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Curricula of value – in place and in service


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Fountain, W, Hall, K ORCID: 0000-0001-7812-4810, Wise, K ORCID: 0000-0001-9558-7112 and Tregloan, K 2017 , 'Curricula of value – in place and in service', paper presented at the Australian Council of University Art & Design School Conference 2017, 28-29 September 2017, Canberra, ACT.

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Flowing from a curriculum review and strategic re-direction of the School of Creative Arts from 2015to 2017, this paper details an approach to designing ‘valuable’ degrees in the service of futureoriented,place-based concerns. The place in focus could be equally labelled ‘wicked Tasmania’ forits demographic and educational attainment challenges, or ‘design island’ for its rich traditions andcultures of making, beginning with the Aboriginal Tasmanians. Amid a phase of unprecedentedcreative production in Tasmania, four themes have been deemed ‘valuable’ to the island state:creative communities, creative technology, creative health, and creative industries.In our thematic and post-disciplinary conception of curricula, once discreet disciplines are wilfullysubsumed and re-oriented to intersect with ‘foreign’ disciplines such as health, science, communityservices and tourism, and socially-located practices outside the university. Such boundary crossingpursued via these thematics is not an end in itself; rather it is positioned in the service of theTasmanian communities and industries with which we partner, as well as institutional goals forgraduates.Taking perspectives from curriculum design, place and cultural value, we outline the re-design of astatewide degree targeting the educational goals of Tasmania: the Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA).We highlight the thematic underpinnings, course design principles, and dialogue betweendisciplinary and contextual curriculum elements. Finally, we propose that discerning and deliveringvalue, through the critical engagement of creativity with the specifics of place, becomes the keytransferable skill of our future BCA graduates.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Fountain, W and Hall, K and Wise, K and Tregloan, K
Keywords: Interdisciplinary, creative arts, community, curricula, design
Journal or Publication Title: ACUADS Conference Program
Publisher: Australian Council of University Art & Design School
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Copyright 2017 the authors and ACUADS. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Australia (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 AU)

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