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Art & Design Technology

Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by nicola_wall, May 18, 2011.

  1. From September my school is becoming an academy and the art and design technology will be joining together to form a joint department.

    Has this happened to anyone else, do you like it/dislike it? are you still running the same courses?

    Just interested to find any opinions...
     
  2. From September my school is becoming an academy and the art and design technology will be joining together to form a joint department.

    Has this happened to anyone else, do you like it/dislike it? are you still running the same courses?

    Just interested to find any opinions...
     
  3. modelmaker

    modelmaker Occasional commenter

    I know of a school where the D&T dept. was taken over by the Art dept. The D&T HOD who incidentally was a very good teacher, resigned and left teaching as he couldn't see how it would be possible to merge the 2 departments and teach D&T effectively.
    I know of another where D&T is tought by the Art dept. The standard of D&T work there is low compared to other schools and the appreciation of how to properly use the equipment that was bought for D&T purposes is shockingly poor.
    Although there is an element of artistic creativity in design, too much focus on this detracts from the practical aspects of good design.
    I'm not sure it's such a good idea to combine design with technology anyway. In my schooldays we had woodwork, metalwork and technical drawing as 3 separate but linked subjects. It worked well. There was no association with art whatsoever which meant the art teacher was able to teach art in its own right.
    I know times have moved on a lot since my schooldays but the basics of what I learned in each subject have served me well in life. I doubt what I've seen being tought in D&T today will be as seriously useful to kids as my technical education has been to me.
    I suspect the decision to merge the departments is purely a financial matter rather than a brilliant idea to improve education.
     
  4. I can appreciate a need to embed art and DT with one another but not to combine them as a subject! both subjects would lose out.
    Money saving strategy :(

     
  5. Shocked Modelmaker! Where does Art end and D&T begin? It is one great spectrum from fine art to applied science. Take your pick on what slice is D&T, you probably won't get two people in the country to agree. Just enjoy it whilst we have it in any form because my money would be on losing it completely in the next few years.
     
  6. School I used to work in had an Art & Design Technology Faculty, i.e. one HoD for both departments. You need the right HoD for this, as they need to understand and ideally be able to practise both subjects. We were lucky and had someone who could really pull both departments together - it became like a little family :) There were however always differences between the subjects that we had to recognise and work with e.g. assessment methods and schedules. All the teachers were subject specialists of course, but some were asked to work outside their comfort zone, our straight-from-industry engineer teaching year 8 art will always stand out in my mind.
     

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