This Postgraduate Certificate is designed to appeal to professionals working in all sectors of education, as well as in cultural institutions such as theatres, museums and galleries. It has been developed to help improve the quality of creative and cultural education in schools and enhance the relationship between schools and arts organisations.
The programme will immerse you in the nature and significance of culture in human social living, develop your understanding of the tensions and policy imperatives surrounding contemporary cultural work, analyse the reach, merits and role of culture in society with a particular focus on developing countries, and critically analyse the complex cultural environment of one school and one cultural institution.
The aim is to encourage the generation of advanced professional practice and dynamic activity, integrating professional development and practice through new concepts, new relationships and new methodologies, empowering teachers and creative professionals to design, implement and evaluate creative practice for cultural education.
What will I study?
You will be introduced to concepts of culture as functions of ideas, practices and policies and will be invited to locate your own cultural formation among those features of contemporary living.
The programme will question what constitutes cultural work and consider who is included in the term ‘cultural worker’. You will analyse cultural practices and practitioners across a broad spectrum, from professional art form practice to pedagogy, teasing out tensions arising in institutional sites. Comparative case studies provide the opportunity to explore cultural practices in developmental contexts and contemporary arts activism.
The culmination of the programme is a cultural advocacy project, allowing you to apply your knowledge and skills to real-time, real-world tasks.
How will I study?
There will be a combination of learning environments across all three modules. These include lectures, seminars, practical sessions, workshops, placements and fieldwork.
Two of the three modules involve placements in schools and cultural institutions, enabling you to explore your own relationship to influential ideas of art and culture, consider key contemporary issues and debates, and design, implement and evaluate a work-based cultural advocacy initiative.
Precise patterns of attendance and placement design will be negotiated to provide optimum blending with work commitments.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a combination of essays, presentations, portfolios and reports.
Who will be teaching me?
You will be taught by staff who have extensive experience of the school system and other applied settings. This will enable significant networks and partnerships to be sustained which inform the department’s approaches to curriculum, research and knowledge exchange.
In addition to this, experts from the Department of Media and Department of Social Sciences will provide lectures and seminars in culture, providing a unique comparative context for your studies.
Visiting lecturers will also contribute to the programme which will be further enriched by the input of staff from Curious Minds, a charity and creative social enterprise that works to improve the lives of children and young people by increasing opportunities for their active participation in arts, culture and creative learning.
What are my career prospects?
This programme will enhance your existing practice and focus your educational and creative potential, enabling you to explore new strategies and widen your understanding of both arts organisations and schools.