Creative Arts Education

Postgraduate Certificate

2018 entry

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education is for staff in Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) institutions who have either completed the Graduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education, or who have more than three years' full-time or equivalent teaching experience.

The course is registered at our Epsom campus but sessions take place alternately at UCA Epsom and UCA Rochester.

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Length of study:

September - April part-time

Starts:

September 2018

Campus:

UCA Epsom

Course overview:

To apply for this course you must be working in a teaching or supporting learning context for a minimum of one day a week across the year. However, if you've successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education while undertaking a one day per week voluntary (unpaid) teaching placement with an appropriate course, you may be able to continue on this basis - subject to the approval of the Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education course leader and relevant subject course leader or department manager.

The course is delivered between September and April on alternate Wednesdays (10am - 5pm) at our Epsom and Rochester campuses in rotation.

Key study topics you'll explore include:

- Issues of learning and teaching (pedagogy) in creative arts disciplines
- An opportunity to enquire into the pedagogy of creative arts disciplines through conducting a small scale research project
- The opportunity to reflect on professional teaching or supporting learning practice, through the development of a portfolio of evidence.

Course content - 2018 entry

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education has three ten-week units. The first unit is assessed through the submission of a range of tasks whereby theory is used to inform the development of good practice appropriate for the discipline/professional support context and level, the second through submission of a research project report and the third through submission of a portfolio.

In addition, you will:

Undertake four peer-supported review activities, whereby you'll discuss and reflect on a different aspect of teaching or supporting learning practice, and keep a reflective journal for your personal critique of teaching or supporting learning practice.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Exploring Pedagogy in Creative Arts Disciplines

    This unit examines:

    - The wider context, including policies, procedures, legal requirements and professional standards
    - Relevant learning theories and practices in creative arts disciplines and/or professional services
    - Assessment and feedback in creative arts disciplines
    - Meeting the needs of a diverse student body, covering inclusivity and how to ensure equality of opportunity for all
    - Use of reflection to enhance personal development and own teaching or supporting learning practice
    - Issues in creative arts education.

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education has three ten-week units. The first unit is assessed through the submission of a range of tasks in which theory is used to inform the development of good practice appropriate for the discipline or professional support context and level, the second through submission of a research project report and the third through submission of a portfolio.

In addition, you will:

Undertake four peer-supported review activities, whereby you'll discuss and reflect on a different aspect of teaching or supporting learning practice, and keep a reflective journal for your personal critique of teaching or supporting learning practice.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Enquiring Into Pedagogy in Creative Arts Disciplines

    This unit examines:

    - Selecting a topic (this will probably relate to your role in supporting learning)
    - Contextualising the topic through relevant literature
    - Research methods, ethics and choosing an appropriate methodology
    - Describing and refining the topic
    - Relating the project to theory
    - Undertaking the project
    - Reflecting on the project
    - Giving an account of the project.

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education has three ten-week units. The first unit is assessed through the submission of a range of tasks whereby theory is used to inform the development of good practice appropriate for the discipline or professional support context and level, the second through submission of a research project report and the third through submission of a portfolio.

In addition, you will:

Undertake four peer-supported review activities, whereby you'll discuss and reflect on a different aspect of teaching or supporting learning practice, and keep a reflective journal for your personal critique of teaching/supporting learning practice.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Reflecting on the Profession of Teaching or Supporting Learning

    This unit examines:

    - Own underlying beliefs, values, knowledge in relation to learning and teaching in creative arts disciplines, as well as own strengths and developments needs
    - Distinctive features of creative arts pedagogy
    - Roles and identities as a learner, teacher and creative arts professional and how they interact
    - HE and FE professional standards for teaching and supporting learning.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

Facilities

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

Course connections

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

Our course provides 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 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.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education is the generally accepted teacher or supporter of learning qualification in the FE and HE sectors.

 

For those working in the FE sector - together with the Graduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education covers the FE and skills sector mandatory content of the Diploma in Education and Training.

For those wishing to continue pedagogic enquiry to achieve a full Masters in Education, you can do so through two further years of study. Please see Master of Arts in Creative Arts Education for full details.

How to apply - 2018 entry

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Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

Entry requirements

  • Graduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education or the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) (or equivalent eg City and Guilds 730, or Certificate in Education)

or

  • BA Hons (normally first-class, upper second or equivalent) or international equivalent in a relevant discipline and more than three years' (full-time equivalent) teaching experience

plus

  • One day a week or equivalent (minimum) of work in a teaching/supporting learning role at UCA or other FE and skills and/or HE establishment
  • GCSE English at grade C or above, or equivalent.

 

In some instances, this requirement for teaching experience may be provided through one day per week of voluntary (unpaid) teaching support for UCA, subject to a satisfactory interview with the relevant UCA manager or Course Leader.

Applicants working at UCA (including sessional staff) must, in the first instance, seek approval of their line manager to do the course. Line manager and Head of School/Department sign off will subsequently be needed.

Mathematics Level 2 for entry to the course isn't needed, but applicants should be aware that they may need this qualification to gain employment in FE and skills sector.

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.

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