Abstract “Considering the Development of Creative Agency through Art and Design Pedagogy as an imperative.”

This presentation is built upon observations, reflections and thoughts from my teaching of graphic design in an American university project in the context of Qatar, a nation seeking to develop its own creative capacity in its aspirations to transition from a petro to a knowledge economy as well as to orient its traditional culture to dynamic global networks of creativity, innovation, and collaboration.

The core question I will attend to is looking at design teaching and pedagogy’s imperative and potential in developing creative agency as contextualized within both individual and collective contexts. Briefly, I will provide a mapping the nature and basis of creative agency and consider its relevance to emerging conditions of technology, sociocultural transformations, disciplinary shifts, and systemic challenges to education.

This consideration will be developed to help prompt the working group’s discussion and development of what initiatives might be developed to further promote Art and Design teaching and pedagogy towards more valuable and sustainable impacts.

Peter Martin

About Andreas Kohli

Andreas Kohli is an art teacher and designer and works as a lecturer and project manager at the Zurich University of the Arts. He teaches mainly in the Bachelor of Arts Education at the Department of Cultural Analysis. His teaching activities focus on the characteristics of perception of reality and its medial representation, on social issues and their effects on visual and pedagogical work, on transculturality and on methods of artistic practice. One of the main interests relates to the current processes of change in urban development and urban life. Additional topics are the development of teaching materials and e-learning content. He has led numerous cultural projects in Europe and South Africa and initiated projects in collaboration with Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Baptist University and Aalto University, Helsinki.

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