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Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Project [LTAS]
31 May 2010
Creative and Performing Arts - Professor Jonathan Holmes
Report for Council of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Newsletter
Members of the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Discipline Reference Group for the Learning and Teaching Academic Standards project (from left) :
- Associate Professor Kim Vincs (Deputy Chair, Tertiary Dance Council of Australia)
- Dr Marcelle Freiman (Chair, Australasian Association of Writing Programs)
- Professor Jonathan Holmes (ALTC Discipline Scholar)
- Alison Wotherspoon (Chair, Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association)
- Professor Noel Frankham (Chair, Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools)
- Professor Jennifer Radbourne (Dean of Arts and Education, Deakin University)
- Associate Professor Su Baker (Head of the School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts)
- Wendy Fountain (Project Officer, CAPA discipline group).
- Martin Cass (Founder and Director, JMC Academy, Sydney)
- Professor Ian Howard (Dean and Provost, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW)
- Associate Professor Ian Maxwell (Chair, Australasian Association for Theatre Drama and Performance Studies)
- Professor Richard Vella (Chair, National Council of Tertiary Music Schools).
At the Australian Learning and Teaching Council national forum on academic standards held in Melbourne in early February, 2010, the expert panel for Creative and Performing Arts recommended the development of a generic suite of threshold learning outcome statements that could be applied to the following broad practice-led disciplines:
Visual Arts · Music · Theatre · Dance · New Media · Creative Writing
Since the National Forum, Professor Jonathan Holmes, Discipline Scholar in Creative and Performing Arts, through extensive consultation, has been able to develop a suite of six threshold learning outcome statements for undergraduate degrees in Creative and Performing Arts. These are currently being reviewed by the Creative and Performing Arts Discipline Reference Group, which first met in mid-April, 2010, and they will be released for widespread discussion and comment in early June.
Given almost all university degrees in the Creative and Performing Arts are accredited by the individual institutions (that is, that there are few degrees that require a national board for accreditation), the strategy has been to identify the peak academic bodies of the disciplines identified above. The Chair or Deputy Chair of each of these bodies has been invited to join the Discipline Reference Group with the idea that they can then draw in their discipline communities to the process of establishing and endorsing the national academic standards in the field. Later this year the aim will be to seek endorsement from the executive boards of these peak bodies along with the endorsement of the Deans responsible for managing degree programs in the Creative and Performing Arts. This strategy appears to be meeting with the approval of the many academics who have been consulted so far.
In recent weeks Jonathan Holmes has been discussing with stakeholders the ways in which these learning outcome statements might be implemented at the university level and the overwhelming view has been that the current form of the draft statements, which seeks to establish a generic set of learning outcomes, is the preferred model rather than one that attempts to define a set of discipline-specific learning outcomes for each of the broad fields of endeavour described above. The stakeholders are generally of the view that the proposed learning outcomes will meet the desired goal of establishing a set of threshold national standards for all undergraduate degrees in Creative and Performing Arts and that the role of the Discipline Scholar over the next few months should be to consult with the discipline communities in order to produce an evidence-based document that describes how the learning outcome statements might be interpreted at the program and degree levels within individual institutions.
A similar process is currently being applied in order to establish threshold learning outcome statements at the Masters by Coursework level.
Discipline Reference Group
- Professor Noel Frankham
Chair, Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools
(University of Tasmania noel.frankham [at] utas . edu . au; 03 6226 4301)
- Associate Professor Su Baker
Head, School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts and Music
(University of Melbourne - bakerse [at] unimelb . edu . au; 03 9685 9464)
- Professor Richard Vella
Chair, National Council of Tertiary Music Schools
(University of Newcastle - richard.vella [at] newcastle . edu . au; 02 4921 5995)
- Associate Professor Ian Maxwell
Chair, Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies
(University of Sydney - ian . maxwell [at] sydney . edu . au; 02 9351 6847)
- Ms Alison Wotherspoon
Chair, Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association
(Flinders University - alison . wotherspoon [at] flinders . edu . au; 08 8201 2290 or 08 8201 5121)
- Associate Professor Kim Vincs
Deputy Chair, Tertiary Dance Council of Australia
(Deakin University - kim.vincs [at] deakin . edu . au; 03 9251 7663)
- Dr Marcelle Freiman
Chair, Australasian Association of Writing Programs
(Macquarie University - marcelle.freiman [at] humn . mq . edu . au; 02 9850 6892)
- Professor Ian Howard
Dean and Provost, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales
(University of New South Wales - ian.howard [at] unsw . edu . au; 02 9385 0850)
- Professor Jennifer Radbourne
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University
(Deakin University - dean-artsed [at] deakin . edu . au; 03 925 17099)
- Mr Martin Cass
Founder and Director, JMC Academy, Sydney
(JMC - martin [at] jmc . edu . au; 02 9281 8899; 02 9212 4801)
- Professor Jonathan Holmes
(Discipline Scholar, ALTC, University of Tasmania - holmes [at] utas . edu . au; 03 6226 4336)
- Ms Wendy Fountain
(Project Officer, ALTC, University of Tasmania - wendy . fountain [at] utas . edu . au; 03 6226 4318)
31 May 2010
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