2013 AICAD Conference: New Paradigms in Teaching and Learning

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New Paradigms
November 7-9, 2013
Maryland Institute College of Art
www.mica.edu/aicad
There are a number of people presenting from Emily Carr, as well as over 120 participants from other Art/Media/Design institutions across North America and Europe.
Emily Carr University Speakers
1:45 – 3:30 – Friday, Nov 8th
“Virtual Studios and other Online Approaches to Teaching Graduate Students in the Arts” – Chris Jones
3:45 – 5:15 – Friday, Nov 8th
“From Periphery to Core: The Changing Ecology of Art and Design Education”  – David Bogen, Sadira Rodrigues, and Jennifer DeDominicis“Art School and MOOCs”
Ellen Lupton and Chris Jones, Maryland Institute College of Art and Emily Carr University of Art and Design
9:00 – 10:45 – Saturday, Nov 9th
“Democracy in the Classroom”
– Christopher Hethrington, Emily Carr University of Art and Design

11:00 – 12:30 – Saturday, Nov 9th

“Lightening Rod Responses and Wrap Up with Participants”
Carol Strohecker
, Vice-Provost, Academic Affairs, Rhode Island School of Design, Ron Burnett, President, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Michael Weiss, Associate Dean and Professor of Fine Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art

The 2013 AICAD Symposium will focus on the premise that the cultural, technological, and economic conditions affecting art and design education today argue for bold new approaches in the form and organizational framework of its delivery as well as its content. It will seek to bring Faculty, Deans, Provosts, and Presidents from AICAD member schools into a joint exploration of this premise that will be centered upon the following sequence of themes and related questions:

Context

  • What is the profile of the art/design student today?
  • What do our graduates do with their degrees?
  • What are the changing external environments and changes in the creative industries?
  • How are economic considerations affecting options within higher education, particularly in our member schools?
  • What is the impact of actions/positions taken within accrediting bodies and the Department of Education on curriculum development and delivery?

Process

  • How do students learn?
  • What has changed, what is constant?
  • What does the latest research in cognitive-neuro science tell us? What are its implications for pedagogy and student learning?
  • What are the implications of on-line teaching/learning such as MOOCS or social media/social networks for art and design colleges?

Content

  • What do students today need to know?
  • What do we add? What is new?
  • What do we keep? Is there content that has been traditionally taught that is no longer necessary or should be renovated?
  • What is the case for the traditional disciplines?
  • What is the appropriate relationship between studio, academics, and professional development programming?
  • What is the appropriate role of interdisciplinarity? Or, where is the intersection between art/design education and other disciplines, e.g., sciences, engineering, business? What new areas of investigation/content do these relationships suggest?
  • What does research mean for the education of the artist/designer?
  • What is the role or relative value of external engagement in art/design education?
  • What is the role/relative value of international engagement?
  • What are the implications of content changes on desired outcomes?
There are a number of people presenting from Emily Carr, as well as over 120 participants from other Art/Media/Design institutions across North America and Europe.
Much of this Symposium will be live streamed, and the organizers are working to get the word out to faculty and staff at all the different institutions so that they can participate remotely.  To view the Symposium program and to access the live stream go to:  www.mica.edu/aicad.  You will be asked to enter your email address in order to log on to the live stream.  A dialog box will appear below the video so that you can send comments and questions to the presenters and conference organizers.
It should be a very interesting event.  (NB:  All times on the program are EST, so you have to subtract three hours for the time in Vancouver).

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