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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, galleries and alternative spaces for art education.

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 compulsory modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Art and Design in Education.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Art and design education at the IOE - the leading institution for education worldwide (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019) - 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.

Teaching and learning

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

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Art and Design in Education at graduate level
  • why you want to study Art and Design in Education at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Careers

UCL Institute of Education'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 artist educators in galleries and museums as well as careers advisers for the arts. Many students use the course to explore new areas of critical and creative inquiry which has led to the establishment of alternative models outside of formal education. Graduates have also been very successful entering PhD programmes.


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

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