The Field of Visual Pedagogies in China and its Transformations

Jen WEBB, Xin Gu

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This chapter investigates the transformation of the traditional ‘artistic’ position within tertiary visual arts program in China through a study of the longest established visual arts college in metropolitan Shanghai. Based on interviews with graduates and staff working at the college, this chapter critically analyses the tensions between commercial success and artistic validation casted on tertiary visual arts programs in China. It tries to make sense of the relationship between the changing experience of arts education and the artist self-building process under two major contextual changes in China: the expansion, and the privatisation, of arts education.
In addition, this paper surveys research on curriculum design for visual arts degree at the tertiary level in the west and in China, identifying key transformations of visual pedagogy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInvestigating the visual as a transformative pedagogy in the Asia Region
EditorsIan MacArthur, Rod Bamford, Fang Xu, Brad Miller
Place of PublicationChampaign Ill
PublisherCommon Ground Publishing
Chapter2 of 7
Number of pages47
ISBN (Print)9781863350273, 9781863350259
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameTransformative Pedagogies in the Visual Domain
PublisherCommon Ground Publishing


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