ISSN: 17435234
Online ISSN: 2040090X
First published in 2005
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Call for Papers

Special Issue Call for Papers: 

Education through Art: Practice-based Research in Art and Design

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Guest Editors: Stuart MacDonald OBE and Julian Malins

It is over twenty years since the emergence of practice-based research in Art and Design in UK art schools and it is ten years since the publication of key texts such as Visualizing Research (Gray C. & Malins J., 2004) which marked a key stage in the progress of practice-based research methodologies and helped confer legitimacy on its development. The prevalence of practice-based Ph.D.s worldwide is testament both to the interest in research in contemporary art and design and the need to find conducive methodological approaches. Despite its provenance, perceived academic legitimacy and ubiquitousness, practice-based research in Art and Design remains a contested domain of scholarship. By revisiting practice-based research twenty-five years on, the aim of this special issue is to contour the territory, survey the current scene and raise fresh debate about what has now developed into an almost universal practice in Art and Design schools and courses.
The special issue will be the occasion to illuminate some of the key issues that still surround practice-based research in Art and Design in an international context, particularly the impact upon Art and Design Education at various levels. This remains an underdeveloped field; for example, what is:
 The relation to movements in research-led teaching in Higher Education?
 The influence on Art and Design in Primary (Elementary) and Secondary (High) schools?
 The consequences for research in vocational education?
The special issue hopes to attract a range of articles and visual essays that will develop a new conversation and point practitioners and students in Art and Design and Education to the latest developments.
Contributors should make it clear when submitting materials that they are intended for the themed issue ‘Practice-based Research in Art and Design’. All enquiries should be addressed to the editor at
Only online submissions will be accepted, please follow author guidelines at


The International Journal of Education through Art is seeking submissions. The journal is interdisciplinary in its reflection of teaching and learning contexts and also in its representation of artistic approaches and practices. It provides a platform for those who wish to question and evaluate the ways in which art education is practiced, disseminated and interpreted across a diverse range of educational contexts. Each issue consists of peer-reviewed articles and image-text features.

Particular emphasis is placed on articles that:
• Critically reflect on the relationship between education and art
• Propose original ways of rethinking the status of education and art education
• Address the role of teaching and learning in either formal or informal
educational contexts and along side issues of age, gender and social background
• Adopt an open and inventive interpretation of research-based analysis
• Promote and experiment with visual/textual forms of representing art education activities, issues and research

Potential topics include:
• Art, craft and design education
• Formal and informal education contexts
• Meaning making, image and identity in art education
• Public, community and environmental art
• Pedagogy and emerging technologies Policy and practice
• Trans-cultural issues
• Visual communication and culture

Articles should not normally exceed 6000 words in length, should include full references and bibliography, and should also include an abstract of no more than 150 words detailing the key areas of analysis. In addition to illustrated articles we are happy to receive proposals for creative image/text features that document, evaluate or reflect on learning activities, events and outcomes. In this instance individuals are required to submit visual materials together with a written proposal which should include a critical introduction of no more than 300 words outlining to the editorial team why the work submitted is relevant to the theme of art education. Please refer to the full guidelines before submitting an article or feature.

To submit an article or for submission guidelines please go to IJETA's online submission page

Guidelines for authors (articles and image-text features) can be found at:



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