Art + Design: Teaching and Complexity

Rachel Isaac-Menard's picture
April 26, 2023
Ontario, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, Film and Film History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Fine Arts, Communication

Art + Design: Teaching and Complexity   Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Industry


This is a strand call to educators in: Art and design; media studies; film; digital arts; fine arts; art history,

Particular emphasis is placed on applying education in these fields in both individual practice and the workplace.


The themes of this conference strand include but are not limited to:

Peer to peer learning in the art studio; theories of media and practice; art practice & theory; cross disciplinary art & design teaching; new technologies and digital media; art & design history, theory and applied practice; moving image teaching and practice.

Conference: 26-28 April, 2023

Abstract deadlines:

  • 10 July 2022 (Early)
  • 15 Nov 2022 (Main)
  • March 2023 (Late TBD)


Complexity theory, complex systems, complex strategies and a complex world. The range of concepts, practices, scenarios and metaphors through which we consider intricate, interconnected and changing phenomena is vast. It is seen as central to the creative process itself. The education sector, like all those that make up the tapestry of contemporary societies and economies is not – and cannot be – immune. In this scenario, art and design education is becoming equally fluid. We not only prepare students to face the changes we see occurring today, but shifts and developments no one expects, or predicts. We are obliged to think outside disciplinary boundaries. We adapt constantly to changing methods of teaching. We address new and emerging professional roles. We negotiate the demands of learners, parents, industries and business.

The ‘Applying Education in a Complex World’ conference reflects on the implications of this from the perspective of its host institution, Sheridan College, Toronto. Here, art, design, media studies and technology are taught together as complex, interdisciplinary, engaged, embedded, creative and applied.

Publications include:

- A Proceedings Series publication, ISSN 2398-9467

- An Amps journal Special Issue, ISSN 2020-9006

- A book as part of the Routledge series ‘A Focus on Design Pedagogy’

More information:

Contact Info: 

Angela Larocchi, Lorraine Gess, Rachel Isaac-Menard