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Education (Artist Teacher Practice)


Key facts

Start dates

September 2020 / September 2021

Course length

Part time: 3 years


School of Education

This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.


Our MA Education – Artist Teacher Practice allows you to review and develop your personal creative practice in relation to the highest levels of contemporary practice.

This course is aimed at those working within art education in any sector including those who work:

  • in community arts
  • as artists in residence
  • as gallery or museum educators
  • with community or youth arts groups.

You will combine Master’s level research and academic study with visual arts creation and exhibiting. And gain insight into balancing tensions between education and making. 

We will encourage you to exhibit artworks digitally, locally, regionally and nationally. We will support you, as an educator of art, design and craft, to maintain and develop your own creative practice. We believe this helps you to become more efficient professionally. As well as more satisfied with your educational work.

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How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific 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.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS level 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in speaking and listening.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

Pathways courses for EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£725 per single module (new students); £650 per single module (continuing students)

Home/EU distance learning
£725 per single module (new students); £650 per single module (continuing students)

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£745 per single module

Home (UK) distance learning
£745 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£725 per single module (new students); £650 per single module (continuing students)

Home/EU distance learning
£725 per single module (new students); £650 per single module (continuing students)

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£745 per single module

Home (UK) distance learning
£745 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

There is an additional cost on the double module Developing Personal Artistic Practice, this will be £100.00 to purchase additional materials to complete the double module.

Learning and assessment

You will need to achieve 180 credits over the course of your studies. These include:

Compulsory modules (total 140 credits)

  • Research Methods (20 credits) will support your studies and prepare you for your dissertation
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Integrating Contemporary Practice into the Classroom (20 credits)
  • Developing Personal Artistic Practice (Double module: 40 credits)

Optional modules (total 40 credits)

You can choose two from the optional 20 credit modules listed below.

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Study modules

Your first module will focus on the de-colonisation of the curriculum and pedagogies which support a critical appraisal of visual art and culture. Working with the Pitt Rivers Museum education team, you'll examine how experiences of colonisation are represented in their collection with activities designed to help you consider how to build anti-racist agendas in your teaching contexts. 

  • on-campus mode of study will be blended and include some face to face delivery from September
  • distance learning and remote modes of study will be interactive, high quality and involve live seminars
  • whichever mode of study you choose, you'll participate in formal and informal learning opportunities with the entire artist teacher practice course cohort. 

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Research Methods (20 credits)

You will take a compulsory Research Methods module (20 credits) that will support your studies and prepare you for the dissertation. 

Integrating Artist Teacher Pedagogies in the Classroom (20 credits)

An introductory three-day exploratory course, delivered through a series of workshops held at Oxford Brookes University and the Oxford University Museums, linking to contemporary interpretation of the Pitt Rivers Museum’s collection. This will be followed by two days to critically evaluate ways to integrate contemporary visual arts practice into the classroom.

You will:

  • explore contemporary practice in a museum setting
  • extend theoretical and practical subject specific skills, knowledge and understanding
  • share ideas, meet and work with new colleagues
  • work with a number of art/education/museum specialists
  • experiment with and reflect critically on ways to link subject knowledge to classroom practice
  • integrate appropriate theory and practice into research
  • present supporting work as a portfolio of evidence

Developing Personal Artistic Practice (40 credits)

This module enables artist teachers to develop their own subject knowledge through a series of workshops and seminars at Oxford Brookes University and the Oxford University Museums by:

  • providing facilities and expertise to develop practical and theoretical subject knowledge
  • providing access to contemporary interpretation and exploration of Pitt Rivers Museum’s collections and practitioners
  • debating contemporary issues related to current art theory and art education theory
  • developing a body of artwork which extends their own contemporary art practice
  • creating a reflective sketchbook or journal to demonstrate the development of ideas in a critical way
  • producing a body of work which does not need to culminate in a specific outcome presenting ideas and work to a panel

Optional modules

Action Research (40 credits)

This module comprises a taught unit on action research methods, including managing change, leading to an action research project. The project will require you to research aspects of your own artist teacher identities and exhibit artworks.

The Inclusive Curriculum (20 credits)

This module, relevant for primary, secondary, and further and higher education practitioners and students, explores key aspects of curriculum design and delivery in relation to access, equality of learning opportunity and inclusion. There will be a particular focus on the ways in which cultural values influence curriculum content and organization and you will have an opportunity to critically engage with theories of internationalising and decolonising the curriculum.  

Children’s Imaginative Worlds (20 credits)

Through this unit of study you will explore the ways in which children and young people seem to use their imaginations both to create alternative worlds to occupy and to make sense of their experiences. The development and psychological purposes of imagination will be explored and particular domains of imaginative experience examined. You will have the opportunity of studying a particular domain in depth, working together with others in a choice of reading groups (domains will include, for example: literature, visual arts, music, spirituality, imaginative play and role play).

Final project

Compulsory modules

Dissertation (60 credits)

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching methods, including:

  • workshops
  • critiques
  • seminars.

Teaching sessions take place at Oxford Brookes University, Harcourt Hill Campus and participating Oxford University museums. The course combines some whole day intensive sessions with online resource-based learning.

Field trips

You will have opportunities to work in partnership with Pitt Rivers Museum and across the University Museums Oxford. This involves:

  • working with visual practitioners and artist educator specialists
  • focusing on interpretation of contemporary art, craft and/or design.


Assessment methods used on this course

You will draw on your professional practice during assessment tasks. Assessment methods include:

  • essays
  • seminar presentations
  • criticals
  • portfolios
  • reflective journals.

All modules are coursework-based.


The School of Education is a thriving centre for educational research and teacher professional development. Students on master's level programmes therefore join a large research community comprising researchers at all levels of higher education study.

We hold two major research conferences each year - the School of Education Research Conference and the EdD Colloquium. All students are invited to attend our annual Research Seminar Series (which attracts both internal and external speakers). We also organise a number of conferences, lectures, seminars and debates, some of which have an international reach.

The School’s six research groups exist to encourage engagement in research, publication, conference presentations, seminars and workshops:

  • Inclusion and Wellbeing
  • Policy, Partnership and Leadership
  • STEAM pedagogy and learning
  • Humanistic Perspectives on Education
  • Early Years
  • Applied Linguistics

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After you graduate

Career prospects

A Masters in Artist Teachers Practice can support career progression in the following ways:

  • additional management responsibility within the school/department, such as head of department
  • progression from learning support assistant to arts coordinator in primary education
  • progression from school-based educator to university lecturer/ associate lecturer
  • opportunity to contribute significantly to arts based-awards developed within educational settings, such as Arts Award and Arts Mark
  • artist in residence opportunities
  • develop to doctoral study
  • opportunity to develop and run subject specific CPD to colleagues within school federations or across multi-academy trusts
  • opportunity to present artist teacher projects within school federations or across multi-academy trusts
  • opportunity to publish research projects in NSEAD publications
  • opportunity to present visual arts research at national conferences
  • opportunity to exhibit artwork in public spaces
  • employment as research associates on research projects. 

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.