International Journal of Art & Design Education

The Junior Art Department 1918-1944

Volume 7.2   1988



The author traces the history of the junior art department to 1944. He provides an argument that proposes the forerunners of city technology colleges in Britain comprised a range of schools linked to further education colleges where boys and girls aged 13 - 16 received an education which would fit them for work in occupations which required craft or artistic sensibilities. The paper goes on to consider the different approaches taken in a number of junior art departments, by way of organisation and curriculum content, in contrast to elementary and secondary schools of the period. Central to the argument is the attempt to prepare students for employment in meeting the needs of industry.