International Journal of Educational Policy Research and Review

Original Research Article

Artists as engineers: Perspective of senior high school students in Ghana

*Gbadegbe Richard Selase1, Amewu Joseph1, Quashie Mawuli1 and Bijou Asemsro2

1Department of Industrial Art, Ho Technical University, Ho, Ghana
2Department of Fashion Design and Textiles, Ho Technical University, Ho, Ghana.

*Corresponding Author E-mail: rgbadegbe(at)

Gbadegbe Richard Selase

Amewu Joseph

Quashie Mawuli

Bijou Asemsro

Article Number: IJEPRR.23.006  |   Pages: 74-80  |   Vol. 10 (2), June 2023   |   DOI:

 Received: March 25, 2023  Accepted: May 10, 2023  Published: June 7, 2023


Despite several initiatives to include Art and Design in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and the need for interdisciplinary training, visual art disciplines still struggle to be fully accepted into STEM related disciplines especially in sub-Saharan Africa. This study has been carried out to explore the interest of visual art students in pursuing engineering related courses at the Tertiary level and to explore the benefits of STEM education in Ghana. Consequently, four (4) Senior High Schools located in the Ho Municipality of the Volta regional capital of Ghana, West Africa, offering visual art were conveniently sampled and interviewed through a focus group discussion. Data obtained were analysed using qualitative technique of content analysis. The findings revealed a strong interest by visual art students to change the misconception about art discipline by pursuing STEM related disciplines at the Tertiary level. The study therefore, recommends that collaboration between STEM related disciplines and visual art disciplines should begin at the Senior High School level where it should be possible to integrate science and mathematics subjects with visual art courses.

Keywords: Visual art, STEM education, engineering, senior high school

How to Cite this Article

Gbadegbe RS, Amewu J, Quashie M and Bijou A(2023). Artists as engineers: Perspective of senior high school students in Ghana.10 (2):74-80. Int. J. Educ. Pol. Res. Rev.

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