External Projects: How External Site Specific Projects Help Students to Develop their Learning Skills

Nicholas Rodgers
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The paper considers the use of external site specific projects within the structure of the printed textiles programme at LUSAD. It considers the positive effects on students learning and the benifits that they the external companies recieve from working with each other.

The paper explores the development of Projects with 3M Healthcare, Astrazenneca, Volvo and the Maths Learning Support centre at Loughborough University. It shows examples of the work produced and shows how students successfuly dealt with the the requirements of the company, the demands of the course and the pressure to create interesting and challenging artwork. the paper explains the reason for introducing students to this type of project when they are tradidionally expecting to study fashion or furnishing textiles. It also argues that this approach has a positive impact on the development of the students learning and this results in work of a high national standard.

Keywords: Textiles, Site Specific, Projects, Positive Learning, Challenging Artwork
Stream: Arts Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Nicholas Rodgers

Lecturer in Textiles, School of Art and Design, Loughborough University
Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK

I have been a lecturer in Printed Textiles at various institutions in the UK since 1995. I am a graduate of the royal College of Art and Glasgow School of Art.I am responsible for developing and delivering external projects within the printed textiles programme at LUSAD.This has involved developing small scale projects with companies such as Volvo, 3m Healthcare and Astrazenneca.
My professional practice is concerned with the production of Textile artworks for commercial clients.These have included british Telecom, Glaxo Smithkline and Island Records. I am currently researching potential techniques for embossing and printing on leather.i am also conducting a funded project that introduces formal peer assessment into the textiles programme at LUSAD. this project will be developed to consider the potential of incorporating the model within various art and design programmes.

Ref: A06P0441