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Course content

The Art and Design in Education MA draws on the research and teaching expertise with the Art, Design and Museology group at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). It examines the relationship between art practice, theory and pedagogy and enables students to develop a rigorous approach to educational research in art colleges, schools and galleries.

About this degree

This programme will enable you to share and investigate art education from theoretical, historical and practical perspectives. It addresses key issues such as globalisation, alternative models for art education, new technologies and embodied learning. Students will explore the relationship between practical and theoretical modes of enquiry and learn to conduct research using appropriate methodologies.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Alternative Models for Art Education
  • Research Based Practice in Art and Design Education

Optional modules

  • Contemporary Art and Artists in Education
  • Material and Virtual Cultures: Transforming the Museum and Gallery Experience
  • Responsive Museums: Inclusion and Outreach in Practice


All students undertake a dissertation in one of three modes:

  • a thesis of 20,000 words
  • exhibition and 10,000-word report
  • an exhibition of a residency / placement and 10,000-word report

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include studio practice, lectures, seminars, and gallery-based learning delivered by IOE staff, visiting lecturers and professionals working in universities, galleries and schools. Assessment is based on coursework assignments and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Art and Design in Education MA


UCL IOE's Art and Design MA students have a strong record of success in obtaining leadership roles in arts organisations and education. Alumni are currently working as lecturers in further and higher education, heads of arts faculties in secondary schools, freelance artists educators in galleries and museums as well as careers advisers for the arts. Graduates have also been very successful entering PhD programmes.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Assistant Principal and Secondary School Teacher (Art), Kensington Aldridge Academy
  • Primary School Class Teacher (Art), Kender Primary School
  • Secondary School Teacher (Head of Art and Design), St. Helen's School
  • Senior Arts Education Officer, Ministry of Education - Singapore
  • Freelance Artist and Designer, Location Inflation

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Art and design education at the IOE - the leading institution for education worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2015) - has a long and distinguished history which can be traced back to the work of pioneering art educator Marion Richardson (1892-1946).

Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, the current MA works closely with galleries and museums continuing Richardson's quest to strengthen links between contemporary art practice and education.

Students enjoy the use of purpose built studio space in IOE's Grade I listed building and benefit from being part of a wider community of PGCE, MA and doctoral students.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Culture, Communication & Media

78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Visit the Art and Design in Education (MA) page on the University College London website for more details!





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