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First results of Survey The use of Digital in creative & educational practice

Please see below First results of DIAL Survey 'The use of Digital in creative & educational practice', a new survey for Impact study 'The use of Digital in creative & educational practice', this survey has been developed with students and is being used by students to gather and evaluate the impacts of digital of art and design education at UAL.

Survey by DIAL researcher Denisa Dumitrescu DIAL researcher: To enhance and build on DIAL student engagement and communication we commissioned a student rep/researcher, who helps communicate student perceptions and needs. Read more

See Survey questions and download here
See video interview responses here

Q1 Are you studying full-time or part-time?
Q2 What’s your level of study?
Q3 What is your year of study?
Q4 Which subject are you studying?
Q5 Which of the following describes you best?
Q6 When learning about technology, which method(s) work best for you?­­­
Q7 Which digital tools / technologies do you currently use for personal use and creative / educational practice? (mobile device, website etc)
Q8 Which social media services/ network do you currently use for educational / professional use?
Q9 Which key digital skills do you think a graduate from your course will need by the time they leave UAL?
Q10 What will I see if I searched online for your name, specialism / practice and how would a      prospective employer see this?
Q11 What support do you need in creating a professional online profile? e.g. presentation skills, building online communities / web spaces, copyright and Intellectual Property etc.
Q12 When is the best time to offer student’s support?

Results - Survey for Impact study The use of Digital in creative & educational practice


·       6 recorded interviews

·        87 completed questionnaires

·       75 students from Central Saint Martins College

·       9 students from Wimbledon College

·       3 students from Camberwell College


      Q1.   All participants were full-time students;


      Q2.   5 MA students and 82 BA students;


      Q3.   51 Stage Two students (2ND Year), 23 graduates (3rd Year), 13 Stage One students (1st Year)


      Q4.   66 students – Performance Design and Practice

               6 students   – Illustration

               1 student    – Graphic Design

               2 students   – Photography

               3 students   – Fine Art: Painting

               4 students   – Theatre and Screen: Set Design for Screen

               4 students   – Theatre and Screen: Theatre Design

               1 student     – Theatre and Screen: Technical Arts and Special Effects


      Q5.   Note: The majority of students have chosen multiple answers.

               58 votes for:  “I use new technologies because it will enhance my creative practice”

               43 votes for:  “I use new technologies because it will enhance job opportunities”

               22 votes for:  “I love new technologies and am among the first to experiment with/ use them”

               20 votes for:  “I use new technologies because my course requires me to”

               2   votes for:  “I am usually one of the last people I know to use new technologies”

               0   votes for:  “I am sceptical of new technologies and use them only when I have to”


      Q6.   Note: The majority of students have chosen multiple answers.

                50 votes for:  “One-to-one tutorial”

                47 votes for:  “On-the-job training”

                45 votes for:  “Help from family, friends, colleagues, peers”

                44 votes for:  “Group workshop”

                40 votes for:  “Self taught, experimenting”

                29 votes for:  “Presentation/ demonstration”

                28 votes for:  “Online instructional video/ podcast”

                18 votes for:  “Lecture/ seminar”

                15 votes for:  “Online support (Skype, comments)”

                14 votes for:  “Handout/ factsheet”

                11 votes for:  “Interactive CD-ROM”

                  9 votes for:  “Online downloadable ’how to’ resource/ PDF”

                  8 votes for:  “Self taught from books/ magazines”

                  5 votes for:  “Simulation/ interactive animation”

                  2 votes for:  “Email support”

                  0 votes for:  “Quiz/ test             


      Q7.     The most common answers for Digital Tools/ Devices were:

   *MacBook Pro, IPhone, SLR camera, IPad, Graphic Tablet, Laptop/ PC, Projector, Scanner, Audio recorder.

  Note: All students were MacBook and Smartphone users/ owners.


  The most common answers for Digital Technologies were:

   *WEBSITE: Wix, WordPress, MyBlog, Tumblr, Workflow.

   *SOFTWARE: Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Goggle SketchUp.


      Q8.   The most common answers regarding used media services for professional/ educational purposes were:

               *Social Networks: Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, LinkedIn.

               *Websites/ Online sharing platforms: Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest, TED, Vimeo, SoundCloud.

               Note: 5 students mentioned that their email address is the only professional digital medium they currently use.


      Q9.    All students have opted for ‘advanced level skills in digital programmes’ such as:

               *Adobe CS6 (Popular answers: Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, Illustrator, Premiere Pro)

               *3D software (Popular answers: AutoCAD, 3D Max, Vectorworks, Rhino 3D, Google SketchUp)

               *Film/ Video editing software (Final Cut Pro)


                All students have specified ‘Website Design’ as an essential digital skill for a UAL graduate.


                More than 50% of students have highlighted ‘digital presentation/documentation skills’ as extremely important when building a  professional online identity.


      Q10.   Two-thirds of students have answered Facebook / Twitter account of which more than 50% also mentioned professional profiles on WordPress, Wix, Tumblr and LinkedIn which also appear on the Front Search Page but not as the 1St web link.

                 Almost a third of all 87 students have answered personal website/ blog.

                 Few students admitted that there was no professional online content related to their name yet.


      Q11.   All students have requested:

                *Website Design classes (a step-by-step guide on how to build a website)

                *Copywright and Intellectual Property lectures/ seminars

                *Presentation Skills workshops/ group tutorials


                More than 50% have also added ‘building online communities and technical support’.


      Q12.    98% of all students think it is best to schedule this support at the beginning of their course (during 1st and 2nd Year) as a compulsory, timetable part of their academic agenda.

                  Only 2% think it is best to have it as an elective part of their course and just before they graduate.


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