Modular structuring in Art and Design; a comparison between British and American degree courses

David Buss
1989, Vol. 21, No. 3,


Higher Education in Britain is witnessing an increasing interest in the modular structuring of courses, with several institutions already committed to 'modularity' or 'unisation'. Birmingham Polytechnic has now converted most of its first degree provision to a unit-based structure with the aim of 'creating greater flexibility in courses so that they may more easily respond to the changing needs of students and society', and to introduce 'different pathways from combinations of existing, modified, and new units dependant upon perceived educational need and viability'.

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