Art and Design in Education (MA)

the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 - 2 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
January, April, October

International course fees
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All study options

About Art and Design in Education at University College London

Visit our MA Art and Design in Education website.

This masters degree will:

  • enable you to share and investigate your educational experiences within a theoretical and historical framework
  • address key issues from different perspectives
  • consider, critique and encourage you to use alternative research methodologies and to apply them to your personal research
  • explore the relationship between practical and theoretical modes of enquiry, and enable you to use evidence to support an educational argument.

This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • explore and debate issues in art and design education
  • draw on your experience as an artist and educator as the basis for research
  • engage with art, craft and design practice as a means to understand learning through art
  • undertake practical studio-based work and/or educational placements
  • work with contemporary art galleries.
Who is this programme for?

Artists, arts administrators, designers, gallery and museum educators, lecturers, primary and secondary teachers and other suitably qualified professionals.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent (usually in an area of art, craft, design or a closely related field), plus appropriate teaching/educational experience. At interview, we will ask you to present a portfolio that provides evidence of your work as an artist, craftsperson or designer and as an educator.

Core topics
  • Artefacts as an educational resource
  • Contemporary art and artists in education
  • Learning in museums and galleries Related topics
  • Issues in art and design education
  • Learning and teaching in art and design.
How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words, including essays and a practical presentation. For the dissertation, you will choose one of three modes:

  • a thesis of 18,000 to 20,000 words
  • studio-based practice and an exhibition, plus an 8,000-word to 10,000-word report
  • a placement and exhibition plus an 8,000-word to 10,000-word report.

Face-to-face evening sessions and some whole-day blocks.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this masters degree are currently working as:

  • art foundation course director
  • graphic design lecturer
  • secondary school head of arts
  • freelance art educator in contemporary spaces.


Core modules
  • Issues in Art and Design Education
  • Learning and Teaching in Art and Design
Recommended modules
  • Contemporary Art and Artists in Education
  • Material & Virtual Cultures: Trans-forming The Museum And Gallery Experience

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
    Course startsJanuary, April, OctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

1. Students are normally required to have a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 for direct entry, with a score of no lower than 6.0 for writing and 6.5 for reading. 2. A good first degree or a teaching qualification with appropriate practical experience. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to consider the graduate diploma route

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