How to make your own art school, Alternative Art School Weekender, Ugly Duck 2019. Photo Darshana Vora.

Alternative Education Resources

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION RESOURCES

A list of resources, information, tools and critical writing on alternative education.

Alternative Education Counter-Cartography is a public map that offers a counter-cartography to mainstream higher education, compiled by Gary Saunders, member of the Social Science Centre. Part of a research project that links groups that think critically about higher education provision and are attempting to offer alternative models. This is intended as a living counter-cartography so you are invited to share, expand and amend as necessary; you will need to sign in to Google Maps to do this.

Antihistory
Research blog by Jakob Jakobsen with material from the Antiuniversity of London and related initiatives.

Blueprint for Counter Education
This website accompanies the 2016 expanded reprint of Blueprint for Counter Education, a defining work of radical pedagogy from the Vietnam War era. Originally published in 1970 by Doubleday and integrated into the design of the Critical Studies curriculum at CalArts, the book was a pedagogical experiment and an attempt to enact a visual turn in the organization of knowledge. The cover proclaimed: “This counter-university makes obsolete the traditional university process … There is no text book, no final exam; and the ‘faculty’ includes Marcuse, McLuhan, Eldridge Cleaver, and Jean-Luc Godard… The Revolution Starts Here”. The book was accompanied by large graphic posters designed by Marshall Henrichs that served as a portable learning environment for a new process-based model of education. The posters mapped shifting patterns of relations between bodies of radical thought and artistic practice from the avant-gardes to postmodernism. The website includes a landing page that allows the visitor to navigate the charts from their preparatory notecards and sketches to the finalized posters, documentation, archival materials,  and all the necessary files to make your own reprint of Blueprint for Counter Education, including the three posters, the Shooting Script, and the box design.

Creating Worlds was a research project that investigated the relationship between art production and knowledge production in the context of the transformations and crises of contemporary capitalism. Creating Worlds was developed between 2009-2012 and involved research, publication and art projects.

Encyclopaedia of Informal Education is an open, independent, non-profit resource on education, learning and change, particularly the theory and practice of informal education, community learning and development, specialist education, social pedagogy and lifelong learning. Infed was established in 1995 by a group of educators, it is supported by Developing Learning, Practice Development Research Unit, YMCA George Williams College and others.

Liberate my Degree, Goldsmiths SU Campaign
Goldsmiths Students’ Union campaign to make the student experience at Goldsmiths more inclusive, from curriculum design to creating alternative learning spaces. Liberate Our Degrees is included as the first of five strategic priorities in the Learning, Teaching, and Assessment Strategy (LTAS) 2017-21, making departments responsible for upholding this strategy, which includes the commitment to ensure student involvement in decision-making (from curriculum and programme design, to pedagogy and interviewing new academic staff members), committing to centering marginalised voices, developing collaborative and critical pedagogical approaches and assessments, delivering learning and development to support a diverse student and staff body.

Making and Being
An interactive website, a workbook, a series of videos and a deck of cards by Susan Jahoda and Caroline Woolard, visual arts educators and members of the collective BFAMFAPhD. Making and Being is a framework for teaching art that emphasizes contemplation, collaboration, and political economy. The authors share ideas and teaching strategies that they have adapted to spaces of learning which range from self-organized workshops for artists to Foundation, BFA and MFA thesis classes. The website and workbook include activities, worksheets, and assignments and is a critical resource for artists and art educators today.

the TEACHABLE FILE (tTF) is a working catalog of alternative art schools and a reference on education-as-art. The file delivers and demonstrates its subject by acting as both a resource for teaching and a student of its users. It forms and reforms itself through communicative action and engaged research.

Undercommoning is a network of radical organizers within, against, and beyond the neoliberal, (neo)colonial university in North America. The network provides common resources on alternatives to gentrification, commercialization, rising student debt and tuition, low wages for university staff and contract labor, and the academy’s attempts to hold a monopoly on the production of knowledge. They work in the tradition of militant inquiry: bottom-up collective learning dedicated to building community capacities for radical social change. They support alternative projects, host encounters and disseminate information to help build solidarity around radical and marginalized forms of knowledge and to sustain and amplify the undercommons; networks of struggle, study and creativity that exist within, outside and in spite of the university. Toykit is a c collection of resources, techniques, technologies, inspirations, tools, theories, interventions, blueprints, hustles, tricks, scams and tonics for the weary heart and soul.