Panel: Art Education - International trends: interactive discussion

Small country with big issues - the current state of art craft and design education in the UK

Susan M Coles

The coalition government have wrought changes to the school curriculum which have pushed the visual arts towards the bottom of a new hierarchical subject order, which will have impact on further education and higher education pathways in the near future. UK Art educators have drawn strength from having to justify their subject and revisit their rationale for doing what it is that they do. This need to promote and defend the subject has strengthened resolve and determination. The ability to collaborate and connect via social media has been significant in this gathering of a collective voice.

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