Creative Education

MA - UCA Epsom - 2019

Education is a valuable opportunity to develop ourselves and improve the world around us. Creativity should be at the heart of education, enabling students to build on existing knowledge and work innovatively to solve new and persistent problems. But rewarding creativity is often overlooked at the expense of achieving discipline-specific outcomes which can obstruct the development of a truly creative, student-centred culture.

Our MA in Creative Education addresses this issue by providing you with the opportunity to explore creativity in the context of your educational work and develop your creative confidence as a teacher or supporter of learning. The course is suitable for educators from a range of disciplines who want to transcend the constraints of their current practice by developing knowledge, skills and tools to bring about positive changes.

Drawing on a range of creative pedagogies, the course enables you to develop and apply new knowledge about creative education to your professional practice. You’ll work both individually and collaboratively to critically analyse key concepts and issues in creative education, and will graduate as a confident educator with the capability to develop creative learning environments for your students.

You’ll learn how to research by undertaking research projects that enable you to explore and apply new ideas in your educational practice, or tackle persistent issues that you want to solve. Through your work on the course, you’ll identify communities of professionals who will benefit from your research and produce appropriate outputs to enable you to participate in these communities.

The course is designed to offer flexible study opportunities, and is delivered predominantly online to enable you to participate around your professional commitments. Taught sessions take place on alternate Saturday mornings between 9am and 11am, and on Tuesday evenings between 8pm and 9pm. In addition to these, you will participate in online discussions and activities that enable you to apply your learning in your professional context.

One final thing - to apply for the course, you will need to have 60 Masters-level credits of relevant, prior learning, and be working in a teaching or supporting role for a minimum of 40 hours across each year.

If you’re ready to get creative with your teaching, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact the course leader, Tony Reeves, for an initial conversation, details can be found below.

Length of study:

Two years part-time


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Course details

  • Year 1

    The Big Issues in Creative Education

    During this unit you will relate your educational practice to relevant research, and use this research to critically examine the constraints that impact your teaching and supporting learning work. This unit introduces you to creative education in a variety of contexts with the intention of identifying key issues that you may wish to investigate further in Year 2. As part of your work on this unit, you will explore potential audiences for the work that you will develop later on in the course to help you begin to develop a focus for your research.

    Learning How to Research

    This unit enables you to evaluate a range of educational methodologies and methods. The purpose of this unit is to develop your ability to think critically and work creatively as an educational researcher, and you will use creative thinking to design a research question informed by key issues in creative education. The week-long residential early in this unit provides you with research methods training, and also constitutes a valuable opportunity for you to meet with your fellow participants. By undertaking a small-scale research project, you will learn how to identify and review relevant literature, develop a robust research design, and collect and analyse data.

  • Year 2

    What’s Your Problem?

    In this unit, you will draw on the knowledge you have gained during Units 1 and 2 to develop a research question and project into an area of creative education that interests you. Your question may arise out of an issue that is of interest to an audience you identified in Unit 2, or from an aspect of your educational or professional practice that you wish to investigate. You will design a research project that enables you to respond to your research question, and you will use a range of technologies to produce a creative research journal and report.


    The final unit provides an opportunity for you to disseminate your research by communicating the findings with appropriate audiences. By consolidating your learning on the course, you will critically reflect on your own professional development and consider your next steps as an educational professional. Potential outputs from this unit could include a journal article, crowdfunding campaign, website, conference, series of blog posts or videos, project proposal, social media campaign or critical reflection.

  • Fees

    The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:

    • UK and EU students part-time - £2,300

    The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.

    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.


You'll have access to excellent facilities at our Epsom campus, including computer suites with Macs and PCs loaded with the latest design software, and a well-stocked library with student development services.

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Course connections

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

  • Industry links

    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.

  • Careers

    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 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.


How to apply - 2019 entry

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When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching or Higher Education Academic practice, or equivalent from another institution


  • Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS)


  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy


  • 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.

International entry requirements

Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa. If you have another category of visa please contact us: to find out if you are eligible to study.

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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