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Step Up to Postgraduate Study in the Arts

Step Up is a flexible ‘Blended Learning’ summer course, designed to develop, support and retain the confidence of those who have accepted a place on any post graduate course in the School of Arts.

A well attended launch for the School’s summer course, Step Up to Postgraduate Study in the Arts, took place on 8 July. Patrizia Di Bello, Lecturer in History and Theory of Photography, provided an interactive seminar on the long history of street photography and some issues raised around the Flaneuse, photography, and the use of visual archives. Following a welcome and lively reception, supported by School Manager Verity Hutton, many students walked the city at sunset, reframing the impact of a major tube strike through comments subsequently posted as contemporary ‘flaneurs/flaneuses’.

Step Up is a flexible Blended Learning summer course, designed to develop, support and retain the confidence of those who have accepted a place on any post graduate course in the School of Arts. As well as face-to-face sessions, live webinars and a virtual Arts Café there are six topics of study at Level 7, specifically relating to subjects offered in core courses and options across the School.

Following a pilot in Summer 2013 Step Up has proven to be popular and useful. Students meet each other in advance of starting post graduate studies in October and feedback confirms that the course provides valuable insights into what and how subjects may be approached using the appropriate range and level of skills.

Step Up was developed with the support of the Higher Education Academy and has been identified as an ‘exemplar of effective practice in support of students’ digital experiences’ by Jisc, the national organization for digital technologies in UK higher education and  research.

Course Leader: Joanne Leal, designers/tutors: Leo Havemann, Fleur Rothschild, Liz Drew, Janine Freeston, Joana Barros and Vincent Tong.

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