Dr Will Grant

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons); MA; MEd; PGCE; QTS; PGCAPP; EdD
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Art and Design Education
  • Department:School of Arts
  • Telephone:+4411732 83635
  • Email:Will.Grant@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am Associate Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies in the School of Arts. Built on world-class industry partnerships, faculty research expertise, and the breadth of technical excellence available in the School of Arts, our postgraduate programmes represent an outstanding investment for future practitioners and leaders in the arts and cultural economies.

As a passionate advocate for the value of postgraduate study in the arts, I am committed to continued expansion of the scale and diversity of our provision in this space. I view dialogue with stakeholders and dynamic curriculum innovation as central in ensuring contemporary and creative student experiences, working closely with a team of disciplinary experts to pursue coherent and collaborative outcomes. I advocate for an advanced arts education that might simultaneously extend learners' professional competencies, theoretical positionality, and practical sophistication, bridging the gap between undergraduate foundations and independent artistic mastery.

I am also Senior Lecturer in Art and Design Education, and as such teach across the School of Education and Childhood.

My own career began following a BA (Hons) Illustration degree at Falmouth University, producing conceptual works for corporate clients including Sony and ClimateCare, alongside personal projects and album artwork. I latterly moved to roles in publishing, including production of artists' monographs and exhibition catalogues at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

I studied my PGCE in Art and Design in 2011 and latterly led art and photography departments in London and Bristol secondary schools until joining UWE to engage with teacher education and art educational research in 2019. I continue to be an active member of the National Society of Education in Art and Design, a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. Until recently, I was a long-serving, active trustee of the Roche Court Education Trust.

I am co-editor of the International Journal for Art and Design Education.

Area of expertise

My teaching draws on experience and research in the classroom, including on issues of pedagogy, curricula, assessment, and inclusion. I have particular interest in equity and arts education, postmodern art education, and critical arts education.

Recent research has involved inspecting art education practices in relation to modernist tradition, documenting the self-image of female art and design teachers, and cliche and stereotype in arts curricula. My doctoral research at the University of Glasgow focused on the sustainability of prospective art educators' idealism when faced with technocratic rationale in the classroom.


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