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Education - Artist Teacher Practice PGCert

Education - Artist Teacher Practice PGCert

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Part time | Harcourt Hill Campus | 12 months | AUG

Study mode

Part time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Teacher / Trainer Assessment Arts & Crafts / Communication / Performing Arts Teaching / Training Education Studies Artist / Performer Management / Representation

Course type


Course Summary


The PGCert Education - Artist Teacher Practice is a Masters programme of continuing professional development for artist teachers.

You will combine Master’s level educational research and academic study with visual arts creation and exhibiting to:

  • review and develop your personal creative practice
  • support ongoing enquiry into the professional artist teacher identity
  • balance tensions between education and making.

Making as research and learning within a community are vital in supporting you to become an independent makers beyond the course. It also fosters diverse opportunities for both current students and alumni.

The Artist Teacher Practice course provides strong partnerships with:

  • the Pitt Rivers Museum
  • visual practitioners
  • artist tutors (visual arts practitioners who are also engaged in educational practice in a range of contexts).

Career prospects

Students who have completed or are completing the programme have found career progression in the following ways:

  • additional management responsibility within the school/department, such as head of department
  • progression from arts co-ordinator in primary school to Senior Lecturer in Education (primary art)
  • engagement in further arts-based master's programmes
  • opportunity to contribute significantly to arts based-awards developed within educational settings, such as Arts Award and Arts Mark
  • artist in residence opportunities
  • presentation of research projects at the national NSEAD conference
  • opportunity to publish research projects in NSEAD publications
  • opportunity to present visual arts research at national conferences
  • opportunity to exhibit artwork in public spaces.

There is a route towards developing visual art education doctoral work at Oxford Brookes University as a result of the completion of the MA programme.


You will explore your initial artist teacher practice in your professional setting with a focus on interpretation and meaning making. To achieve this, You will work with gallery and education specialists to improve both your practical skills and your visual art subject knowledge. You will take part in lectures, seminars and practical classes which focus on visual culture in galleries, museums and debates around decolonisation of the art curriculum. You will consider how this links both to teaching practical art activities and helping learners develop their interpretation skills. In a three day workshop at the Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford Brookes University, You will learn from art and education specialists. You will plan, deliver and assess a project which explores interpretation and/or meaning-making in art, craft or design. Through your research and reflection on Art and Design education, You will identify potential methods for enhancing your personal and professional artist teacher practice.

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Entry requirements

Applicants need to be working in art education in some capacity. It is preferable that candidates have a first degree in education or an art-related practice, although this can be negotiated according to individual circumstance. Applicants do not need Qualified Teacher Status.

University information

Based in the historic student city of Oxford, Oxford Brookes is one of the UK’s leading modern universities. It enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence, innovative approaches to learning, and strong links with business and industry. The university welcomes students from more than 140 countries around the world and is proud of its diverse, inclusive community. Oxford Brookes is known for great teaching, equipping students...more

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