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Teaching, Learning and Assessment: Developing creative pedagogic practice

In exploring Developing creative pedagogic practice, we will explore the new ways of learning and teaching: what are the skills we need to be teaching students and how are we enabling and empowering the development of pedagogic practices to facilitate change now and in the future.

The seminar will consider:

  • What are the new ways of learning?
  • Are schools preparing our students for HE?
  • What is an art school pedagogy?
  • What is happening with learning and teaching and what are we preparing for?

We will hear from post-primary educators around the work they do to prepare young people for higher education and the context within which this preparation takes place.

We will consider how art and design HE institutions/schools can retain studio culture through flexible curricula. How do we ensure that curricula are informed and relevant to subject and professional needs given the speed of change and development in so many areas linked to the creative industries. We will consider the changing values and priorities in student populations, do our curricula align or even consider these

We will consider how, within this myriad of change, we empower and enable the development of pedagogies needed to facilitate such learning complexities. We will also explore unique art and design practices and debate whether studios and crits are still relevant and valid and what alternatives there are. How as leaders we facilitate and encourage new perspectives and practices in teaching.

Attendees will hear from committee members of GLAD and post-primary level educators, participate in break out discussions and reflect and share perspectives with peers.

Contributors include:

Louise O’Boyle
Associate Dean (Academic Quality & Student Experience)
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Ulster University

Dr Danielle Barrios-O’Neill
Head of Programme, Information Experience Design
School of Communication, Royal College of Art

James Ward
Head of Cambridge School for Creative Industries
Anglia Ruskin University

Catherine Smith
Senior Educational Developer / Programme Director
PgCert / MA Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication
Teaching and Learning Exchange
University of the Arts London


22 May 2023


9:30 am - 2:30 pm




Via Microsoft Teams




  • Aidan Ryan
    Aidan Ryan
    Deputy Head, The Elmgreen School

    Aidan Ryan is presently Deputy Headteacher at The Elmgreen School in South London. With a rich and diverse background in comprehensive education spanning 18 years, Aidan has developed a keen understanding of the evolving secondary and post -16 educational landscape. In addition to teaching art and photography, Aidan’s expertise also extends to post-16 education and management, curriculum design, teaching and learning, staff professional development and careers education advice and guidance. Aidan remains actively engaged in professional research and is presently completing a National Professional Qualification in Headship.

  • Catherine Smith
    Catherine Smith
    Programme Director, Academic Practice, University of the Arts London (UAL)

    Catherine Smith is programme director for Academic Practice at the University of the Arts London (UAL) and volunteers as Treasurer and Committee Member of GLAD, the Group for Learning in Art and Design Higher Education. She also edits Spark: UAL’s Creative Teaching and Learning Journal and was a founder member of the Graphic Design Educators’ Network, the UK’s national subject association for graphic design. Catherine is currently undertaking a part-time professional doctorate at the University of Dundee: an ethnographic exploration of sociomaterial relations in art school workshop practice.

  • Danielle Barrios-O’Neill
    Danielle Barrios-O’Neill
    Head of Information Experience Design, Royal College of Art

    Danielle Barrios-O’Neill is the Head of Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art. Her research and practice are driven by a conviction that art and education each have a fundamental role to play in investigating and influencing future societal shifts and how they are managed. Her pedagogical research is actively engaged with serious play and game-led experiences, active multiplatform interaction, and post-disciplinary study. She is especially interested in bold approaches to curriculum design that embrace complexity and uncertainty, and experimentation with unconventional formats. She has published on digital and post-digital pedagogy across the arts and humanities, with a special focus on socio-environmental influences and interactions. This explores arts pedagogy in relation to socio- environmental transitions including climate change, political conflict, emerging technologies and technological change. Danielle has managed projects with a number of public and private sector organisations with interest in games, play and future-oriented praxis, and has served as Principal Investigator on RKEI projects in immersive experience design, education and public engagement.

  • James Ward
    James Ward
    Head of Cambridge School of Creative Industries at Anglia Ruskin University

    James is Head of Cambridge School of Creative Industries at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU). Reporting directly to the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Faculty he has the responsibility for strategic and day-to-day planning and development of the School. The Creative Industries School covers four subject areas: Computer Games, Film & Media, Music & Music Technology and Writing & Performance.

    Externally, James is a member of GLAD and a Governor at Morley College London. Where in addition to his membership of the Board he is Vice Chair of the Standards & Quality Committee, member of the People Committee and Lead Governor for IAG.

    Prior to his Role at ARU, James worked at Ravensbourne University London where over his tenure he had several roles, the latter being Deputy Dean for Learning & Teaching and Head of The Screen School. The Screen School has three departments covering film & TV, computer games & animation, music, and broadcast engineering. Additionally, James led the development and validation of three Apprenticeship Degree courses. These led to the creation of bespoke products, tailored to the needs of both higher education quality enhancement and academic standards, together with the recognition of the requirements of industry employers and skill sector agencies.

  • Jayne Hemmins
    Jayne Hemmins
    Senior Lecturer, The Northern School of Art

    Jayne is Senior Lecturer for the BA (Hons) Textiles & Surface Design programme at The Northern School of Art. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of The Association of Fashion and Textiles Courses (FTC).

    Jayne’s initial career was design industry based, heading up a successful design studio selling surface designs to the fashion, interiors and gift markets internationally. This informs her approaches to developing curriculum with symbiosis between pedagogical approaches and industry requirements.

    Jayne’s current arts practice considers pedagogy, anthropology and personal authenticity. She aims to provoke thought and action as well as asking questions of the creative process and personal barriers and rituals around creative practice.

  • Louise O'Boyle
    Louise O'Boyle
    Chair of GLAD

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