Evaluation of project works by Higher National Diploma Students of Graphic Design in Takoradi Polytechnic (2004-2009)

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The nation has artistic developmental needs, hence the establishment of Higher National Diploma in Commercial Art Programmes at the Takoradi Polytechnic to meet the growing demands in the industry and for students to be self employed after school. Students’ project works play an important role in this regard, however there has not been any form of official evaluation since its inception in 1995 as far as the Graphic Design department is concerned. The main aims of the study were to: identify the project works done by final year students, examine the project works of students to ascertain whether they address pertinent current and future issues to the nation and examine how the works of final year students are executed. The researcher used interviews and questionnaires to collect the data. The tools were employed to ascertain facts, opinions, beliefs, comments and suggestions. The qualitative method enabled the researcher to describe the kinds of project works students of the department do and examine their strengths and weaknesses. The findings revealed that the project works of students are of no doubt a great benefit to the nation. Apart from inculcating in the individuals the skills for the Graphic Design industry, it helps in educating the general public that is, both literates and illiterates on a number of issues. It also helps producers of various items to advertise them and this in turn helps the economy to grow. On the other hand, the steady increase in the admission of students has not reflected in the acquisition of more equipment and the accommodation of the department. Again, more lecturers should be brought on board so as to improve on the lecturer- student ratio.
A Thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Art Education