Volume 4, Issue 4, December 2019, Page: 73-79
Factors Influencing the Preference of Graphic Design as a Visual Art Subject in Second Cycle and Tertiary Educational Institutions in Ghana
Gbadegbe Richard Selase, Department of Industrial Art, Ho Technical University, Ho, Ghana
Quashie Mawuli, Department of Industrial Art, Ho Technical University, Ho, Ghana
Amewu Joseph, Department of Industrial Art, Ho Technical University, Ho, Ghana
Kofi Sarfo, Department of Industrial Art, Ho Technical University, Ho, Ghana
Received: Nov. 28, 2019;       Accepted: Dec. 12, 2019;       Published: Dec. 24, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajad.20190404.15      View  159      Downloads  67
Abstract
Visual Art Education in Ghana and the world over has been structured to give a holistic training to the student with emphasis on hands on practical skills acquisition. It focuses on creativity and innovativeness towards the production of high quality artefacts to fulfill societal needs. It is line with this mandate that the Visual Art curriculum has been crafted to refine and train students in the various art disciplines such as Textiles, Sculpture, Ceramics, Leather Work, Jewellery, Basketry and Graphic Design, just to mention a few. However, certain developments in recent times militate against the realization of this mandate. The craze for Graphic Design at the expense of other art subjects has almost reached its peak. 8 out of every 10 Visual Art students in the Tertiary and Senior High Schools prefer to offer Graphic Design. This unfortunate development has left most of the other art related subjects with few students. In most of the Senior High Schools in Ghana, the other art subjects have been scrapped leaving Graphic Design, General Knowledge in Art and a 3 dimensional art subject as the (subject combination). As a result, most of the teachers who teach the other art related subjects have become redundant except a few who teach General Knowledge in Art. This study was therefore carried out to investigate the cause of the problem and to proffer solutions. The study adopted the Purposive Sampling Technique. The sample population was made up of two-hundred and ten (210) respondents. The main research tools employed to collect data for the study were questionnaire and interview. A major finding of the study is that most respondents prefer Graphic Design because of its computer relatedness, general appeal and employment prospects. The study recommends that ICT should be incorporated into the curriculum of all art related subjects as well as rebranding of the other art subjects such as Sculpture, Leather Work and Basketry to be more attractive and appealing.
Keywords
Visual Art, ICT, Graphic Design, Curriculum and 3 Dimensional Art
To cite this article
Gbadegbe Richard Selase, Quashie Mawuli, Amewu Joseph, Kofi Sarfo, Factors Influencing the Preference of Graphic Design as a Visual Art Subject in Second Cycle and Tertiary Educational Institutions in Ghana, American Journal of Art and Design. Vol. 4, No. 4, 2019, pp. 73-79. doi: 10.11648/j.ajad.20190404.15
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