Key outcomes of the project include the following:
Creation of a definition of Arts programsAn outcome of the BA Scoping Project is a clearer definition for Arts programs. This definition has been used throughout the project data analysis processes to ensure consistency. As the project progressed, it became apparent that there is a lack of a common, shared understanding of what is meant by the term "Arts". The reference to "Arts" is frequently ill-defined and often limited to the DEST/DEEWR definition of Society and Culture. This reliance is problematic as the DEST/DEEWR Society and Culture definition encompasses programs that include Law, Social Work and Police Studies. There is also confusion between liberal Arts and creative or visual Arts.
Identification of the key features of an Arts programThe project maps and identifies the features that make the Bachelor of Arts distinct from other programs within the broader Arts definition. A clearer understanding of these features is a step towards the articulation of the value of the Bachelor of Arts award programs.
Development of models to describe curriculum currently in useA series of models that describe the curriculum structures and educational philosophies as they are currently used in Arts programs has been developed.
The development of an Arts programs databaseA crucial outcome of this project is a collection of centrally located accessible data that can be used across the sector for benchmarking and as a resource for future development. This can be used by institutions for quality assurance processes such as preparing for AUQA audits and institutional curriculum reviews. They take the form of a database of program profiles, case studies, data sets and highlight or summary reports.
Testing of a national communication strategy across Arts programsThe project facilitated a series of round table meetings as part of the engagement strategy. These meetings offered an opportunity for people engaged in the coordination of BA programs to meet with each other. Regional discussions afford the opportunity to address the kinds of issues that particularly affect the sector in particular regions. They also offered an opportunity to disseminate findings across the sector.
Development of a methodology for further studiesA series of further investigative projects are suggested in order to examine areas identified through this project as requiring further investigation and to examine the long term impact of the BA. A recommended approach is offered that proposes that areas identified by the sector will be lead and researched by institutions working collaboratively, be conducted sector-wide and facilitated through DASSH.
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