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Stepping-Out 2009-10

In 2009 the Higher Education Academy Art Design Media Subject Centre (ADM-HEA) conducted research funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to examine the range and intensity of engagements between art, design and media higher education (Arts HE) and creative and cultural sectors. The Looking Out report, published by the ADM-HEA in 2010 concluded that contrary to popular opinion there are significant levels of engagement. This study is accompanied by Stepping Out, an initiative comprising five pilot projects specifically focused on creative and cultural sector practitioners in art, design and media education and how their engagement enhances their professional practice.

Stepping Out is jointly funded by the ADM-HEA;  Arts Council England, the Centre for Excellence in Learning through Design (CETLD), the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD), the Design Council, the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) and Skillset.

In addition to the five case studies, Stepping Out included a discussion with representatives of the funding organisations, key sector agencies and the contributors to Stepping Out. This full report is available to download here:
Stepping Out Report

The case studies may also be downloaded in sections:


10by10 A Research Report on the Teaching Practitioner
By Antonia Clews, 10by10 Project Leader. Educational Researcher and Developer, Artswork, Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the creative industries, Bath Spa University.

10by10 explores the relationship between teaching and practice through a series of workshops specifically for teachers of FE/HE who are also currently engaged in professional creative practice. For information visit

Download the 10by10 report

In addition to the 10by10 project report, an additional report explaining the visual research methodology used in the research is available:

Download: A Visual Typology: The Teacher Practitioner

Balancing Work and Study

By Tzu-Bin Lin, Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University; Jon Wardle, Director of Centre for Excellence in Media Practice and Richard Berger, Reader in Media and Education, Centre for Excellence in Media Practice.

The project examines issues faced by experienced professionals as they return to study in Higher education. The project focuses on The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) Programme for work-based learners at Bournemouth University.

Download the Balancing Work and Study Report


Co-Working: Exploring the ways teacher-practitioners shape students’ learning experience in Fashion and Textiles higher education

By Jake Leith, Area Leader for Business Studies and Malcolm McInnes, Academic Programme Leader for Fashion and Textiles, Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton.

The Co-working project explored the experiences of fashion and textile teacher-practitioners in HE and observed how they facilitate student learning and enhance student employability within the fashion and textiles industry. The research was carried out at the University of Brighton and Royal College of Art in late 2009 and early 2010.

Download the Co-Working report


The Reflexive Practitioner

By Dr Rob Flint, Senior Lecturer in Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University; Lucy Renton, Principal Lecturer, Blended Learning Leader, Faculty of Art Design & Architecture, Kingston University and Prof. Terry Shave, Head of Visual Arts, School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University.

This project examines how resources could be developed out of creative industry visiting and guest lecturers. This report is a development of an earlier study undertaken by the same team. Details of this can be found here

Download the Reflexive Practioner Report  


Leading Design Professionals in Design Education

By Paul Bason, Director of Creative Manchester, Liz Wheeldon-Wyatt, Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Marcus Lord, Business Development Manager, Manchester Metropolitan University

There is little knowledge sharing and no central network or register of practicing designers and managers who are willing to work with design education and have the necessary skills and understanding of how their involvement might best be focused and managed. This project aims to develop a framework for a database of senior/experienced design business managers willing to contribute to the student experience.

Download the Leading Design Professionals Report