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MA - Master of Arts
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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:
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.
For this course (per year)
For this course (per year)
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 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