Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Courtnie Wolfgang

Second Advisor

Sara Ossana

Third Advisor

Dr. Caitlin Black


This thesis titled ‘Community Engagement in Art & Design Colleges: Case Studies from Pakistan’ highlights the importance of community-engaged practices in education, specifically within the realm of art and design, and examines the effect of community engagement on student learning. It focuses on the importance of creating opportunities for reciprocal, community-engaged learning where responsibilities, roles and credit are shared equally among students, community partners, and educational institutions to develop projects that are in the best interest of communities.

This research coincides with the introduction of community and civic engagement in undergraduate education in Pakistan. Its primary objective is to serve as a guidebook for educators and administrators, offering insights and recommended practices tailored to the context of art and design education, particularly within Pakistani institutions. The guidebook delineates strategies and encouraged practices aimed at facilitating effective and impactful community-engaged projects. By offering practical guidance, this thesis aims to empower stakeholders to leverage community engagement as a transformative tool for enriching student learning experiences and fostering meaningful connections with local communities.

Introductory Guide.pdf (431 kB)
A guidebook to community engagement



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