International Journal of Art & Design Education

Art in Context

Volume 7.2   1988



Allison argues that two of the main characteristics of art and design education in the 1980's were its inexorable move into the mainstream of education, and its direct connection with the social, economic and industrial life of society. He recognises that these developments provided a context of dynamic realism offering exciting challenges and opportunities, not least that of being able to explain the vital roles art and design has to play in the humanistic development of the individual and the social and economic well-being of society. He considers, in turn: culture and society; values in art and design; educated consumerism; the critical domain; criticism in the curriculum; and research into critical ability.