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Arts, Creativity and Education

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The research that I carried out not only informed my own practice but also contributed to contemporary educational debate and policy.
Key Facts
Route Co-ordinator: Annouchka Bayley Full-time enrolled 2020-21: 16
Open to: MPhil only

Written task

Please only submit the written task with your application, a research proposal is not required

Full-time deadline: 31/03/2022
This thematic route provides an interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary arts education and cultural debates in the UK and abroad. The course facilitates innovative thinking and practice through crossing conceptual boundaries between the arts and education, as well as supporting the use of the arts as a method of inquiry. It includes contributions from specialists in a range of disciplines, including performing arts, drama, theatre, visual art, design and technology. This course recognises that artistic practices can serve as an essential research tool in our respective fields and therefore makes available studio and performance facilities.
In the first term, the curriculum investigates arts, culture and politics, tracing lineages from bourgeois liberalism and white western practice through to decolonial, new materialist, and critical pedagogic thinking and arts practices. The curriculum moves to discuss what the arts and arts education do in contemporary society. In the second term, the curriculum turns to studio practices of research, including the arts and situated knowledges. In this module, we will interrogate different modes of research practice, multi-registered and polyphonic approaches to research practice and writing, and various world theories as they relate to the development of new strategies in contemporary arts and education research practice. Students will write two essays in the first two terms as they work towards the execution of an independent research project in the third term.

Why choose us?

  •  Benefit from teaching by internationally renowned Faculty staff specialising in the Arts, Creativity and   Education
  •  Enjoy a wide range of theoretical frameworks and approaches to literature in the Arts 
  •  Closely engage with other Faculty networks (PEDAL for example)
  •  Join a unique and vibrant community of graduate students and researchers in Arts, Creativity and   Education
  •  Benefit from the experience of meeting fellow students from all over the world
  •  Experience a teaching approach that promotes research-orientated pedagogy and encourages critical   engagement
  •  Enjoy personalised support and mentoring through one-to-one supervision
  •  Gain knowledge and develop research skills to continue to a PhD
  •  Develop skills for employability across a range of institutions including academia, professional and   community arts, teaching, government, museums and galleries (to name but a few)
  •  Conduct an independent research project of your design with the option of using arts-based methods

What does this course offer?

As well as providing a strong grounding in critical perspectives, this unique interdisciplinary course offers several distinctive elements which distinguish it from other courses on offer in other universities:

  • Investigate key debates and theorisation at the intersection of the arts and education
  • Encourage a capacity in students to reflect on and to analyse practices in the arts as they relate to education and research
  • Foster a critical understanding of and ability to bring together theoretical, practical and policy perspectives

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How is the course organised?

Term 1: Taught sessions on Arts, Culture, Politics

Term 2: Taught sessions on Practices of Research

Term 3: Supervisor-supported independent research project

Students on the MPhil course complete the course in one year and have teaching sessions throughout the week.


Research Method Strand

Alongside these modules, you will benefit from 32 hours of Research Methods teaching. This is taught across all Masters courses within the Faculty of Education, allowing you to interact with others on different routes. It covers a broad range of social science research methods and is essential for Masters level understanding and critical engagement with the research literature in many specialist areas and in education more generally. Through this strand you will acquire the skills necessary for designing, conducting, analysing, interpreting and reporting a research study for thesis.

Detailed information.

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Who are the course team?

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Where do our students go?

Our graduates are leaders in the field of the arts, as artists, arts education leaders, teachers, policy makers and educational practitioners across a range of arts disciplines. They have a wide choice of career options, including further doctoral study, advanced teaching opportunities in the arts, community arts partnerships, media, technology and communication, cultural studies and museum and gallery education.

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What our students say

"I looked at music and social capital. Completing the research for my thesis at a Ugandan orphanage was a formative experience for me, made all the more meaningful by being able to contextualise and analyse my results with the help of excellent course tutor support."

"I had the opportunity to extend my theoretical sensitivity of the socially-engaged arts field in which I had participated as a practitioner for over a decade."