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This course is only available to Falmouth academic staff. The MA in Creative Education recognises that teaching is an inherently creative activity and draws on the current contexts within which design, media, art and performance education operate. Read more
This course is only available to Falmouth academic staff.

The MA in Creative Education recognises that teaching is an inherently creative activity and draws on the current contexts within which design, media, art and performance education operate. You'll be encouraged to reflect on the innovation and creativity of your subject area to inform your approaches to teaching and learning.

Acknowledging that the best teachers are also learners, you'll be taking a scholarly look at teaching and reflecting on the literature, practices and contexts of the creative curriculum. This course also addresses a need to develop informed professionalism to support the teaching and learning of an increasingly diverse student group.

Delivered in three distinct stages, this course aims to develop confident, professional teaching within a context of both creative and academic practices. The stages are:

- Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) creative contexts
- Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Education
- MA in Creative Education, research project

The Certificate stage (year 1) offers you a stand-alone qualification for teaching in higher education. The Diploma and Research stages (years 2 and 3) introduce pedagogic scholarship and educational research methods and provide opportunity for you to engage in a negotiated research project relevant to your own educational context and sector.

We anticipate that you'll achieve the Certificate stage within one year of study, the Diploma within two years and the Masters after three – though this may be negotiated within the maximum period of registration (six years).

Visit the website https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/creativeeducationma

Building professional experience

The MA in Creative Education allows you to reflect on your teaching practice and subject context, in order to explore this in relation to current thinking and research in learning and teaching. The course is founded on the dimensions of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education. It explores key areas of activity, core knowledge and professional values, and explores these within the context of the creative disciplines. The PGCHE offers a route to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Participants have the opportunity to engage with technical and digital innovations relevant to their subject teaching, as well as inform their approaches to teaching through an understanding of creative pedagogy.

How the course is taught

The PGCHE offers a taught model with sessions delivered weekly plus a week-long summer school in July.

The Diploma offers a blend of taught and online components, including three two-day taught events supported by a range of online activities and discussion.

During the Masters research stage, you'll be supported by both a supervisor and regular research forum meetings.

The course is further supported through the online platform, The Learning Space, which hosts course information, readings and resources to support your scholarship.

Course outline

The course comprises three stages across three years, though each stage may be taken as a stand-alone unit (depending on application criteria).

- The PGCHE comprises three modules of 20 credits each. Assessed through a series of assignments, you'll build a teaching portfolio evidencing the areas of activity, core knowledge and professional values of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning.

- The Diploma comprises three 20-credit units intended to extend your professional engagement with the scholarship of teaching and learning.

- The Masters research stage offers the opportunity to engage in a year-long negotiated 60-credit supervised research project into an aspect of teaching and/or learning in creative disciplines.


- Excellent library resources include a wide range of journals and current publications (on and offline)
- Career and further study support
- Access to teaching, IT and study facilities


- Teaching portfolio comprising individual assignments, designed to provide a relevant and meaningful resource for future reference

- Scholarship and research assignments at Diploma stage

- Final MA research project and dissertation with the opportunity to publish


The PGCHE is accredited by the Higher Education Academy and graduates of the course will be able to apply for Fellowship of the HEA, indicated by the post-nominal FHEA. This is a nationally recognised indication of professional status. Potential careers and further study opportunities include:

- Doctoral study
- Subject specialist tutor
- Curriculum designer
- Educational researcher
- Senior fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Interview and selection process

Interviews are arranged for all those applying to the course and are held with one or more members of the course team.

