International Journal of Art & Design Education

Art as Graphicacy in the Common Curriculum

Volume 3.2   1984



The Great Education Debate was initiated in 1977 by the publication of a Green Paper identifying the aims of schools. In this context, the role of art and design and its exclusion from the list of core subjects in the school curriculum is discussed. Contributions to the debate by the DES and HMI and alternative frameworks for the curriculum are discussed as a preface to presenting a model in which graphicacy, one of five communication skills, would be placed within a common curriculum. A role for art and design teachers is easily identifiable within this framework, particularly in the field of graphicacy which overlaps many of domains of art education idenitified by Maurice Barrett.