Arts and Education Practices MA

Arts and Education Practices MA

Our pioneering MA Arts and Education Practices course focuses on the exploration of educational models at the intersection of practice, teaching and pedagogic theory.

The only Arts Education MA in the UK based in a School of Art, we provide a unique platform for the art educator. This setting helps to facilitate an innovative community of experienced and aspiring art educators, welcoming those willing to critique current practices to ask not only how we should teach art, but also how art can teach us.

Our students come from diverse phases and sectors in the field of art and design education and the expanded fields of gallery, community and self organised educational practices. Through the course individual perspectives and experiences meet with those of your peers providing you with the stimulation and challenges that different perceptions can bring. We seek to evolve a dialogue through direct experience and engagement with the arts and their value as taught subjects, both within the institution and outside of it.

Our taught modules strengthen your subject knowledge and connect you with contemporary creative and educational practice.

MA Arts and Education students follow a core modular structure that explores the past, current and future practice of arts education. You can personalise your learning through your choice of an optional module and pursue your interests within the expanded field of arts education through research and practice.

The structure of the course enables you to focus your research within the context of your own creative field and workplace. Through this study you build independent research leading to your major project that can be focused through educational models, workshops, creative practice and encounters that inform and are responsive to art educational contexts.

The course offers opportunities to connect with and expand your knowledge of your creative field through collaboration, live projects and visits that explore educational situations and projects.


Entry Requirements

  • Normally a first degree or its equivalent in an appropriate subject, and/or previous or concurrent experience in the arts and/or education.

Career Prospects

Studying an MA will help you to pursue or develop your career in a range of related professions across the educational sector and creative industries. This course will help to enhance your skillset and employability and either progress in your existing role or achieve your career ambitions in a new direction.

Several modules on this course have been specifically designed to equip you with valuable transferable skills, for example Contemporary Curatorial Practice; Small Arts Business Set Up and Creative Publishing and Public Dissemination. These transferable skills include:

  • Thinking in a creative, imaginative and speculative manner
  • Demonstrating communication and presentation skills in practical, written and verbal forms
  • Demonstrating adaptability and flexibility in a range of contexts
  • Reflecting and communicating in an articulate, informed, confident and effective manner
  • Working independently while demonstrating initiative and self-reliance
  • Demonstrating motivation, organisation, planning and effective strategising skills
  • Showing a capacity for good time management
  • Actively linked with up-to-date local and regional opportunities.


Course Details

For both the experienced or aspiring artists an/or educators the course ethos is one of facilitation, mentoring and collaboration. We seek to model a critical pedagogy where dialogue and mutual enquiry are emphasised.

The Arts and Education Practices course consists of two core modules (specialist and discipline specific); two common core modules and an option module which you chose to undertake one in Stage One. The first core modules- Narratives of Art & Design Education encourage students to develop related research ideas relevant to their particular interests and aspirations. The study on this course is interdisciplinary in nature and encompasses both theory-led and practice-led study. 

The second stage of the course is framed through the second core module- Global Innovations in Art and Design Education and this stage of the course sees a shift to more independent inquiry through the common core module Research in Practice. This is supported through briefing sessions, group seminars and tutorials. Our seminar series complements Research in Practice providing a balance of topics dealing with contemporary art practice and theory. Where possible they are conducted by both School of Art staff and visiting lecturers: artists, critics, curators, writers and other related professionals.

In the final stage of the course, for the Faculty wide Major Project, you will write either a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words or you will develop work for exhibition at the end of year MA show supported by a smaller amount of text.  

Major Project60 credits
Research in Practice20 credits
Narratives of Art and Design Education Practices40 credits
Global Innovations in Arts Practice Education40 credits

Optional modules.
Contemporary Philosophy and Aesthetics20 credits
Models and Methods of Curatorial Practice20 credits
Queer Strategies in Practice20 credits
Small Arts Business Set Up20 credits
Photography as Research20 credits
Creative Publishing and Public Dissemination20 credits
Technical Methods, Workshop Practice and Learning20 credits
Social Practice in the Visual Arts20 credits
Art and Transcultural Communication20 credits
Art and Ecologies20 credits

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