15 Methods : 20 Questions


This book features interviews with foundation course leaders, and leaders of schools, national campaign groups, and museum departments. It provides an insight into the process, value and potential of art education and methods of teaching art and design that go beyond imitation or perfecting a set of technical skills. It is a ‘must-read’ for anyone considering further study in art and design in the UK and for all those who are curious about where an art education might lead and who it is for. With many UK artists having done a foundation course, it is also enlightening to those who have ever wondered why contemporary art looks as it does.


Foundation Art & Design Courses: Leeds College of Art, University of the Arts London, Manchester School of Art, Arts University Bournemouth, Carlisle College of the Arts, Leyton Sixth Form College, Barnet and Southgate College, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Edinburgh College of Art, Paris College of Art. Plus interviews with: The Campaign for Drawing; Plymouth College of Art; The Sorrell Foundation; Victoria & Albert Museum and The Welling School.
Introduction by Elena Crippa, Tate Art School Educated. Afterword – Matthew Cornford, University of Brighton.
Interviews collected and edited by Jo Allen and Sarah Rowles.
Produced with Support from the Higher Education Academy.
ISBN: 978-0-9564355-3-8


Reader feedback and case studies

“The publication is deeply informative and has given me several ideas as to how I can use it to support and advocate art and design education and associated issues within our college and beyond into local schools – a truly valuable resource. I have asked the college resource centre to buy all four books and will present them as recommended reading for our level 3 and 4/5 students”. Foundation Course Leader.

“A friend was talking about art schools and issues in teaching and recommended the books. I found 15 Methods: 20 Questions a brilliant overview of the various approaches to ‘teaching’ and learning at art school, particularly in regard to Foundation Diploma level.”  Fine Art lecturer, North Wales School of Art and Design, Wrexham.

“I am struck by your approach. Your Q-Art introductions contain an honesty and clarity of insight (and are beautifully readable) that I’ve not found in much art & design pedagogic research. Simultaneously, they allow a confluence of positions and complexities to co-exist. It’s much more inclusive, engaging and realistic than the authoritative (patriarchal) academic research I’ve become accustomed to reading”. Foundation tutor, London Met


Extra Interviews
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