richard barbrook on Sat, 9 Jun 2001 21:52:45 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Cybersalon: Educating in Pixels


Educating in Pixels:
What role should universities play in new media education?

Wednesday 13th June 2001
@ the ICA, the Mall, London SW1

8 / 5 (conc.)/ 4 (ICA members)

part 1:

With the growth of the Net, are higher education institutions providing  the
best education in the appropriate practical and theoretical skills? Do
students benefit from taking the new courses in new media? What do
employers think about the capabilities of people who have completed media
studies degrees?

This cybersalon seeks to investigate the increasing importance of
universities in new media education. How far should their courses be
focused on providing the design and programming skills needed to get a  good
job? How can their degrees address the wider socio-historical and  aesthetic
issues which all students need to know?

Because of the rapid pace of economic and technological evolution within
the Net, even the most successful new media courses are always in danger  of
losing their edge. How can this threat be addressed? How can universities
adapt to constant change while maintaining academic standards? How can
teaching be about how to learn as well as what to learn?

What skills do new media businesses want from graduates - and how are  they
ensuring they get them? Some companies are defining their own labour  needs
and training their workers themselves. Should they be forging tighter  links
with university courses? Do such collaborations undermine the space for
critical thought within higher education? What is the role of the
government in the expansion of new media teaching? Should the state  simply
provide more money for the universities - or should ministers be deciding
the sort of new media courses which are needed in this country?

Whether you are a student or teacher, worker or employer, or simply
interested in the future of higher education in England, come to hear our
panellists debate the issues - and make your own contribution to this
important debate.

Speakers include

Douglas Rushkoff (cyber-writer and teacher at New York University)

Sophia Drakopoulou (Cybersalon, CMP Westminster)

Chris Yapp (ICL)

Chaired by Andrew Dewdney (South Bank University, DA2)

Part 2 (1.50/free):

Selection of films and digital expressions from the CMP Westminster degree show DJs and VJs Sanfrandisco light up the bar

Live webcast and more info on:


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