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Dr David Bell
BA PGDip(Arts) PhD (Otago) DipFA DipTchg

Dunedin Campus


I have a background in secondary school art and art history teaching, and have contributed to curriculum courses for the Graduate Diploma of Education: Secondary since 1986, as well as a range of other art education courses at the College of Education. I continue to teach in this area, and take an active role in secondary art education curriculum review, and in the development of assessment for art history with the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. I also have a long term interest in the aesthetic sensibilities of Japan, an area in which I continue to research and publish, with some teaching.

Teaching Sector/s

  • MTchgLn Primary and Secondary Programmes
  • BTchg Primary
  • Postgraduate programmes
  • Postgraduate research supervision
  • BA

Teaching Areas

Art Education

  • Secondary Visual Arts Education
  • Secondary Art History Education
  • Secondary Classical Studies Education
  • Primary Art Education (BTchg and MTchgLn)

Art History and Theory:

  • Japanese Art; ukiyo-e (ASIA101)

Research Interests

  • Visual arts education: epistemology; the construction of curriculum; assessment; pedagogy
  • Aesthetic education
  • Museum education programmes
  • Substantive aesthetics in the Japanese visual field; ukiyo-e
  • Japanese arts in New Zealand contexts
  • New Zealand/Asian Studies


Bell, D. (2022, September). Chinese print media arts since 2000: Moving forward, looking back. Verbal presentation at the Changing Arts, Changing China Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Bell, D., & Smith, J. (2020). Learning beyond museum walls: Virtual excursions at Te Papa Tongarewa. In C. Koh (Ed.), Diversifying learner experience: A kaleidoscope of instructional approaches and strategies. (pp. 121-135). Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-9861-6_7

Bell, D. R., & Smith, J. K. (2020). Inside the digital learning laboratory: New directions in museum education. Curator, 63(3), 371-386. doi: 10.1111/cura.12376

Bell, D. (2020). A new vision: Modern Japanese prints from the Heriot collection. Tuhinga, 31, 91-112.

Bell, D. (2019). [Review of the book Painting the floating world: Ukiyo-e masterpieces from the Weston Collection]. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 21(2), 85-87. [Book Review].

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