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Abstract

The design jury, design critique, or crit is a common teaching and learning strategy within art and design, and architecture education. The crit dates from the nineteenth century Beaux-Arts school of architecture education and has since evolved into a variety of different formats within contemporary art and design education. A number of authors have focused on the educational value, or lack thereof, for students who are assessed by a crit process and this is an on-going debate within art and design education. This work considers the existing literature, highlighting the component parts of the design crit with the aim of moving towards a shared understanding of the components of the crit. In doing so it is anticipated that this can be of use to design educators looking to implement the crit or considering the format of existing approaches. The research found eight components to be considered when implementing a crit and four other factors which may affect a successful implementation.

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