By Definition – GDEN Spring Symposium 2019, Leeds Beckett University, Wednesday, 01. May 2019

Exploring the articulation of contemporary graphic design courses in higher education
Wednesday 1st May 2019
1.00 – 5.00pm
Helena Good & Zoe Patterson – Edinburgh College of ArtDr Paul Wilson – University of LeedsLucienne Roberts – GraphicDesign&/LucienneRoberts+Convened by Justin Burns, GDEN/Leeds Beckett University
Over the last two centuries, the discipline of graphic design has been referred to and re-categorised as commercial art, graphic arts, visual communication and communication design; this multitude of references have informed creative course titles within HE institutions across the UK. As the subject area has developed, graphic design strategies have been appropriated and implemented into other art and design curricula – such as product design, fashion design and architecture. HE institutions **** numerous challenges in developing, articulating and sustaining their Art & Design academic portfolios. Defining and communicating the course principals is fundamental to sustaining a viable program in Graphic Design.
Following the research symposium in October 2018 where the term of Graphic Design, its subset definitions and correlative descriptors were probed, the Graphic Design Educators’ Network spring symposium will explore the definition and articulation of the discipline in Higher Education. For some candidates, navigating the 378 (Graphic/Communication Design/Illustration) undergraduate course providers in the UK, the multiplicity of titles are indistinguishable, but for some students, the course titles communicate distinct offers. We use terms to define the practices we advocate and teach, but how does a candidate interpret these descriptors at a recruitment fair or an open day? What do they think they will learn?
Provisional Programme (please note lunch is not included)
12:30 Registration
1:00 Welcome – Justin Burns, Head of Art & Design, Leeds Beckett University
1:10 Helena Good & Zoe Patterson – Edinburgh College of Art
1:50 Dr Paul Wilson – University of Leeds
2:30 Break – refreshments provided
2:50 Parallel sessions x 2  (details TBC)
3:30 Lucienne Roberts
4:10 Plenary
4:45 End
5:00pm onwards: All attendees are welcome for post plenary drinks in The Victoria, Great George St
Cost: 20.00 including refreshments
Lunch not included
Getting to Leeds Beckett University City Campus
Woodhouse Building, 
Woodhouse Lane, LS1 3HB
City Campus is very central and spread over several buildings around Woodhouse Lane. We are just a few minutes walk from the main shopping centres, the First Direct Arena and heading out of town, Hyde Park.
You can download the City campus map here.
Arriving by Train:
Our main City Campus buildings are a 15 minute walk
from Leeds rail station or you can get the Leeds City bus from outside the station to the Rose Bowl (Portland Way). 
Arriving by car:
Leeds has good motorway links from the M1, M62 and M621 making it easy for you to reach our city. However, parking at our City Campus for events is extremely limited due to the high number of visitors we receive. We highly recommend that visitors make use of public transport and the free shuttle bus service from Leeds Railway Station, where possible. 
There are a number of city centre car parks located near to our campus buildings. These can get busy during events and we would advise that you use Leeds Travel Info to check available car parking spaces on the day and that you leave plenty of time to find a parking space and walk to the campus.
Approaches to Leeds City Centre: 
North: A1-A58

East: M62 to J29 then M621 to J3

South / south-east: M1 to J43 then M621 to J3
West: A65 via Kirkstall

North-west: A660 via Headingley 
Postcodes for the closest city centre car parks are as follows:

Woodhouse Lane Multi-storey: LS2 3AX

Merrion Centre: LS2 8BT

St. Johns Centre (NCP): LS2 8LQ.

The Light: LS1 8TL

We also offer a free park and ride service from Cinder Moor (LS6 2RE). Our coaches will take you into the city centre and drop you off at the Rose Bowl and Portland Building, where you will check in.
Where to eat:



Wednesday, 01. May 2019, Leeds Beckett University, By Definition – GDEN Spring Symposium 2019

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