A Model for Critique at the Design Studio for Higher Education

Abena Omenaa Boachie, Joe Adu-Agyem, Eric Francis Eshun


The article describes a step by step approach to effective critique at the design studio. The study was conducted at the Department of Communication Design, Faculty of Art- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. This study exploits the potential of using a model for the teaching and learning of critiques in the art and design education. The use of a model is developed so that lecturers and students offering studio courses and are practicing critiques can adapt in similar instructional delivery. Exploratory and participatory action research approach was adopted. The research tools employed were; questionnaire, observation and interviews, to examine students and lecturers’ knowledge and understanding of critique, preparation before the practice at the studio and if there is a need for a guide to help students in effective critiquing. Literature was reviewed on criticism, the design studio, design appreciation, models of criticism, forms of critiques, the language of critiquing, and how to conduct an effective critique sessions in the design studio. The data analysis revealed that there is still a need for a model to serve as a guide for students for effective analysis of design works. This helped to improve critique responses, communication and interactivity, creativity and collaborative skills among students at the studio.

Keywords: Critiques, Art criticism, Design studio.

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