Since the Sixties, drawing has become increasingly irrelevant but still continues to be a course requirement in some form or another for art and design courses, so I am surprised to hear about the lack of life drawing in your department. I am a great believer in drawing and the skills that underpin it, but I am also a great believer in the cultural relevance of digital media. Whether we like it or not, we are teaching the binary generation. They understand computers, remember how to use them, teach themselves for fun and even teach their teachers and parents how to use them. Their knowledge elevates them beyond their elders and is understandably addictive. This expertise should be encouraged. With less able pupils, digital media is a wonderfully motivating tool in art and design. The results are instantaneously attractive and, because of their innate gift, pupils are able to create extremely sophisticated images that would be difficult to achieve with traditional materials.