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Professor Bernadette Blair

Emeritus Professor in Art and Design Pedagogy


I came to Kingston University in 2001 initially as Director of Undergraduate Programmes in Art, Design & Architecture. Subsequently I worked as Director of Academic Development for Studio-based Learning & Teaching, Acting Head of School of Design and as the course director for the MA Design with L&T in HE. I gained my Doctorate in Education in 2006 and was awarded my professorship in 2012.  

I have been an external examiner on both undergraduate and postgraduate design courses in graphic design, illustration, multi-media, fashion design, A&D pedagogic practice here in the UK as well as in Singapore, China and Greece.  I continue to supervise and examine PhDs, and course validations internationally.  This practice continues to give me a global understanding and currency of design practice, theory and pedagogy.  I am actively involved in research projects and PhD supervision at Kingston School of Art and in research at other institutions.

Areas of specialism

  • Art and design pedagogy
  • Graphic design
  • Studio pedagogy
  • Assessment and feedback


  • Doctor of Education, Institute of Education, University of London
  • MA in Art & Design Education, Institute of Education, University of London
  • MA Printmaking, Wimbledon School of Art
  • BA Graphic Printmaking, Regional College of Art, Bradford

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts


My research interests focus around the student experience in studio learning and teaching, particularly with an understanding, interpretation and emotional implications of verbal and written feedback and formative and summative assessment on student learning.  I am a consultant in design at numerous institutions and continue to widely disseminate and publish my research through publications and keynote presentations, both internationally and in the UK.


Number of items: 2.


Blair, Bernadette (2006) 'At the end of a huge crit in the summer, it was “crap” – I’d worked really hard but all she said was “fine” and I was gutted'. Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 5(2), pp. 83-95. ISSN (print) 1474-273X

Conference or Workshop Item

Blair, Bernadette (2007) Perception of self and its impact on verbal formative feedback in design education. In: FLUX: Design education in a changing world; 03 - 05 Oct 2007, Cape Town, South Africa. (Unpublished)

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