Traditional universities push an increasing financially pressurised service, backed by a private sector hungry for work-ready graduates. A cash-strapped state, eager to promote its world-leading economy pushes a neo-liberal economic agenda slowly reducing its commitment to ‘self-developing’ higher education courses.
In certain BAME cases the percentage of participation is behind HE general attendance by up to 14% – AccessHE report, Dr Nienke Alberts & Dr Graeme Atherton 2016.
Often perceived as having poorer career prospects, the well-rounded advantages an Art education can offer is failing to reach BAME, working-class students and their families. In the past decade this has seen universities push a vocational style education, reinforcing STEM subjects and ties to industry – narrowing the intellectual scope of education. The UK is entering a crisis in the creative arts resulting in limiting the pool of talent for creative disciplines at a time when the UK brands itself as a creative industry world-leader.
Yearly state funding in the arts has decreased £100million since 2011 – Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 2018.
SOS is a nomadic school founded on two beliefs; architecture should challenge societal status quo; architectural education is far too expensive. For over a decade architecture has failed to critique the socio-economic systems it operates within and for too long the Arts has remained a preserve of the elite.
Since 2011 the percentage of students taking a subject in the Arts at A-level has never exceeded 14% – Ofqual 2016.
Set up to counter a trend in providing highly specialised technical graduates, our mission is a belief in the benefit of a rounded education in the arts that promotes self-evaluation and leadership. Bringing together cutting-edge practitioners in leading cultural institutions, SOS aims to bring the most contemporary debate to students with real ambition to shape the future.
SOS brings together educators and experts on the edge of their fields who are pushing the remit of traditional design thought. For the 2019 summer school SOS has invited a mix of recent graduates, accomplished practitioners, teachers and academics to deliver a course that balances experience, multiple perspectives, youthful dynamism and radical thought.
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