Art Education, Culture and Practice MA

London, Bloomsbury

The MA examines the relationship between art practice, culture and pedagogy and enables students to develop an innovative approach to educational research across sites for education, such as art colleges, schools, galleries and alternative spaces for art education. Previously known as the MA Art and Design in Education, the programme’s alumni go on to be key influencers in the expanded field of art education. We are therefore looking for students with strong practical and theoretical interests in shaping art education for the 21st century.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£11,800
£5,900
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£26,200
£13,100
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 30 Jun 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

You will learn about art education and its social and cultural impact through both practice and theory. Key issues addressed throughout the programme include access and inclusion, globalisation, embodiment, discourses of creativity, the ‘educational turn' in curation, socially engaged practice, alternative educational models and digital technologies. The programme fosters a supportive and critically engaged community in which you will gain experience of  conducting research into different contexts and possibilities for art education using appropriate methodologies.

Who this course is for

This programme is for anyone interested in the intersection of art and education with experience in both teaching and art practice. We invite applications from early years, primary and secondary school teachers, university and college 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 galleries, schools, universities and other educational sites.

Please note, the programme is not suitable for those applicants who define themselves primarily as dancers, musicians or choreographers.

What this course will give you

Art education at the IOE - the leading institution for education worldwide (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022, for the ninth year in a row) - 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 MA works closely with galleries and art organisations continuing Richardson's quest to strengthen links between contemporary art practice and education. You will also have access to a diverse network of regional and international organisations that contribute to your modules. 

You will enjoy the use of purpose-built studio space in the IOE's Grade II* listed building and benefit from being part of a wider community of PGCE, MA and doctoral students.

The UCL campus also gives you access to the Institute of Making, many specialist libraries, and open access events organised by UCL faculties including The Bartlett School of Architecture and The Slade School of Fine Art.

The foundation of your career

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • head of Family Learning at the Royal Academy of Arts
  • assistant Curator Early Years and Families, Tate Modern
  • schools and Education Coordinator, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
  • education Project Assistant at Whitechapel Gallery
  • education Officer at The Roche Court Educational Trust
  • educator for Family Programmes at Skirball Cultural Centre in Los Angeles
  • research Assistant,  IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society
  • community and Access at Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Employability

MA students develop confidence in articulating an educational philosophy and 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 or the development of socially engaged art practices. Graduates have been very successful in entering PhD programmes.

Teaching and learning

Assessment includes 2,000-word assignments, 5,000-word assignments, art practice-based research assignments, and a choice of three routes for your dissertation; a practice-based exhibition route with 10,000 word written component, an artist residency with 10,000 word written component or a 20,000 word dissertation.

Each 30 credit module requires a minimum of 30 hours contact time plus 300 hours of independent (self-directed) study.

Modules

You will undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two compulsory modules, two optional modules, and a dissertation.

Full-time

Compulsory Modules:

  • Practice-Based Research in Art & Design Education
  • Alternative Models for Art Education
  • Dissertation on Art Education, Culture and Practice

Recommended Optional Modules (this list is subject to change):

  • Contemporary Art and Artists in Education
  • Curation and Education
  • Material & Virtual Cultures: trans-forming the museum and gallery experience

Part-time Year 1:Compulsory Modules:

  • Practice-Based Research in Art & Design Education
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Part-time Year 2:Compulsory:

  • Alternative Models for Art Education
  • Dissertation on Art Education, Culture and Practice

Year 1 - Recommended Optional Modules:

  • Contemporary Art and Artists in Education
  • Curation and Education
  • Material & Virtual Cultures: trans-forming the museum and gallery experience

Modular Flexible

It is expected that students will begin their studies with the compulsory module Practice-Based Research in Art & Design Education and that they will sit the Dissertation in their final year of study. The second compulsory module Alternative Models in Art Education can be taken in Years 1-4 depending on an individual's study pattern.

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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Art Education, Culture and Practice.

Fieldwork

Visits to galleries, schools and alternative learning contexts are an integral part of the course. The course also gives you the opportunity to develop and put into practice an experimental workshop for a chosen context (e.g. a school, gallery or alternative site). This will provide invaluable professional experience, with critical support and feedback.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society Virtual Event series

Please note that there are 27 sessions across a range of subject areas. IOE is ranked number one for education for consecutive nine years and the world's leading centre for research and teaching in education, culture, psychology and social science. If you’re interested in enhancing and progressing your career in education and related social sciences, why not join our open events? You’ll get to meet the programme team, ask any questions you have and find out what it’s like studying at UCL.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £11,800 £5,900
Tuition fees (2023/24) £26,200 £13,100

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

Additional costs

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in their dissertation.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

IOE Centenary-Windle Trust Scholarship

Value: Full tuition fees and stipend (online study only) (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

IOE Windle Trust Scholarship

Value: Full tuition fees and stipend (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Deadline: 2 May 2023
Value: Tuition fees and a stipend of £17,609 (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Deadline: 2 May 2023
Value: Tuition fees and accommodation at International Students House (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas

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 £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Art Education, Culture and Practice at graduate level
  • why you want to study Art Education, Culture and Practice 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. Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be required to submit a portfolio of their own art practice in addition to examples of work produced by students they have taught.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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