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Theory and (in) Practice: The Problem of Integration in Art and Design Education

Rintoul, Jenny



© 2014 NSEAD/John Wiley Sons Ltd. This paper examines the relationship between art 'theory' and art 'practice' in British art education at post-compulsory level, with a focus on the ways in which theory is framed and delivered and what this means for its integration. Drawing upon constructions of knowledge and approaches to integration as a technique and integration as a philosophy, suggestions are made on ways of organising theory in relation to studio practice. Theory is discussed here in terms of its common label in British Further and Higher Education: Critical and Contextual Studies (CCS), and particular reference is made to data drawn from research into practices of CCS on the BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design in 2008-10. Through the data, three dominant models of CCS are proposed and examined in order to identify the problem of integration and to make suggestions on what it means to integrate CCS in an art and design course.


Rintoul, J. R., & Rintoul, J. (2014). Theory and (in) Practice: The Problem of Integration in Art and Design Education. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 33(3), 345-354.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 1, 2014
Publication Date Oct 1, 2014
Journal International Journal of Art and Design Education
Print ISSN 1476-8062
Electronic ISSN 1476-8070
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 3
Pages 345-354
Keywords critical and contextual studies, integration, theory and practice, post-compulsory education, extended diploma in art and design
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [Rintoul, J. (2014) Theory and (in) practice: The problem of integration in art and design education. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 33 (3). pp. 345-354. ISSN 1476-8062], which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.


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