How to foster resilience in higher visual art education: viewpoints from the students

Siddins, Eileen, Daniel, Ryan, Carter, Margaret, and Buckby, Beryl (2020) How to foster resilience in higher visual art education: viewpoints from the students. In: Proceedings of the ACUADS 2020 Conference. From: ACUADS 2020 Conference: crisis & resilience, 5-26 November 2020, Online.

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The potential for Australian universities to fortify their students' wellbeing cannot be overlooked. As mental health difficulties increase within the Australian population, now is the time for universities to proactively support and sustain their students' resilience in preparation for study and work challenges. However, in the visual arts, there is still limited consideration of student opinions on this matter. In 2018 and 2019, the Visual Arts Wellbeing (VAW) research project explored the wellbeing needs of visual art students in Australian universities. This research gathered student perspectives on how university life influences their ability to thrive, and how universities can enhance visual art students' resilience and mental health while they are enrolled in their university degree. The recommendations that emerged from these research findings presented clear strategies to improve art students' wellbeing, including ways for art students, educators, and industry members to foster inclusivity and nurture a sense of belonging. This paper provides a general overview of the VAW research findings, with a focus on digital strategies to enhance visual art students' connectedness with their fellow artists.

Item ID: 68734
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Keywords: Visual Art Undergraduates, Australian Creative Curriculum, Student Connectedness, Wellbeing, Resilience, Mental Health
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Projects and Grants: Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2021 01:46
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390101 Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy @ 60%
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390412 Teacher and student wellbeing @ 40%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130103 The creative arts @ 40%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education @ 30%
20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200207 Social structure and health @ 30%
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