Art & Design Employability


What We Learned

• Student-led change is a key way forward

• The language of employability is an issue

• Employability activity is largely implicit rather than explicit

• Design students have different employability learning and teaching needs from those of fine artists

• The Studio is a powerful site of employability teaching and learning

• The concept and implementation of ‘embedding’ employability in the curriculum needs reframing

• Explicit assessment of and reflection on employability learning is crucial for students to be able to articulate their skills

• A cultural, paradigm shift in some academics’ thinking needs to be managed in order for support for the employability agenda is increased Visual literacy is largely lacking from the debate about employability.

• Confidence and self-efficacy are major themes to address