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Creative Arts Education (MA)

Course Description

UCA Epsom

Our MA Creative Arts Education course is designed for those who wish to return to the study of education, with a view to revisit topics covered previously or to address new issues that have emerged as a result of changes in the creative arts education landscape.

To apply for this course you must be working in a teaching or supporting learning content for a minimum of one day a week across each year.

Have a question? Just ask us - http://www.uca.ac.uk/ask-uca/

Student work


Course overview

This course is delivered in two parts, between September and April on Saturdays (10:00am - 5:00pm) at our Epsom campus. Indicative attendance requirements are as follows:

Part 1: Critical issues - requires attendance every other week

Part 1: Investigating pedagogy - requires attendance at four all-day sessions and some tutorials throughout the unit

Part 2: Researching pedagogy - requires attendance at all day sessions and tutorials every other week for the first 15 weeks, and then intermittently for tutorials if required

Part 2: Reflective account of practice - requires attendance on three days across the unit.

Course content

Part 1 -

Part 1 has two 15-week units in September - January, and January - April;

Critical Issues in Creative Arts Education: This unit examines a range of issues such as:

- Identity of Further Education (FE) or Higher Education (HE) professionals
- Educational and social theories
- The purpose of assessment and educational evaluation
- Theories of inclusive education
- Digital pedagogies
- Educational leadership
- International pedagogy in creative arts.

Investigating Pedagogy in the Creative Arts: This unit examines:

- Identifying and scrutinising a problem
- Undertaking a literature review
- Finding and justifying appropriate methodology and methods
- Meeting requirements for research ethics
- Developing a robust research design
- Considering validity and reliability in undertaking the investigation
- Reporting the results of the investigation.

Part 2 -

Part 2 has one 22-week unit (September - February) and one seven-week unit (March - April);

Researching Pedagogy in the Creative Arts: This unit examines:

- Setting the parameters of the research
- Interrogating the literature
- Explaining choice of methodology and methods
- Exploring requirements for research ethics
- Establishing a theoretical framework
- Ensuring validity and reliability in undertaking the investigation
- Analysing and reporting the results of the investigation.

Reflective Account of Professional Pedagogic Practice: This unit examines:

- Own values, knowledge and understanding in relation to creative arts pedagogy/professional supporting learning practice
- Own contribution to successful student learning
- Effective use of scholarship and research evidence in support of learning
- Own strength and development needs, in relation to the HEA professional values
- Analysis of creative arts aspects of pedagogy/professional supporting learning practice
- Evaluating own role in managing, mentoring, supervising or supporting others
- Relevant professional standards for teaching and supporting learning in FE/HE contexts.

Programme Specification - http://webdocs.ucreative.ac.uk/Creative_Arts_Education_%20MA_E_PSpec_201415-1405340640011.pdf


As a UCA student, you'll have access to excellent facilities at each of our campuses, including library and student development services for support with dyslexia, a disability or with learning in general.

Library - Access to well-stocked libraries at all of the UCA campuses.

Digital media suites - Computer suites with Macs and PCs loaded with the latest design software.

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

::Industry partners::

Our course provides you with the opportunity to focus on developing teaching practice, at the same time as professional art and design practice. This dual professionalism is highly valued in FE and HE contexts.

And developing a small-scale research project provides you with experience of producing, writing and disseminating research. Past participants have found this valuable when applying for practice-based research funding or writing PhD proposals.


A successful career in teaching or supporting learning in FE and HE contexts requires three key ingredients. These include a subject discipline qualification (preferably at Masters level), significant professional art and design or professional support practice, and a teaching qualification.

::Further study::

Our MA in Creative Arts Education enables those interested in focusing on the pedagogic aspect of their roles - through interrogation of practice and research - to add a fourth dimension to their qualification portfolio.

Your portfolio

No formal portfolio is required for this course. We'll require you to attend an Applicant Day which will include an interview. This will also give you the opportunity to visit us, meet the course team and see the facilities. If you wish to bring work for discussion at your interview, you're welcome to do so.

Student regulations

Find out more about the operation of our courses, student conduct, assessments and examinations - http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/student-regulations

Visit the Creative Arts Education (MA) page on the University for the Creative Arts website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education from UCA, or, Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching or Higher Education Academic practice, or equivalent from another institution, or, Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), or, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, and, Five years' (full-time equivalent) teaching/support for learning practice. Consideration will be given to applicants who do not have a PGC in Learning & Teaching (or equivalent) or Fellowship of the HEA - if they can make a strong case for admission on the basis of substantial teaching experience.

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