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Our students come from across phases and sectors in the field of art and design education providing you with the stimulation and challenges that different perspectives can bring.

Our practice pathway develops and renews your subject knowledge and connects you with contemporary creative and educational practice. The course is taught jointly with other practice led students from MA Fine Art and MA Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices.

Our theory-led pathway enables in-depth study in arts education. Dissertation research can make a real difference in your workplace and / or establish new career options for your future. If you’re already working in education you can base most of your research in the workplace.

This course will help your professional development by connecting with creative practice. Students will have the opportunity to personalise their learning through the modules chosen. This prepares students for life as a professional artist-educator, a PhD researcher or to work in other career areas.

The course is part of the Art Based Master's Programme - an integrated framework that allows students to build their own course. Core modules in any given course become option modules in all other courses. Students will have an opportunity to engage with other students from diverse learning and professional experiences. Various freestanding options are available.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.


Theory-led Pathway:

Stage 1 (PgCert): Narratives in Arts and Design Education - core module; two shared option modules.

Stage 2 (PgDip): Global Innovations in Arts Practice Education; Research in Practice; Select one option module.

Stage 3 (Master's): Final Presentation / Dissertation.

Practice-led Pathway:

Stage 1 (PgCert): Narratives in Arts and Design Education; Global Innovations in Arts Practice Education; Advanced Practice; Select one option module.

Stage 2 (PgDip): Research in Practice; Select one option module.

Stage 3 (Master's): Final Presentation / Dissertation.

The range of option modules include: Discourses in Art and Design, Strategic Marketing for the Arts and Photography as Research, and more.


Students will take part in research, presentations and collaborative activities and will be expected to complete an extended essay on education. The final Master’s submission consists of a final exhibition, open to the public and a short paper on the relationship of art practice to contemporary education practice.

Visit the MA Arts and Education Practices page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!





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