How to get the most out of this book. Introduction. Language and meaning: Language, object and meaning; Language and visual artefacts; Linguistic devices; Activity one: the relationship between language and artefacts; Summary. Formal language: the academic disciplines of art and design: Academic language; Language across the disciplines; Language and art and design history; Language and art and design theory; Language and ideology; Activity two: how well does formal academic language communicate?; Summary. Informal language: beyond the academic disciplines: Colloquial language; Language and difference; Language and popular print; Activity three: how well do reviews communicate?; Summary. Studio talk: Language and oral communication; Oral presentations; Choosing the appropriate language; Sampling one; Summary. The essay: Expectations; Interpreting the assignment; Writing the essay; Sampling two; Summary. Other written texts: Self-reflective texts; Written reports; Critical reviews; Sampling three; Summary. Conclusion. Glossary. Picture credits. Index. Acknowledgements.
Michael Clarke has a distinguished academic career and is currently the art and design correspondent for the Times (UK) Educational Supplement. He has written numerous articles on major exhibitions and current developments in the visual arts and is a member of The International Association of Art Critics (AICA).