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Title: The dance goes on forever? Art schools, class and UK higher education
Authors: Banks, Mark
Oakley, K.
First Published: 4-Nov-2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: The International Journal of Cultural Policy, 2015, 22 (1), pp. 41-57 (17)
Abstract: For most of the twentieth century, the UK ‘art school’ was widely seen as an accessible alternative to University. In Art into Pop, Simon Frith and Howard Horne revealed how this state-funded art and design training, linked to manufacturing industries and backed by relatively low or informal entry requirements, offered the prospect of social and economic uplift for hitherto marginalised working-class youth. More recently, however, while enrolments have expanded, art schools have become absorbed into conventional universities and the class profile, at least at the more prestigious colleges, has changed significantly. Simultaneously, art schools, together with other forms of higher education (HE) have been yoked to a broader public policy agenda of the ‘creative economy’ – one that often marginalises working-class people. This paper takes the changing nature of the art school as its starting point for discussion of class, HE and the creative economy workforce.
DOI Link: 10.1080/10286632.2015.1101082
ISSN: 1028-6632
eISSN: 1477-2833
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence CC BY-NC-ND, further details of which can be found via the following link: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website.
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