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Archive: What’s the Point of Art School?

At a moment when art and design education is being threatened, the need for answers to this question is greater than ever.

Central Saint Martins launched a series of events in April and May 2013 to address the question: "What’s the Point of Art School?"

These events included roundtables, debates, workshops, talks. The series culminated in an exhibition titled Philosophical Toys, which placed art school design in the tradition of a device that introduced 19th century audiences to new forms of knowledge via immersive, visceral experiences.

At a moment when art and design education is being potentially threatened at school level through changes to the curriculum and exam structures, and at university level through new funding regimes, the need to deliver clear answers to this question is greater than ever.

Art and design education is continually reinventing itself and this series of events is an opportunity to take stock of where we are and where we might be heading. The intent is not to arrive at a single answer, but to develop responses that celebrate and articulate the key role that art and design education plays in the cultural, social and economic life of the world.

Professor Jeremy Till
Head of Central Saint Martins
Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London

Shelly Asquith on institutional elitism

Symposium: the future of art and design in schools

Closing speech: Professor Jeremy Till

Johnny Vegas in conversation with Suzanne Moore