The Art and Design in Education MA draws on the research and teaching expertise with the Art, Design and Museology group at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). It examines the relationship between art practice, theory and pedagogy and enables students to develop a rigorous approach to educational research in art colleges, schools, galleries and alternative spaces for art education.
Covid-19 programme updates
Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in an art/art theory/art history specialism is required together with professional experience in formal or informal educational contexts e.g. in schools, colleges, galleries or residencies. All applicants, who meet the entry criteria, are interviewed and asked to show examples of their own artwork or curatorial practice.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
This programme will enable you to share and investigate art education from theoretical, historical and practical perspectives. It addresses key issues such as globalisation, alternative models for art education, new technologies and embodied learning. Students will explore the relationship between practical and theoretical modes of enquiry and learn to conduct research using appropriate methodologies.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two compulsory modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Art and Design in Education.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Contemporary Art and Artists in Education
- Material and Virtual Cultures: Transforming the Museum and Gallery Experience
- Responsive Museums: Inclusion and Outreach in Practice
- Artefacts as an Educational Resource
All students undertake a dissertation in one of three modes:
- a thesis of 20,000 words
- an exhibition and 10,000-word report
- an exhibition of a residency / placement and 10,000-word report
Teaching and learning
Teaching methods include studio practice, lectures, seminars, and gallery-based learning delivered by IOE staff, visiting artists, lecturers and professionals working in universities, galleries and schools. Assessment is based on coursework assignments and the dissertation.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Deadline Monday 25 May 2020 (5pm London time).
- Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Deadline: Monday 18 May 2020 (5pm London time).
- Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
UCL Institute of Education's Art and Design MA students have a strong record of success in obtaining leadership roles in arts organisations and education. Alumni are currently working as lecturers in further and higher education, heads of arts faculties in secondary schools, freelance artist educators in galleries and museums as well as careers advisers for the arts. Many students use the course to explore new areas of critical and creative inquiry which has led to the establishment of alternative models outside of formal education. Graduates have also been very successful entering PhD programmes.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Art and design education at the IOE - the leading institution for education worldwide (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019) - has a long and distinguished history which can be traced back to the work of pioneering art educator Marion Richardson (1892-1946).
Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, the current MA works closely with galleries and museums continuing Richardson's quest to strengthen links between contemporary art practice and education.
Students enjoy the use of purpose built studio space in IOE's Grade I listed building and benefit from being part of a wider community of PGCE, MA and doctoral students.
Department: Culture, Communication & Media
What our students and staff say
"I am proud to have studied my MA at such a prestigious university. My lecturers were accomplished academics with wide-ranging experience in art, design and education, and I was able to meet and work with other successful creative practitioners. Together, we could discuss and reflect on current issues in our field. I created lasting contacts and connections with my lecturers and colleagues, and I continue to collaborate with them on creative and educational projects. Read Kremena's Q&A"
Kremena DimitrovaArt and Design in Education MA (2016)
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Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
We invite applications from artists, school teachers, university lecturers, curators and freelance arts educators working in formal and informal educational contexts (local communities, galleries, hospitals, museums, prisons, etc). We also invite applications from practising artists working or planning to work in schools, colleges and universities.
- All applicants
- 11 August 2020
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Art and Design in Education at graduate level
- why you want to study Art and Design in Education at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
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