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” Bauhaus and Santiniketan: Two Models of Art and Design Education, Impact and Implications”


Though there were several common elements that went into the shaping of these two models, the hierarchical relationship between them were different at the Bauhaus and at Santiniketan. This led to the Bauhaus, despite having several important artists on its faculty, being primarily recognized as a school of design, and Santiniketan as a centre for art. If the Bauhaus produced a new kind of designer who had the refined aesthetic sensibilities of an artist and the technical knowhow of an engineer, Santiniketan produced a new kind of artist, who was interested in visual communication and not merely in self-expression, and was willing to exercise his sensibilities at different levels. But what are the implications of the histories of these two institutions for art and design education today?

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