Modular Curriculum Trend as a Course in Creative Industries

FX Campus – The growing interest in the potential of creative industries in Indonesia has caused a growing demand of lots of creative workers. Further, it also affects educational institutions since they have to develop alumni who are equipped with the right knowledge and skills to keep up with this creative aspect. In order to do so, higher education institutions have to develop the proper curriculum for the millennial generations which is suitable with current development – and one of them is the British Modular Curriculum.

Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of Northumbria University, Professor Andrew Wathey, explains that British Modular Curriculum was adopted from various top universities in Europe. The focus of the curriculum is the student as the center of the study itself. “It is also one of the innovative methods of teaching to improve the quality of the students so they can be prepared for taking on business and industries challenges in the future. By implementing this method, it is expected that the lecturers’ teaching capacity will improve, which also means that there is an increasing role for them. This method make the lecturers not only act as teacher, but also a mentor and facilitator for their students,” said Prof. Andrew Wathey on the “British Education and Modular Curriculum for Creative Program” seminar. This event was held by Binus Northumbria School of Design (BNSD) at Binus FX Campus, 6th floor of FX Mall on Thursday (6/2).

Prof. J. Reast from Northumbria University, who also spoke in the seminar, adds that this method will be the key factor for higher educations to work with other institutions so the students can gain the opportunity to learn more and get new valuable experiences. On the same event, Binus International University Director of Academy Development, Tri Asih Budiono, explains that Binus International has adopted Modular Curriculum method. “Binus International and Binus Northumbria School of Design has agreed with Northumbria University to work together on adopting and implementing the Modular Curriculum. However, technically, it has to be understood that this method can’t be fully implemented in Indonesia because the government through the Directorate General of Higher Education (Dikti) has its own rules that must be obeyed. As a result, we are still finding a way so we can adopt this method without breaking any existing rules,” he said.

Prof. J. Reast views that Binus International University shares the same visions and goals with Northumbria University on maintaining the institution’s quality. He also explains at length about his respect towards Binus International. “We’ve had a lot of partnerships with many universities in Asia. Those experiences make us certain that Binus International and Binus Northumbria are the best universities, not only in Indonesia but also in Asia. They have the most exceptional facilities in the whole Asia which is befitting for the mentorship method, not traditional teaching method. In addition, this school has more than enough spaces and rooms to make casual discussions or informal forum happens.”