Transforming visual art education to benefit students' wellbeing

Siddins, Eileen (2021) Transforming visual art education to benefit students' wellbeing. NiTRO, 38 (October).

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As the landscape of higher education continues to shift in response to COVID-19, alternate art schools have become a competitive option for prospective university students. Comparisons between alternate art schools and Australian university degrees may focus on economic and structural differences, yet another key consideration necessitates that education systems support and protect students’ wellbeing. Earlier this year (2021), I released findings from my doctorate research that explored Australian creative art undergraduate students’ wellbeing needs and ways to address these needs within university settings. Although the research data were gathered before the pandemic, the participating students shared perspectives that apply to the current climate of creative art education in Australia. Many of these perspectives aligned with extant research literature and raised valuable insights that could be applied in Australian university settings. The following points briefly summarise some insights relevant to current circumstances and possible future options.

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Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2021 23:10
FoR Codes: 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3606 Visual arts > 360699 Visual arts not elsewhere classified @ 40%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3606 Visual arts > 360602 Fine arts @ 30%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3606 Visual arts > 360604 Photography, video and lens-based practice @ 30%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education @ 40%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130103 The creative arts @ 40%
20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200409 Mental health @ 20%
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