The Future of Art, Craft and Design in Schools: Next Steps for Cultural Education

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One year on from the introduction of the new art and design curriculum this event will offer an opportunity to examine the impact the curriculum is having on creative and artistic skills, and how art, craft and design teaching can be linked to the opportunities available in the UK's successful creative industries sector. According to the Warwick Commission report a rounded cultural education is vital, both for equality in cultural experience, and as an economic imperative for the UK. Delegates will examine the emerging challenges for arts and design teaching, taking into account the 50% drop in uptake of GCSE design and technology between 2003 and 2013. Allied with a 23% drop in drama, and a 25% drop in other craft related subjects, the debate will centre on increasing engagement with art and design subjects, and increasing employment opportunities in the creative industries post-education. Time will also be allocated to analyse and examine the challenge of increasing cultural engagement outside of school, and whether an annual mandatory entitlement to experience cultural exhibitions and places of interest could reverse current trends. Key points: · Explore opportunities for engaging students in the arts through cultural experience; · Discuss the educational priorities for the creative industries and the skills required to enter the creative sector; and · Discuss the challenges and barriers to increasing participation in art and design subjects in school.
Period22 Oct 2015
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United Kingdom


  • Policy Education Art Craft Design