Link to Issue 18


Networks was established in 2007 by the Art Design Media Higher Education Academy Subject Centre, based at the University of Brighton and funded by the UK higher education funding councils. Networks is an online publication written by, and distributed free of charge amongst, colleagues involved in higher education teaching and learning in art, design and media subjects.

Networks aims to:

- Support a network of colleagues involved in higher education in art, design and media subjects;
- Help share knowledge between colleagues working in UK art, design and media higher education;
- Promote and share effective practice in learning and teaching.

Readers tell us that the news, features, case studies, projects and reviews impact on their teaching practice in positive ways. Many contributors use Networks to share their research with a broad audience where it can have genuine impact.

Networks has been published quarterly with contributions from colleagues working in UK-based art, design and media HE. Issue 18 is the last published in the current form but watch this space for future developments.

Editors' choice

A selection of articles from our latest issue.

Image by Anand Damadoran from Broad Vision project

Collaborative discovery across disciplinary divides: promoting interdisciplinary learning via student-led extracurricular art/science research and practice


This article is based upon a recent interdisciplinary pedagogic research project – ‘Broad Vision: The Art & Science of Looking’ – which explored the perception and interpretation of microscopic worlds, whilst simultaneously investigating the potential benefits and challenges of working across disciplinary divides within a university. The authors reflect upon the different roles undertaken by st...

Silke Lange and Joshua Dinsmore, University of Westminster

Portrait of Matthew using Processing code to vary the pressure of a 3mm drill bit in MDF. Photo: Steffi HuÃlein

Processing: Analogue / Digital Material Surfaces (imprecise with precise tools): A collaborative student-staff workshop with international guests

Case study

Dan Robinson has been an artist and educator for about 15 years but never expected to feel so delighted by learning to draw a dot, albeit on sheet metal. This article describes a workshop and exhibition with guest designers Prof. Steffi Hußlein (Magdeburg) and Rob Laux (Berlin) held on 14 – 16 November 2011 at Leeds College of Art (LCA). The workshop explored digital and analogue methods of gen...

Dan Robinson, Leeds College of Art

Section from Figure 3: Image taken in the styling workshop where students were asked to create a setting using a model, props and lighting, which they then drew.

ADM-HEA Teaching Fellowship Projects 2010-11


The Art Design Media Subject Centre made six awards under its Art Design Media Teaching Fellowship Scheme for the academic year 2010/11. The scheme was part of ADM-HEA’s aim to support the professional development and recognition of staff in HE and ensure that their teaching is valued and rewarded. Four Teaching Fellows from 2010-11, the final iteration of the scheme, report on their experien...

Networks team, University of Brighton

Untitled drawing by Robert Clarke

Towards an ontology of the studio tutorial


This paper reflects on the critical nature of the studio tutorial from the perspective of the teaching and learning experience. It substantiates its argument by refuting a discernible view that art practice (and hence its criticism) is ‘subjective.’ To do so, it co-opts aspects from philosophy and the psychoanalytic tradition to explain how a student’s work represents an ontologically existenti...

Robert Clarke, University of Huddersfield