Derek Johnson (Director of The School of Art & Design) taught a day of embedding maths into creative education to other UAL (University of Arts London) Lecturers. This prestigious event was hosted by University of Arts London and Central Saint Martins, London – recognised as one of the global leading art colleges. Lecturers from across the England and Wales attended the event which was a series of presentations, sharing of innovative practice and lateral-thinking drawing sessions. These explored symmetry, fractals, Mobius strips, scaled perspective, motion plotting, geometry, tessellation, binary coding and data sets. One delegate stated ‘I Just wanted to express my gratitude for today’s session, it was useful, interesting and jam packed with brilliant ideas. It was genuinely joyful to feel like a student again and apply practical activities to theory’.
The School of Art & Design at West Suffolk College is a national award winner for innovation in maths and art integration. The curriculum is built around the depth of subject content and the development of inquisitive minds. Open and challenging minds are considered to be critical in creative and technical thinking – vital qualities in the success in the enormous annual UK £98 billion creative industries explosion.
Derek Johnson stated ‘our embedded culture of integration of art and the wider world, including maths, has proved to have significant impact on the depth and sophistication of students’ creative work. Our progression rates to university are 100% this year – and we preparing the next generation for success in the creative industries. Sharing this practice regionally and nationally is important to us’.