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About the course

This programme gives artists, practitioners, and teachers the opportunity to enrich and consolidate theories of contemporary art and learning. Engage with practice and theory, develop innovative research approaches, and critically debate the changing nature of contemporary art.

Why study MA Arts and Learning (MAAL) at Goldsmiths?

  • You’ll be taught by staff who are nationally and internationally renowned and published artist researcher teachers.
  • You’ll draw on the international scope of contemporary art practices in London. This degree has partnerships with international galleries including Tate Modern, the Whitechapel Gallery and the Showroom Gallery.
  • The programme places a strong emphasis on student-centred and directed learning. Teaching sessions and personal tutorials

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Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in an appropriate arts-based area with additional experience in learning contexts and a commitment to arts education.

Course Content

Where is Goldsmiths, University of London


Student Profile(s)

Nicki Mansell

127.gif I am a full-time Head of Art in a South London secondary school. I had been teaching for 17 years having done a PGCE in Art Teaching in 1988-89, and was looking for something to help improve and reinvigorate my own teaching.

I came to the course through mentoring trainee teachers on the ITT programme at Goldsmiths. As a result the PGCE team who I have worked with for the last eight years suggested that if I were interested in the course, I should apply. I did and was interviewed, and successfully gained a place on the course. It is the best thing I have done in a long time! I have started to do my own work again, have had the privilege and pleasure of fortnightly sessions at Tate Modern working with tutors to understand the works and how they can be put to use for working with pupils. There were also a few sessions of art psychotherapy which proved to be quite therapeutic and at the same time I felt put us in the ‘pupil’ role as we were being observed by the tutor. There is quite a lot of reading involved, some of which is quite hard to get through as it is very theoretical. Also we have to make presentations occasionally, and I am currently trying to complete a 5,000-word essay for which I was able to select the subject so it is of personal interest.

The other great thing I get from the weekly meetings is the socialising with other art teachers and practitioners, who are all bringing their own interests and experiences with them. It is so good to be able to share ideas and problems within such a supportive group. The tutors are very supportive and encouraging and are always available to contact by email or by providing tutorials (by appointment). We are able, and actively encouraged, to make use of the great facilities at Goldsmiths – the fantastic library, and guest speakers for example.


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