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The importance of dialogue between academies and universities

Critic Renato Barelli thinks of the need to make the teaching offer of academies and universities increasingly complementary and compatible with the demands of students and the world of work.

Francesco Arcangeli School of Art in Bologna
Francesco Arcangeli School of Art in Bologna

I read that here in Bologna, where I live, the Technical High School, now named after Francesco Arcangeli, is experiencing a surge in enrollment rates, which seems very positive to me, also because I believe that those who have graduated in that order of study should flock to the academies . In this way, we are able to think about the potential objectivity of such an educational system and its close equivalence with universities. To this end, as I said about three decades ago when I began to deal with these problems, the teachings, though considered basic, such as painting and sculpture, must be brought back to the state of free courses.

Departments and Courses at the Italian Academies of Fine Arts © Artribune مجلة
Departments and Courses at the Italian Academies of Fine Arts © Artribune مجلة

Comparing academies and universities

If we take a look at the universities, and in particular the departments of Italian literature and the like, they are careful that there are no courses devoted to poetic or narrative creativity, knowing full well that For these higher activities, no education worksEveryone has to dig the road alone. In the same way, academies, putting aside painting and sculpture, must insist on many other much-needed professional activities, such as photography and all its derivatives, including video applications. Then there is the graphics branch, which today can direct all advertising activities in agreement with promotional studios or with television networks. Think about what the endless prairie of anime and similar things unlocks. The already existing, classic, but somewhat dusty decoration could lead to the design of wallpaper, packaging, and wall coverings, in close synergy with the departments of architecture, the branch that in the 1920s had already abandoned academies for access to universities, but could find All communication with the field of decoration, if only the ministerial bureaucracy wanted to take the last step to allow the full integration of higher institutions, academies and universities.

The departments of Italian literature and the like are keen not to dedicate courses for poetic or narrative creativity.

On this path we can glimpse a rosy future, with great potential precisely for academies, which are no longer destined to be poor relatives in the context of higher education but It shows itself able to reach the heart of current social and productive needs. In short, a long and happy journey is presented, if only one had the foresight to clear some remaining obstacles that are only harmful. Then the academic degree will be of complete social benefit as any degree, which has already renewed itself on its own. Today there are countless names obtained by degrees in literature, with a very wild imagination, which largely corresponds to the gradually emerging demands of professional needs imposed by the present state of technological progress. Here, too, the old letters and the like are set aside, and the DAMS course, in which I had the honor to teach for a long time and from the very beginning, is a valid example in this sense, moreover, in those days there was already talk of “new letters”, compared to “old letters” , left behind, and outdated by times.

Renato Barelli

The article was published on Artribune Magazine # 65

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