Lecturer receives MA award for design work

Lecturer receives MA award for design work

A South Essex College Art & Design Lecturer won a prestigious prize for the final major project of his Masters degree.

Dan Fardell, took a year out of teaching to study for an MA in Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea College of Arts, part of University of the Arts London.

He won the Deans Student Award for his end of year exhibition piece about the experiential and physiological conditions associated with Minimalism and its effect on the beholder.

Dan, Design Lecturer at the College’s Southend Campus, said: “Winning the award was an absolute honour. To be selected out of a strong group of students and have all the tutors agree on me as the worthy candidate just ended this year on a huge high.”

He added: “Completing an MA has always been a personal goal of mine. When your daily role is to challenge students to become researchers, designers and self-reflectors I knew the MA would impact and improve my current subject knowledge and the quality of my teaching."

I knew the MA would impact and improve my current subject knowledge and the quality of my teaching.

All Art & Design courses at the College are validated by UAL so it’s important that staff members are highly qualified and closely associated with the awarding body.

Dan feels the further study will have a great effect on his teaching abilities. He said: “Spending a year becoming a more subject-led researcher has really shifted my views and approach on lecturing. I feel really confident that I can now direct students to further understand the importance and use of research within their own work.”

South Essex College offers a wide range of further and higher education Art & Design courses, for more information visit www.southessex.ac.uk