“I came to art school so I wouldn’t have to write…”: Creating New Contexts for Critical Writing in Post-Secondary Art and Design Education

Christina Halliday

Abstract


This paper examines ideological and institutional contexts for liberal arts education at an art and design university as a means for understanding how critical writing is constructed by students and faculty as an interference to other creative practices students pursue as part of their art and design education. Observations of the form of assessment in art and design education known as critique, provides the basis for a reflection on how the pedagogy of critique, transposed to the liberal arts classroom, might serve to resist student resistance to learning to write critically.

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