Creative Arts Education

MA - UCA Epsom - 2018, 2019

Our MA Creative Arts Education course is designed for those who wish to return to the study of education with an interest in the creative arts, 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, whether those social, historical or political. 

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.

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.

Length of study:

Two years part-time


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Entry year(s):

2018, 2019

Entry requirements:

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Course details

  • Term 1

    Our MA in Creative Arts Education is taught over two terms: 

    Term 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.

  • Term 2

    Our MA in Creative Arts Education is taught over two terms: 

    Term 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.

  • Fees

    Uncover all the costs involved, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to.


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.

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 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.


How to apply - 2018 entry

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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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