Theory as Practice and Practice as Theory – Praxis and the PhD in art
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AbstractIn the era of what the American philosopher Paul Feyerabend styled “anything goes,” what are the present criteria of judgment for art? Quoting questions first presented by David Hume in the 18th century, the idea that no institution has the power to decide what constitutes good art makes the problem of assessment particularly acute in present-day art education. The first section proposes some practical solutions to this problem. After establishing how assessment methods can redefine the requirements of art making for our time, at least in the domain of art education, the second section presents definitions of the differences between undergraduate and postgraduate studies in art. Relying on definitions provided by Professor Christopher Frayling at the Royal College of Art, it is also possible to define more clearly what would constitute the differences between the Master of Fine Arts – which had remained for many years the terminal degree in art – and the Doctorate of Fine Arts. Since the fundamental requirement for a doctoral degree is to create new knowledge, the last section explores the possibility for DFA thesis and their attached artworks to do so. A specific example is therefore attached with comments on both the works and the writings achieved for a recently completed DFA in Hong Kong.
All Author(s) ListVIGNERON F
Name of ConferenceSymposium on Development of Arts Education - Arts Education for tomorrow
Start Date of Conference06/10/2016
End Date of Conference07/10/2016
Place of ConferenceHong Kong
Country/Region of ConferenceHong Kong
Proceedings TitleProceedings of Symposium on Development of Arts Education – Arts Education for Tomorrow
Year2017
Month2
Day1
PublisherHong Kong Arts School
Place of PublicationHong Kong
Pages57 - 64
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsArt education, PhD in visual art, anything goes

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