Higher education is a popular route into craft careers and the system is facing increased scrutiny over how it prepares students for future employment or as entrepreneurs. In particular, creative graduates have been positioned as underserved in their professional preparation.
In this seminar Lauren England will provide an overview of her research on professional development education for craft in the UK, drawing on the perspectives of craft educators, students and graduates. This will include her recommendations for higher education providers, policy makers and craft sector stakeholders to facilitate the professional development of early-career makers and support the establishment of sustainable craft enterprise.
Short Bio: Lauren England is a PhD student at King's College London working in partnership with Crafts Council UK. Her research investigates professional development pedagogy in craft higher education and the requirements for sustainable business development in the UK’s contemporary craft sector. As part of her PhD Lauren has published reports via Crafts Council UK on craft entrepreneurship and higher education policy.