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Frock paper scissors : a comparative case study

By Kay McMahon and Gavin J. Sade

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This paper discusses the ways in which synergies across design disciplines can be developed through student engagement on authentic design projects. The paper focuses on a comparative case study where students from the Fashion, and Communication Design discipline areas in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) work on the production of the Frock Paper Scissors magazine and web site. The Frock Paper Scissors magazine has been the focus of assessment in a Fashion and Style Journalism class for the last three years, and for the last two years, students from an Advanced Web Design class have been involved in the production of the accompanying web site, http://frockpapersissors.com/. \ud \ud In this paper we focus on how this authentic assessment task has been integrated into the two design (and communication) classes; discussing the different approaches taken by teaching staff, the challenges faced, and the ways in which student learning outcomes have been improved through interactions between design disciplines. The paper concludes by outlining a set of observations on how to successfully engage students from different design (and creative industries) fields on an authentic design project within their studies.\u

Topics: 130201 Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy, authentic teaching and learning model, comparative case study, synergies across design disciplines, authentic design projects, magazine and website
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:26426
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