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Prof Rebecca Fortnum - speaker at the symposium 'What’s the value of a critical art school?'
15 October 2014, 10-12am. Nottingham Trent University Fine Art.

Prof Rebecca Fortnum - speaker at the symposium 'What’s the value of a critical art school?'

Wednesday 15 October 2014, 10am-12noon.
Djanogly Lecture Theatre (Location map here).
Entry is free, though seating is limited: first come first served.

Rebecca Fortnum  (Professor of Fine Art, Middlesex University) and Dean Hughes (Head of the School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art) will contribute to a public debate about the value of the critical art school.

What’s the value of a critical art school?
During this time of austerity, the prevailing political agenda favours industry-focused courses where students are directly prepared for the job market, and university research that is cost-effective with demonstrable applications and impact. Prospective students are offered statistics about teaching hours, facilities and future employability in order to choose their course, and once enrolled they are surveyed repeatedly to gather feedback on their experience. Perhaps this is all as it should be: transparency, accountability and value for money are surely no bad thing. But what are the consequences of creative and intellectual culture having become so commercial and instrumentalised? Should education be more ambitious and transformative than simply aiming for deliverable, measurable outcomes? Should students and researchers be encouraged to think more critically and imagine otherwise? This debate focuses upon the potential of education through Fine Art: what is its current value, and what ought to be its future aspirations.