NSEAD Publish New Manifesto for Art, Craft and Design Education

Our VAUK partners the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD), the lead professional body for art, craft and design education in the UK, have produced a new Manifesto for Art, Craft and Design Education. 

NSEAD is the lead professional body for art, craft and design education in the United Kingdom. The Society exists to promote outstanding art, craft and design education and look after the professional interests of teachers and educators of art, craft and design across all phases throughout the UK.

A Manifesto for Art, Craft and Design Education seeks to celebrate, signpost and position our subject within the context of seven research evidenced policy proposals to ensure a world-class art, craft and design education for all our communities of learners.

NSEAD believes that a world class art, craft and design education provides and inspires personal expression, personal understanding, creative and practical responses, promoting imaginative risk taking to provide solutions to our material, emotional, social and virtual worlds.

A world class art, craft and design education will engage, inspire and challenge children, young people, and lifelong learners, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to participate in, experiment with, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Children, young people and lifelong learners should be able to think creatively and critically. They should investigate and evaluate a wide range of creative outcomes from the past and present to develop rigorous understanding of the many disciplines within art, craft and design and how they shape our history and future.

This will enable children, young people and lifelong learners to contribute to and engage as confident citizens and future professionals to the culture, creativity, economic success, leisure, material and emotional wellbeing of our society within both national and global contexts.

The education and cultural sectors are facing challenges from both current government policy and the global economic downturn. Within the context of art, craft and design education the value, depth and breadth of the subject is challenged in both formal and informal education.

A Manifesto for Art, Craft and Design Education lays out a clear vision for the subject that will celebrate, signpost, promote, defend and ensure art, craft and design education has the position it deserves and society needs in the twenty-first century.

The full report can be found at www.nsead.org, or downloaded in pdf format from this link.