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UAL Teaching Platform: Ethics in Arts, Design and Media Education

Event date
12 December 2018 (9.30am to 4.30pm)
UAL Teaching Platform: Ethics in Arts, Design and Media Education
Students in Arts, Design and Media encounter a diverse range of situations throughout their educational journey, which will invariably include ethical issues around or within their creative practices.
During this event we will explore questions such as:
  • How can we teach ethics better?
  • How can we best prepare our students to make ethical decisions around their practice?
  • What are the challenges and nuances for educators presented by diverse student journeys?
  • How can we navigate ethical issues and find solutions to enable ourselves and our students to fully explore their interests and opportunities in the creative disciplines?
  • How can ethical issues present sites for positive action and outcomes?
  • Where is the student/personal/institutional line which cannot be crossed?
Who should attend?
Anyone with an interest in Ethics in Arts, Design and Media or teaching practice in a Higher Educational setting.
This event is free.  Lunch is included.
Book your place online today! Scroll down to register using the form at the bottom of the page.
The programme of speakers and workshop activities will be confirmed shortly.  The preliminary agenda for the day (ie subject to change) is:
 (scroll down for full speaker bios)

0930-1000            Registration
1000-1010            Welcome & Introduction (Prof Susan Orr)
1000 -1110           Session 1: Interactive, student led session
Freedom vs. responsibility: How do my actions in a socially-engaged design practice impact on others?
Students from the Stage 2 Bigger Picture unit at Central St Martins,  supported by Silke Lange and Kieran Mahon, will share their experiences of collaborative, multidisciplinary and socially-engaged design practice.
1115-1145            Refreshments
1145-1245            Session 2:  Storytelling/discussion workshop
In this session delegates will have opportunities to explore and discuss anonymised student vignettes that surface different and wide ranging ethical considerations in creative education settings
Prof Susan Orr and Prof Malcolm Quinn

1245-1345            Lunch
1255-1315              Optional session: Teaching Ethics - Building a tool for Makers
Join this session to see highlights of a newly created online
                           resource to aid student considerations of ethics in creative
                            Dr Pratap Rughani

1345-1445            Session 3: Keynote 
Practicing Ethics: From Critical Spatial Practice to Site-Writing
Professor Jane Rendell, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

1445-1500            Refreshments
1500-1600            Session 4: Panel 
Dr Alexandra Antonopoulou, London College of Communication, UAL
Dr Silke Lange, Central St Martins, UAL
Prof Matthew Reason, School of Performance & Media Production, York St John University 
1600-1630            Session 5: Final thoughts and close.

Dr Alexandra Antonopoulou is the Course Leader for the 'Certificate in Higher Education: Preparation for Design, Media and Screen' at the London College of Communication - UAL. Her research examines design and story-making as tools for life and engages with wider discourses on design pedagogy, narrative theory, and science communication. Twitter @sousourel

Dr Silke Lange is an educator, researcher and artist. She is Associate Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement at Central Saint Martins. She is an advocate for staff and students to co-create curricula and develop educational models which provide fora for students to explore collaborative working practices across disciplines within the arts and the creative industries. This form of co-creation is one of her research interests, along with the creative process, collective learning, interdisciplinarity and learning environments. In recent years Silke has also been involved in projects crossing European borders, including the European Academy of Participation.Twitter @ComoSilke

Kieran Mahon is Collaborative Unit Leader for Bigger Picture at Central Saint Martins, History and Theory Coordinator for the Interior and Spatial Design Programme at Chelsea College of Arts and PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. His teaching interests lie between architectural history, spatial writing practice and collaborative, multidisciplinary curriculum design. His PhD research investigates how histories of progressive education, pedagogy and architecture in interwar educational environments can shape how we think about teaching and learning in the present. He holds degrees in History and Architectural History from Queen Mary, University of London and University College London respectively.

Susan Orr is Professor of Creative Pedagogy and Dean Learning, Teaching and Enhancement at UAL. Susan manages the Teaching and Learning Exchange and leads on the delivery of the UAL Learning and Teaching Enhancement Strategy. Susan is an HEA National Teaching Fellow and her research explores creative education pedagogies. Twitter: @Susan_K_Orr

Malcolm Quinn is Professor of Cultural and Political History, Associate Dean of Research and Director of Graduate School for Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School, UAL.  He is also Honorary Senior Research Associate, UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham Project.  In 2018, he co-convened the seminar series ‘Bentham and the Arts’ with Anthony Julius (UCL) and Philip Schofield (UCL). Malcolm's research deals with public aesthetics and ethics. He has written two single-authored books that trace, firstly, the aesthetic of politics in twentieth-century fascism and secondly, the intellectual history of a politics of the aesthetic in nineteenth-century Britain. Twitter: @MalcolmQuinn9

Matthew Reason is Professor of Theatre and Performance at York St John University.

Jane Rendell is a transdisciplinary writer who has introduced concepts of ‘critical spatial practice’ and ‘site-writing’ through her authored books: The Architecture of Psychoanalysis (2017), Silver (2016), Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002). Her co-edited collections include Reactivating the Social Condenser (2017), Critical Architecture (2007), Spatial Imagination (2005), The Unknown City (2001), Intersections (2000), Gender, Space, Architecture (1999) and Strangely Familiar (1995). Jane is Professor of Architecture and Art at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where she co-initiated and teaches on the new MA Situated Practice and supervises PhDs in architecture, art, urbanism and experimental writing. With Bartlett Ethics Fellow, Dr David Roberts, she leads the Bartlett’s Ethics Commission; and, with Research Associate, Dr Yael Padan, the Ethics Work Package for KNOW - Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality

Dr Pratap Rughani is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and Associate Dean of Research at London College of Communication.  Pratap has presented and written widely about the relationship between film, philosophy and the evolution of post-colonial thought.  As an educator Pratap works with students as both collaborator and mentor and in doing so helps students to bridge the gap between study and professional practice. Pratap's research interests include documentary film, ethics, subjectivity, post colonial, nationality, cross cultural, Kubrick, mediation, and photography.

Students from the Stage 2 Bigger Picture unit at Central St Martins
The Bigger Picture at Central Saint Martins is a collaborative unit that explores the University’s values in relation to questions of design theory and practice through cross-disciplinary and intercultural interaction. It is taught across four undergraduate degrees, bringing together students from BA Architecture, Ceramic, Graphic Communication and Product Design.


This event is part of a series hosted by University of the Arts London, exploring key issues in art and design teaching and learning in higher education. Each event includes leading speakers sharing current thinking in creative education and is designed to be interactive: delegates will have opportunities to engage in activities to support networking and engagement. 
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