Masters research

The MA in Creative Education provides a continuing professional development opportunity for those in existing teaching and/or learning support roles. It is also a platform for participants to engage in action research and reflective practice. It is possible to take each stage of the MA in Creative Education as a separate entity, or to use each part to progress through the whole course and engage in a Masters-level education research project. Past research projects have included:

- Exploring failure as a pedagogic principle
- Models of assessment through online peer review
- A comparative study of open educational resources
- Students' understanding of visual plagiarism

Such research projects reflect the interests and subject contexts of the researchers and provide pilot projects that allow participants to investigate their subject area and apply appropriate research methodologies. Participants may also progress to further research, either through funded learning and teaching projects or through undertaking a professional doctorate in education.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/apply

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The Postgraduate Certificate of Special Study in Supporting Learning is a one-semester 20-credit module at level 7 (Masters level). Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate of Special Study in Supporting Learning is a one-semester 20-credit module at level 7 (Masters level). It is designed for colleagues in the University of Westminster (or teaching on University of Westminster programmes in partner colleges) who have a role in teaching/supporting the learning of students at the University of Westminster, but who do not have the full role of an academic member of staff. You might be interested in the module if you are for example:
-A research student or research fellow who tutors or demonstrates to students or who runs a seminar group
-A visiting lecturer with only a small teaching load
-A librarian or careers advisor who does face-to-face sessions with groups of students
-A member of the technical staff who supports students in the studio, laboratory or computer suite

It is normally necessary for you to have at least 15 hours of supporting student learning during the semester in which you would take the course.

The course is delivered by educational development specialists in the Department of Leadership and Professional Development (Westminster Business School), and led by Jennifer Bright. The educational development team supports the University in a range of teaching and learning developments, including the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), which is a course for new and established academic staff.

The module aims to help you enhance your students’ learning by helping you to gain an understanding of effective learning design, planning and student engagement, and further aims to encourage a culture of quality enhancement in teaching and supporting learning.

Course content

You will be encouraged to consider current thinking in pedagogic practices in relation to designing, delivering and supporting student learning in HE through a reflective process using multiple feedback sources. The module activities will include evaluating the nature of the student learning experience in your own context, an observation of your own teaching/supporting learning activities (and that of others) and an investigation of relevant literature/theory.


The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Module topics and themes supporting this process include:
-The scholarship of learning and teaching and linking teaching and research
-Reflective practices and using student feedback for evaluation and development
-Threshold concepts, graduate attributes and signature pedagogies
-Session design and peer observation of teaching
-Learning design, sustainability and ethics
-Managing the learning environment
-Using technology to enhance student learning
-Student-centred and activity-based learning
-Facilitating student learning in different subject contexts and in face to face and online environments
-Facilitating one to one, small group and whole group learning
-Inclusive practices and using student diversity as a resource
-Personal and professional development planning

Teaching and learning methods used

-Work-based learning including teaching/supporting learning practice (15 hours minimum)
-Observation of your practice as well as your observation of the practice of an experienced peer
-On-line learning of approximately four hours per week
-Self-directed study and recording of on-going reflections on practice for reflective narrative-building and assessment, together with teaching observations and professional practice conversations with your subject mentor or educational development tutor, will comprise the remaining hours of this 20-credit module

The sessions will all take place on-line; however, when your teaching/supporting learning session is observed, your tutor will go to the location in which you work. (If you are teaching outside the University of Westminster, you will need to arrange for a tutor from your own institution to observe you.) There will also be a face-to-face Induction session which you will be invited to attend.


Assessment is wholly coursework based; there are no examinations.
-The assessment will include formative piece of work that is compulsory but ungraded and which is submitted for feedback
-The final assessment is a reflexive narrative that integrates theory and practice supported by practice-based feedback from different sources. These will include two teaching practice observations by an experienced peer in your workplace (one of which may be a WEx tutor) plus your observation of an experienced peer.

The narrative will provide a place for you to evidence your continuing professional development in teaching and supporting learning.

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The aim of the MA in Musical Theatre course is to provide you with the advanced skills to prepare you for work in a diverse industry. Read more

The aim of the MA in Musical Theatre course is to provide you with the advanced skills to prepare you for work in a diverse industry. The course reflects the varied nature of working in musical theatre; it will provide you with the opportunity to focus on professional practice, whilst enabling you to learn how to promote both yourself (as practitioner, academic and/or performer) and the work you create. More importantly, it creates an environment where you have to work collaboratively.

The MA in Musical Theatre provides you with the unique opportunity of a residency, designed to help you create, prepare and stage work in a theatre. Working closely with industry specialists, you will nurture the skills required to help you make a contribution to contemporary musical theatre. You will also foster flexible skills which can be applied to a wide range of career opportunities in the musical theatre industry and beyond, including; teamwork skills, problem solving, self-promotion, working to deadlines and critical thinking.

