MA Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries alumni conference

We want to engage with our alumni in what we see as the big debates about postgraduate education in the applied arts. What is its long-term future, in a world where uncertainty seems to be a permanent state of mind? Where next for the creative industries in the UK? We invite you (and your guests) to join us at the Central Saint Martins Kings Cross campus for a day of discussion and debate – and a chance to network and socialize among old friends and new colleagues.

Date: Saturday 22 September 2012
Time: 10.30am – 5.00pm
Location: Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4A

Agenda
10.30 Coffee and polemical conversation
11.00 Introduction (Dominic Stone, Acting Course Director; Richard Reynolds, Acting Course Tutor)
11.30 Keynote Addresses (speakers to be confirmed)
12.00 Alumni Reflections. Several of our alumni reflect in depth about their time on the course. Its structure and curriculum have changed on more than one occasion. This will be an opportunity to catch up and reflect on changes to the course since your graduation.

1.00 Lunch

14.30 Alumni Debates
1. ‘I wasn’t taught very much, but I learned a huge amount.’ [Attributed to former BA Product Design student at Central Saint Martins]
How do we get the balance right between giving students sufficient guidance and support – and encouraging them to take the fullest advantage of the imaginative freedom which our course makes possible?

2.’Creativity… Is it best nurtured but not measured? As the old saying goes, “you don’t fatten pigs by weighing them.’’’ [Rogers, M. and Fasciato, M. 2005. From ‘Can creativity be assessed?’ Presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference. Manchester Metropolitan University]
As an MA course, we are obliged to assess our students. But the method of assessment used is open to debate, and our current method (examination by exhibition) could always be changed. Should we continue to examine by exhibition, revert to a written dissertation, move to examination by symposium or conference – or experiment with something else?

3. ‘With the ongoing recession, risk taking is gaining a terrible reputation. Instead, employers are looking for reliable candidates who can produce results based on tested methods’ [from ‘Getting The Interview Dress Code Right!’. 2011. From Squidoo.com]
What are the most powerful arguments that we can advance to repudiate this negative point of view about who we all are and what we all do?
15.30 Coffee

15.45 Alumni Outcomes
16.30 Summation and Further Debate
17.00 Conclusions

And afterwards… more networking… and drinks.

The whole day (including refreshments and lunch) is free to all alumni and their registered guests.

RSVP to: r.reynolds@csm.arts.ac.uk

Find out more on the MA Applied Imagination course page