International Journal of Art & Design Education

What's Happening to Photography

Volume 15.1   1996



This is the first public output of the joint Arts Council/University of Portsmouth research project into photography teaching in GNVQ Art and Design and Media Communications and Production. It reports principally from various contacts and interviews in the first six months of the project and from the results of a questionnaire survey of art and design lecturers involved in GNVQ. The paper suggests that the increasing significance of photography in artistic, cultural and social practices is not adequately reflected in formal education. We report on the resource implications of offering substantial photography courses, some preliminary findings about the kinds of students studying art and design GNVQ, and the perceived value of official publications. Although we report difficulties with GNVQs in art and design, and more specifically with photography, we also record comments which indicate some reasons for optimism.