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									ASC.68 - 16 October 2003                                                                 Item 6
                                   The London Institute

               CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN


         Working Party to consider validation arrangements for the merger of
                         Byam Shaw School of Art with CSM

                               Friday 27 June 2003, 9.30am

                                    Byam Shaw Library

 Part I: Summary

 1.      The purpose of this working party was threefold:

         (i)   To consider the validation of Byam Shaw’s BA (Hons) Fine Art and MA
               Fine Art courses as London Institute awards.          This was done by
               consideration of the existing course handbooks, validation documents,
               monitoring reports, results and external examiner reports for recent years
               plus discussion with the course teams and existing students.

         (ii) To consider the arrangements proposed for other Byam Shaw courses
              and to advise Academic Standards Committee on their compatibility
              with the Institute’s exercise of its degree awarding powers. This was
              done by consideration of CSM’s plans and discussions with senior
              college management.

         (iii) To consider the proposed arrangements for the application of London
               Institute academic policies and quality assurance requirements. This
               was done by consideration of the CSM plans for fit of Byam Shaw into the
               management structure of the college and discussions with senior college
               management.

 2.      The working party granted Fixed Approval for the validation of BA (Hons) Fine
         Art for two years and MA Fine Art for one year as London Institute awards. In
         addition the working party approved the transfer of existing students on the
         LMU BA (Hons) Fine Art to a London Institute BA to be awarded from 2004.

 3.      The panel accepted the proposals that the Fine Art Foundation course and the
         “Post Graduate Studies” in Fine Art will be offered in their current form for the
         coming academic year but will subsequently be revised to fit in with national
         and college frameworks.

 4.      The panel imposed no conditions on the validation but made three
         recommendations to the college management and course team.


 Part 2: Background

 Description of Byam Shaw courses to be validated as London Institute awards

 5.      BA (Hons) Fine Art

         It was proposed that the existing course be validated as a London Institute
         award both for existing students (years 2 and 3 in 03/04) and for two more
      cohorts. Existing students have a right to a London Metropolitan University
      award and will be asked collectively to vote on a transfer to a London Institute
      award. The course is delivered over three years, full time. The current course
      structure is two 15-week semesters per year. The majority of student’s time is
      spent in the studio, but in addition to their studio practice students undertake a
      programme of Art History and Theoretical Studies (AHTS) which is delivered
      mainly through lectures and seminars and culminates in an essay at the end of
      each year. Assessment takes place at the end of each year and is weighted as
      follows: studio component 80%, AHTS component 20%.

6.    MA Fine Art

      This is a one year, full-time course delivered over three 15-week semesters.
      As with the BA, students on this course work mainly in the studio but also follow
      a seminar programme of Art History and Theoretical Studies. Each semester
      has its own set of objectives and students undergo a review at the end of each
      semester, with a final assessment at the end of the third semester.
      Assessment is on the student’s final exhibition, studio work and tutorial record
      and an AHTS essay. 20% of marks are allocated to the AHTS essay, and the
      final exhibition, tutorial record and studio work are assessed holistically and
      weighted at 80%.

Arrangements for other Byam Shaw courses

7.    The other Byam Shaw courses under consideration at this working party were
      Fine Art Foundation, and “Post Graduate Studies” in Fine Art.

      Fine Art Foundation:
      This is a full cost course without validation. Certification arrangements are yet
      to be agreed.

      “Post Graduate Studies” in Fine Art:
      This is a full cost course without validation. It would contravene the Institute’s
      degree awarding powers for this course to continue to label itself as a “PgDip”,
      so this course will be known as “Post Graduate Studies” in Fine Art under a
      transitional arrangement.

Proposed arrangements for the application of London Institute academic
policies and quality assurance requirements

8.    This was explored with the Head of College and Deans during the working
      party. A paper outlining the college’s plan for management of these issues was
      included in the paperwork.

Course Documentation

9.    The Course Document considered in the validation was the main validation
      document. This document is not given to students. Students are provided with
      a separate handbook which includes much of the information in the main
      Course Document (including course aims and objectives, details on
      assessment and the regulations) but also provides additional information (eg:
      library and shop opening hours; useful contact details etc).

