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Design Features that Support the Learning Environment in Creative and Performing Arts Classrooms

Author: Megan M. Carleton
Date: 2007
Program: Master of Science in Interior Architecture, Chatham University

The purpose of this study was to research the design elements of lighting, acoustics, space planning, and flexibility to see how they impact creative and performing arts classrooms, and then to create a set of design guidelines to be used to help create them. Currently there are many limitations and gaps in design research related to creative and performing arts high schools. Also, there are few valid case studies on the topic of the built environment in relation to student achievement, especially concerning these specialized education facilities. Secondary research was conducted relating to the topics of lighting, acoustics, space planning, and flexibility, as well as magnet and high school design for the study. The information gathered was then used to create a set of design guidelines for the lighting, space planning, and flexibility of creative and performing arts high schools. The findings of the study indicate that lighting, acoustics, space planning, and flexibility can affect students learning and achievement. The study shows that there are many gaps in research on the topic of creative and performing arts magnets, particularly with regards to the planning and design of their facilities. Very little contemporary research has been done concerning the lighting, acoustics, space planning, and flexibility of creative and performing arts classrooms and what specific elements affect them the most. As far as modern design guidelines on these facilities, the few that have been published are very vague and non specific. More research on lighting, acoustics, space planning, and flexibility in creative and performing arts magnet facilities is needed. Most of the preliminary research gathered was based on traditional high school art facilities, but not necessarily arts magnet high school facilities. Since creative and performing arts magnet schools provide a concentration of study in the arts, it would behoove researchers to study these facilities specifically.