Stop creative subjects being dropped from the school curriculum

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Blog | No Comments
A while ago I blogged about the closure of the BA Furniture Making course at Leeds College of Art. One of the reasons given for the closure was falling applications and one of the reasons for this is the decline of craft teaching in our schools. The recent government proposals for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) will compound this problem. [...]
The closure of BA Furniture Making course at Leeds College of Art.

The closure of BA Furniture Making course at Leeds College of Art.

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

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I was sad, and rather angered to hear that the BA Furniture Making course at Leeds Art College is to close, this follows news of staff cuts on the Furniture foundation degree at the London College of Furniture . Also my daughter is a student on the formerly highly respected BA Embroidery course at Manchester Metropolitan University, this is also to close. It seems that craft teaching in the UK is taking a real hit at the moment.

The closure of the Leeds course means that there is no degree course in furniture making offered north of Watford. Eventually the teaching of furniture making will be entirely privatized and regionalized. To get a professional training one will have to relocate to the south east or south west and pay for a private course, an option available perhaps to ex bankers,  but not for a young person wanting to follow a passion for making things. We will be a sad country if opportunities for self fulfillment through making become the reserve of the wealthy.