Regulations

10.   The existing regulations attached to the documents will be replaced by London
      Institute regulations.
Part III: Discussion

11.    The panel asked the college management and course team about their long-
       term view of the relationship between Byam Shaw and Central Saint Martins. It
       was explained that while the Foundation course and the “Post Graduate
       Studies” will not be changed for the coming academic year, these two courses
       will subsequently be revisited to fit in with national and college frameworks.
       The team were asked whether the addition of the new undergraduate and a
       postgraduate Fine Art courses was duplicating provision in the college which
       already has a BA and an MA in Fine Art. The team explained that there was a
       key difference in terms of the approach to Fine Art at Byam Shaw and at the
       School of Art - while the approach at the School of Art tends to be more
       conceptual, the Byam Shaw course has a more vocational underpinning. The
       team also explained that Byam Shaw and the School of Art at CSM would
       attract very different types of students with diverse approaches to Fine Art and
       that the student experience at Byam Shaw would be very different from that of
       students at the main CSM site.

12.    There was a discussion about the structural relationship between Byam Shaw
       and CSM, and Byam Shaw explained that they were creating a new school
       administrator post to facilitate integration. The structural fit of Byam Shaw with
       the college will be addressed in more depth as the college develops its
       undergraduate and postgraduate frameworks. It was confirmed that Byam
       Shaw would comply with all London Institute quality assurance arrangements
       as of September 2003.

13.    There was a discussion about support for students on the BA (Hons) Fine Art,
       and it was explained that procedures for student support were being discussed
       with CSM, with a view to college student services taking responsibility for these
       students. It was clarified that while CSM Library and Learning Resources were
       supportive of the merger, there was not sufficient funding for CSM to supply a
       librarian for Byam Shaw. The induction programme was also discussed and
       the panel asked the team whether this might prove too short for some of the
       weaker students.

14.    The panel agreed that the word length of the essay for the MA Fine Art seemed
       low for a Masters course. The team agreed that the word length was relatively
       low, but emphasised that the main focus of the course had hitherto been on
       spoken dialogue and group interaction. Given that there is no option to
       undertake a PhD at Byam Shaw, the essay was never viewed as a preparation
       for a thesis, although this will change once Byam Shaw becomes integrated
       with CSM.

Part IV: Issues for further consideration

15.    The panel granted Fixed Approval for MA Fine Art and for BA (Hons) Fine Art -
       one year for MA Fine Art and for two years for BA (Hons) Fine Art. The panel
       also accepted the proposals for the Fine Art Foundation course and the “Post
       Graduate Studies” in Fine Art.

16.    The panel imposed no conditions on the validation of BA (Hons) Fine Art and
       MA Fine Art but made three recommendations to the college management and
       course team.
i)                       The panel had discussed the length of the induction
                         programme on the BA with the course team and had
                         suggested that the three week induction might prove too
Recommendation 1         short for some students. The panel recommended that the
                         team revisit the induction programme over the coming
                         year with a view to extending it if necessary.

ii)                      Following discussions with the college management and the
                         course teams, the panel felt that there was a lack of clarity in
                         some issues surrounding course management of the BA
Recommendation 2         (Hons) and MA Fine Art courses. It was recommended that
                         the college management and course teams review the
                         priorities for action for each course and establish a
                         clear action plan with delegated responsibilities for the
                         integration of these Byam Shaw courses with the CSM
                         structure.

iii)                     There were some issues surrounding student support and
                         resources that needed clarification, and the panel
Recommendation 3         recommended that Byam Shaw should ensure early
                         communication with central Institute agencies – namely
                         Library and Learning Resources and Student Services –
                         to ensure the availability of support and resources for
                         Byam Shaw students.

Part V: Attendance

Panel
Professor Roger Wilson (Chair)        Head of College
                                      Chelsea College of Art and Design

Professor John Gibbons                Winchester School of Art

Tony Hawksworth                       School of Retail Studies
                                      London College of Printing

Kathryn Hearn                         School of Graphic & Industrial Design
                                      Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

In attendance

Peter Watson                          Head of Academic Affairs Office
Clare Lovell                          Academic Affairs


College management and course team

Prof Margaret Buck            Head of College, CSM
Chris Wainwright              Dean of School of Art, CSM
Danny Killick                 Head of Academic Services, CSM
Pat Christie                  Library and Learning Resources, CSM
Alister Warman                Principal, Byam Shaw School of Art
Douglas Allsop                Director of Studies, Byam Shaw
Clive Hodgson                 Byam Shaw
Christopher Kul-Want          Byam Shaw
Jon Cairns                    Byam Shaw

								
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