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what we did

what we did

The Art Design Media Subject Centre (ADM-HEA) was one of the 24 Higher Education Academy's Subject Centres. We were established in 2000 to support and enhance learning and teaching in higher education art, design, media theory and practice, the history of art and design and cultural studies subjects. From August 2011 the Subject Centres began a process of closure with funding from the HEA to cover a transition period. The ADM-HEA's transition funding period ends on 31 March 2011.

From 2000 we worked with people in further and higher education institutions, subject associations and professional bodies, to explore and identify opportunities to develop effective practices in learning and teaching in art, design and media.

Our aim was to enhance the student learning experience by:

  • creating and supporting a network of people involved in the delivery of higher education in art, design and media subjects
  • facilitating the sharing of knowledge across the network and forging and brokering links with professional bodies and subject associations
  • promoting and sharing good practice in learning and teaching


How did we achieve these aims?

The network
We developed and expanded our network of colleagues.  The network was supported by events where colleagues met, shared and developed ideas. We encouraged and facilitated further communication and debate through this website, Networks magazine and JISCMAIL service. 

We organised, supported, and disseminated information about a range of events designed to enhance the student experience in art, design and media subjects often in collaboration with subject associations and other professional bodies.  Activities ranged from regional workshops to national seminars and conferences.

We developed, supported and funded collaborative research and development projects and the outcomes were shared across the network. The Subject Centre provided funding for small projects within colleges and universities and contributed to larger scale projects in collaboration with national agencies.

To supplement the research and development projects,  we drew on the experience and creativity of colleagues to develop a collection of resource reviews, case studies, and pedagogic research. These resources were shared across the community via our website and Networks magazine.

Electronic Mail List

The Subject Centre runs an electronic mail list through the JISCmail service. You can view the archive of communications at: