Rethinking materialities in higher education by Maarit Mäkelä and Teija Löytönen in Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education

Posted on April 2018

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Mäkelä, Maarit and Löytönen, Teija (2017). 
Rethinking materialities in higher education. Art Design & Communication in Higher Education 16(2):241-258
Art, craft and design activities are fundamentally creative in nature, requiring the implementation of ideas in the form of materially embodied artefacts. Within art and design education, initiation to the creative process is usually enhanced via a studio model where material experimentations are an integral part of learning processes. This case study explores materiality in learning from a relational perspective where material forces are at play in constituting learning: how learning is entangled with or an effect of the engagement with the materiality of places, environments and (organic) matter. We base our enquiry on an MA course called Design Exploration and Experimentation organized at Aalto University, Finland. The experiences of three students discussed in the article form the key data of the case study. By describing the relations between the experiences, environments and creative outcomes, the case study sheds light on the relevance of materiality in learning, especially in higher education.
curriculum; design; education; experimentation; learning; material

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