What happens on the course?

You will experience a wide variety of learning activities in Musical Theatre to ensure your professional development as an emerging practitioner in your chosen specialist areas. Contact hours are tailored to both full-time and part time delivery; part time delivery allows you to study alongside full-time employment.

Teaching and learning will normally take place in a variety of continually evolving contexts, including an appropriate balance of the following kinds of activity:

a) Workshops, rehearsals, productions, practical classes, laboratory or studio-based practice, screenings, lectures, discussions (both online and in class), seminars, and tutorials. You will be encouraged to apply your knowledge and understanding of critical theory to case studies within regional, national and international contexts;

b) Group and individual learning;

c) Residency in Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton with a view to creating an annual festival of musical theatre (especial relevance in enhancing your employability and ability to be enterprising)

d) There will be the opportunity to participate in and contribute to Musical Theatre West Midlands Writers’ Hub, regular monthly composer/writer hubs to showcase new writing.

Each semester students are invited to attend optional musical theatre productions in the local area and nationally. We suggest budgeting £100 for these trips if you wish to participate.

Most years, students take an optional international field trip to a major city of musical theatre production. Future visits may include New York, Washington D.C or Bochum, Germany. We suggest budgeting around £1000 for the trip if you wish to participate.

Why Wolverhampton?

We continue to develop state of the art facilities which will greatly enhance your learning experience. Our state-of-the-art performing arts and learning centre; The Performance Hub, opened in 2011 and is the home for all of our performance courses. The hub features five performance studios with semi-sprung floors that are ideal for rehearsals and small performances. . The studios feature state of the art audio/visual equipment. As well as several music rehearsal rooms, The Performance Hub has recording facilities, with two computer suites equipped with iMacs running Protools, Logic, Cubase and Sibelius software and two recording studios with analogue and digital recording equipment. The university is proud to be an All Steinway School and home to 17 Steinway pianos, five of which are in rehearsal studio spaces. Our 108 seat Black Box Theatre is one of the most technically advanced small theatres in the country and is ideal for a range of performing arts activities.

We are a thriving department of research active academics in musical theatre, teaching is research led. Journals we have published in include Studies in Musical Theatre and Journal of Bisexuality; with forthcoming book chapters in Routledge’s Twenty First Century Musicals: From Stage to Screen (2017), Oxford Press’s The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical (2016) and Bloomsbury Methuen’s The Disney Musical on Stage and Screen: Critical Approaches from 'Snow White' to 'Frozen' (2017). We have presented our research nationally and internationally at leading conferences in the field.

Current research specialisms include: gender and racial politics in musical theatre of the 1960s, the film musical and the female spectator, subsidised revivals of the American canon, queer theory, reception theory, contemporary musicals and masculinity, the British musical.

Further Information

Dr Sarah Whitfield: Course Leader MA Musical Theatre, Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre

BA (hons), MA, PGCHE, PhD, fHEA

Dramaturg, lyricist/librettist, director, theatre historian, education, course development.

Sarah Browne: Principal Lecturer in Musical Theatre, Head of Department of Music

BA (hons), MPhil, PGCE

Conducting, arranging, orchestral and vocal arrangements, musicology, vocal tuition, education, course development.

James Lovelock: Lecturer in Musical Theatre

BMus (hons), MPhil, PGCE

Composer, lyricist/librettist, director, dramaturg, vocal coach, improvised musical, musicology,

Career path

Upon completion of the course you may consider a number of potential employment routes, depending on the path chosen. These may include, but are not limited to, for example; writer/composer/choreographer or musical director, teacher or workshop facilitator, marketing administrator, or work in production and promotion. Alternatively, you may also consider further study at doctorate level.

What skills will you gain?

Graduates of the MA in Musical Theatre will exhibit;

• a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of musical theatre practice

• a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship

• originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in musical theatre

• conceptual understanding that enables the student:

- to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in musical theatre

- to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

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