Online learning in the School of Art and Design

The world is a little bit unusual at the moment but it’s nothing Coventry University’s School of Art and Design aren’t ready for! Our first class lecturers and teaching staff have come up with innovative ways to take the classroom online.

BA Graphics lecturer Jay Taylor has encouraged students to post their work on Kickstarter, an online platform to showcase creative projects, where he is also able to review work and leave comments. One very inspirational second year BA Graphics student Eleanor Loseby, is trying to launch an illustrated workbook, journal and online support group for people in recovery from eating disorders, a struggle Eleanor herself has gone through.

Eleanor says “The project combines everything that has helped her and will hopefully make it accessible to others.”

Eleanor Loseby

The project is called Dawn, as the journaling aims to mark the end of a negative chapter in a person’s life and the start of a new one without the constraints of an eating disorder. I’m sure you’ll agree this is a very positive way to utilise virtual teaching. You can support Eleanor’s project by visiting her Kickstarter page.

Additionally, BA Games lecturer Jason Etienne has put a whole host of online video tutorials together that students can access at home. The videos include tutorials on designing landscapes, characters, water, wind, sky and even actions such as run, walk and jump. There’s something to cover whatever our students need!

We’ve also set up an online platform on Moodle for applicants and offer holders to access where we offer interactive discussions on how to prepare portfolios, give ideas on creative activities to take minds off other things, display some of our students’ work and also offer general Q&A sessions.

As you can see, we’re keeping everyone busy and ensuring our future students remain excited about starting University in September, a big part of anyone’s life!