Liverpool academic proposes design education changes

Apprenticeships could be brought back in typography, and art and design teaching could be funded through VAT on goods created by the creative industries, a Liverpool academic has proposed

Colin Davies, head of the design department at Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University, suggests that apprenticeships could be ‘invaluable’ in typography.

He says, ‘A truly radical reworking would be a typography apprenticeship which embraced the skill of typesetting and letterform over the more convoluted, often misguided, insistence of its cultural relevance or political stance.’

He adds that another ‘radical’ idea to change art and design higher education funding could see a percentage of the VAT levied on goods created by the creative industries invested back into education.

Read Davies’ comments in full in the next issue of Design Week, out tomorrow.

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