LO5 – Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively

Students are able to identify, demonstrate and critically discuss the benefits and challenges of collaboration gained through CAS experiences

The student:
– shares skills and knowledge
– listens respectfully to proposals from peers
– is willing to take on different roles within a team
– shows respect for different points of view and ideas
– makes valuable contributions
– is responsible for participating in the group
– readily assists others
– is able to identify, demonstrate and discuss critically the benefits and challenges of collaboration gained through CAS experiences.

When many people think of art- as with many other creative fields- they do not think of it as a real profession, not realizing that these studies are also vital to the wider society. Art and design mean much more than just painting a pretty picture, they are also the backbone of our daily lives: ranging from the furniture in our houses, to the technology we rely so much on, to the persuasive and informative features of advertisements. There is a lot of understanding beyond artistic technique that is required to create functional, effective products, that are designed to meet society’s needs while simultaneously catering to its interests. Through my CAS project, which involved communication with politicians, designers, environmentalists and other professionals, I learned the benefits and challenges of collaboration with other people who think differently from me firsthand.

For example, in order to create a building, skills in architectural design, a very arts and design focused area, engineering, stemming from physics and mechanical studies, and even urban planning, stemming from political and environmental sciences, may be required. In reality, during a project there would likely be multiple people who specialize in each of those fields working together to contribute to the final product. However, it is inarguably useful to all parties if everyone is mutually understood, which is where a diverse academic background, such as one offered at our school, would be completely indispensable.

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