International Journal of Art & Design Education

Remembering the Future: Art & Design and Media Education in Scotland

Volume 16.1   1997



Media Education, including Media Studies as a discipline in its own right and as a permeating element of other subjects, not least art and design, has enjoyed a privileged growth in Scotland. Occasioned by a series of school residencies utilising photographic and electronic imaging, the paper looks at some of the background to media educationis promissory growth whilst seeking to illuminate its current status. Despite governmental trends, particular emphasis is placed on the ability of media education to vitiate tendencies towards orthodoxy. The paper also takes the opportunity to look at two contemporary issues in art and design education - the role of critical studies as an underpinning sub-discipline and that of child-centred expressivity which, at times, have been seen to be irreconcilably opposite.