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MA Art and Design: Creative Education

Course Description

Creative Education relates to the teaching and development of creativity in others and to the creativity of the educator. It is relevant to educational contexts such as schools, colleges, galleries, museums and youth development, as well as hospitals and community care. It relates best to those with a background in or responsibility for delivering; creative skills, disciplines and media.

Key benefits:

• Develop your knowledge and skills relating to current debates and practices
• Enjoy access to your own studio space and workshop support
• Tap into long-established associations with key creative and professional networks.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/art-and-design-creative-education

Suitable for

Teachers, artist educators and those in relevant educational support and development roles.

Course detail

This course is intended to support your professional development and encourage your independent expertise and your original value as educators. It focuses on developing individual creative habits and strategies to transfer these ideas within an educational context. You are encouraged to develop an individual line of inquiry of which you are supported through lectures, seminars and tutorials. There is an opportunity to undertake a placement in a relevant work place to gain new experiences and test out developing ideas and activities.

Studio space is provided and you are expected to develop and understand your own creative processes, advance your practice and to communicate ideas and transfer skills within educational or community settings.


On MA Art and Design: Creative Education your independent studio practice is supported by live projects and work placements within your chosen educational field. The process of creatively engaging with others on placements should feed back in to your own studio practice and be contextualised through further workshops or engagement. This will enable you to test your ideas about and explore the methods, techniques and rationales within your work. The aim is to build specialist knowledge, stimulate further enquiry and contextual awareness, and develop new delivery methods of educational engagement through arts based methodologies.

Module titles

• Research Methods and Practice
• Specialist Practice
• Creative Contexts
• Practice in Context
• Negotiated Thesis/Major Project


Assessment methods used on the course include:

• Practical, oral and written assignments (80%)
• Group presentations (20%)

You will be assessed throughout the course on your:

• Body of work and contextual research: e.g. studio/portfolio/workshop outcomes/ exhibitions
• Reflective journals: log or sketch-book/statement/seminar or other presentation

Career potential

Many teachers undertaking the course are doing so with the support of their employers who see the value of this Continuing Professional Development for the whole school and the individual’s career progression.

Freelance practitioners encounter the course as a means of professionalising their educational and teaching portfolio and peer networking opportunities.

Creative Education students traditionally study while in employment, so following graduation they don’t necessarily move to new workplaces. However, while on the course and after graduating, students tend to move into more senior positions and be involved in greater whole school development with a focus on implementation of creative practices across the curriculum.

Some teachers on leaving the course step out of formal education and become freelance practitioners working in galleries, prisons, youth centres, hospitals and schools. They are supported in establishing business practices and marketing their activities.

Artists leave the course as professional freelancers working in a variety of formal and non-formal workshop or residency settings. The mix of freelancers and employed teaching staff enrolled on the course brings a wide range of peer employment opportunities. Current students are working in primary and secondary schools, prison education, hospitals, galleries, further and higher education, youth clubs and residential and care homes.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MA Art and Design: Creative Education page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Bursaries 2011 - 10 Awards

Postgraduate Bursaries 2011
The School of Art and Design is very pleased to announce that bursaries are available to applicants, for taught postgraduate programmes, for a September 2011 start. There are two types of bursaryOpen Bursaries
A number of open bursaries, each worth £1000, are available to any applicants, either internal or external to the University. Open bursaries are awarded through competition and the deadline for receipt of applications is 3rd May 2011.Internal Bursaries
A number of internal bursaries, each worth £500, are available to students who have been, or will be, awarded an undergraduate degree by the University of Salford. Nominations for internal bursaries are made by admissions tutors when applicants apply for a place on a programme, so early applications are recommended.International Scholarships
All international students will be considered for a University scholarship. For further information about these scholarships please see: http://www.salford.ac.uk/international/scholarships/

Value of Scholarship(s)



The School of Art and Design is very pleased to announce that bursaries will be available to applicants for taught postgraduate programmes, for a September 2011 start.

Application Procedure

Further information
For further information on bursaries, including how to apply for an open bursary, and the selection process and criteria, please contact:
Noel Heath, [email protected] or 0161 295 4665.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Relevant undergraduate degree, normally at 2:1 or above, and supporting portfolio of practice. Applicants with an undergraduate degree of 2:2 will be considered where a high quality portfolio of practice is presented.

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