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MA/PGDip/PGCert Art, Craft & Design Education

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  • Entry requirements
    Applications are invited from those who have a good second-class honours degree (or above) in:

    * art, craft or design education
    * art, craft or design plus a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
    * education where art, craft or design is a significant component.

    Applicants holding a comparable professional award plus relevant experiential learning will be considered. Applicants not meeting the normal entry requirements may be required to undertake a qualifying assignment and/or present a portfolio of documentary evidence of intellectual and professional development resulting from prior experiential learning.
  • Course description
    Why should I study this programme?
    The MA Art, Craft & Design Education programme provides opportunities for teachers, lecturers and other professionals to investigate and analyse the role of art, craft and design in education. 

    Students bring to the programme a wide variety of experiences in a range of educational contexts, from Foundation Stage settings through to primary and secondary schools and initial teacher education. By critically reflecting upon their professional practice and studying its location within a theoretical framework, students should arrive at a broader knowledge and deeper understanding of their field.

    The programme has a multicultural, international and cross-cultural focus and provides opportunities for students to explore a range of theoretical and practical approaches to the study of art, craft and design in education.

    A thorough research training provides students with the skills and knowledge to undertake the dissertation and a foundation for those wishing to continue to MPhil/PhD study.

    Special features
    The MA Art, Craft and Design Education team have recently linked up with the Tate to provide a new 20-credit module: Learning through Art in the Museum. The module runs from December through to May and is taught entirely at Tate Britain/TateModern .
    Key areas of study
    • Art, craft and design education and cultural diversity
    • Practice-based work in art, craft and design
    • Comparative perspectives on art, craft and design education
    • Critical and contextual studies in art, craft and design education
    • Curriculum and assessment in art, craft and design education
    • International trends in art, craft and design education
    • Research methods and enquiry
    • Museum and gallery education
    • Dissertation
    Teaching and assessment
    The programme is taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and individual research and is assessed through written and practical assignments, case studies, research reports, exhibitions and presentations.

    Career opportunities
    The programme provides excellent preparation for senior posts in art, craft and design education or for study for a research degree.

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