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Art Education, Culture and Practice MA

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Full time | UCL (University College London) | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art Arts & Crafts Teaching / Training Cultural Studies Education Studies Teacher / Trainer Assessment

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Course Summary

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.

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.

What this course will give you

Art education at the IOE - the leading institution for education worldwide (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021, for the eighth 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
  • Freelance Artist educator at South London Gallery and Wellcome Collection
  • 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.

Teaching and learning

Assessment includes 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.


The Dissertation module spans two terms; spring and summer. It has been designed to, provide a supportive, academic framework within which students can develop a substantial piece of independent research within the field of art and design education; and, encourage the exploration of a key issue in depth and in such a way that the completed Dissertation of 18,000-20,000 words or 10,000 words plus a visual presentation/exhibition contributes to knowledge and/or professional practice in the field of art and design education.
Alternative Models for Art Education - Core

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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.

University information

University College London (UCL) is one of the largest and most highly ranked higher education institutions in the world, conducting leading research across a wide range of subject areas. Throughout its long and prestigious history, it has inspired and educated countless minds and produced 30 Nobel prize recipients. With one campus located in the heart of Bloomsbury, and a second campus in vibrant east London the university is home to around...more

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