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 and galleries.
See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/art-design-education-ma
- Application dates
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 7 December 2016
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS is accepted. Applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international
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 core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).
- Core Modules
Alternative Models for Art Education
Learning and Teaching in Art and Design
Contemporary Art and Artists in Education
Material and Virtual Cultures: Transforming the Museum and Gallery Experience
Responsive Museums: Inclusion and Outreach in Practice
All students undertake a dissertation in one of three modes:
- a thesis of 20,000 words
- exhibition and 10,000-word report
- placement and 10,000-word report.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching methods include studio practice, lectures, seminars, and gallery-based learning delivered by IOE staff, visiting lecturers and professionals working in universities, galleries and schools. Assessment is based on coursework assignments and the dissertation.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships
UCL IOE'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 artists educators in galleries and museums as well as careers advisers for the arts. Graduates have also been very successful entering PhD programmes.
Top career destinations for this degree:
- Art Adviser, Ministry of Education, Singapore (2014)
- Head of Art, St Helen's School, London (2014)
- Education Assistant: Early Years and Family, Tate (2014)
- Artistic Director, Abstract Circle Ltd (2013)
- Senior Lecturer in Art and Design, Newman University (2013)
Why study this degree at UCL?
Art and design education at the IOE - the leading institution for education worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2015) - 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.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
- Who can apply?
We invite applications from artists, school teachers, university lecturers, curators and freelance arts educators working in formal and informal educational contexts (local communities, galleries, hospitals, museums, prisons, etc). We also invite applications from practising artists working or planning to work in schools, colleges and universities.
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.
For more information see the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in an art specialism is required. All applicants, who meet the entry criteria, are interviewed with a portfolio of art work.