Schools. But that question, posed by a school pupil, was what we, within the Graphic Design Programme at the University of Edinburgh, tried to answer for young learners, their teachers, careers advisors and parents about this misunderstood and often undervalued subject. Simultaneously colleagues from across Scottish Institutions have met on a monthly basis to support Edinburgh Colleges Daydream Believers scheme. Daydream Believers is a partnership between employers, teachers, lecturers and student ambassadors collaborating to create free online resources for teachers which we believe will help shape and inform the curriculum in our secondary schools. We are passionate about education and want to encourage our young people to explore ideas, envision situations, and get a better sense of their future selves by bringing a practical and clear understanding of Graphic Design into our classrooms.
Period1 May 2019
Event typeConference
LocationLeeds, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • education graphic design