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Education (Artist Teacher Practice)


Key facts

Start dates

September 2021 / September 2022

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 (UK) part time
£745 per single module

Home (UK) distance learning
£745 per single module

Home (UK) part time
£765 per single module

Home (UK) distance learning
£765 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2021 / 22
Home (UK) part time
£745 per single module

Home (UK) distance learning
£745 per single module

2022 / 23
Home (UK) part time
£765 per single module

Home (UK) distance learning
£765 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.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

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’ll develop your knowledge of research approaches, methods and techniques for the study of children and childhood, education and language. You’ll explore the interdisciplinary nature of work in and across these areas. After taking this module, you’ll be well prepared for the methodological aspects of your dissertation.

Integrating Artist Teacher Pedagogies in the Classroom (20 credits)

You’ll explore your initial artist teacher practice in your professional setting with a focus on interpretation and meaning making. To achieve this, you’ll work with gallery and education specialists to improve both your practical skills and your visual art subject knowledge.

You’ll take part in lectures, seminars and practical classes which focus on visual culture in galleries and museums and debates around decolonisation of the art curriculum. You’ll 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’ll learn from art and education specialists. You’ll 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’ll identify potential methods for enhancing your personal and professional artist teacher practice.


Developing Personal Artistic Practice (40 credits)

This is a chance to develop as a skilled, reflective artist practitioner and professional. We want to take you back into the studio, where you can extend your knowledge, skills and understanding of contemporary art practice through a personal, practical investigation.

You’ll work to a deadline to develop a portfolio of contemporary art practice. You’ll also keep a reflective journal, blog or sketchbook to demonstrate your progression in making and thinking. 

During the module you’ll have access to seminars and workshops in specialist settings, which will help you to extend your subject knowledge. You’ll reflect on your personal practice and link this to theory and contextual studies. Finally you’ll evaluate how this has impacted your professional practice through a presentation of ideas.


Optional modules

Investigating Professional Practice (40 credits)

You’ll undertake an action research project of your choice, with the ultimate aim of improving your own practice. First, you’ll learn about a range of action research approaches and methods. You’ll be supported throughout the project, from establishing a viable focus to planning, designing and carrying out your action research, and writing up your report. You’ll strengthen your research skills, and also make a contribution in your practice area – as we intend your research results to feed into a wider network of good practice.

The Inclusive Curriculum (20 credits)

You’ll explore key aspects of curriculum design and delivery, in relation to access, equality of learning opportunity and inclusion. You’ll look at how cultural values influence curriculum content and organisation, and explore theories of decolonising the curriculum. The module content is relevant whether you’re a primary, secondary, FE or HE practitioner.

Children’s Imaginative Worlds (20 credits)

You’ll explore the ways in which children and young people appear to use their imaginations to do two distinct things – to create alternative worlds to occupy, and to make sense of their experiences. In doing this, you’ll explore the developmental and psychological purposes of imagination. You’ll have the chance to study one particular domain of imaginative experience in depth, working together with others in a choice of reading groups.

Final project

Compulsory modules

Dissertation (60 credits)

In your dissertation or project, you’ll carry out a sustained piece of educational research. You’ll analyse and report your findings at a high critical level, justifying and supporting them with detailed reference to relevant theories and concepts. This work will comprise one third of the work for your degree.  

If you’re writing a dissertation, you'll focus on a research problem of particular interest. If you’re enrolled on a named route of the MA Education, your topic will be relevant to your route (e.g. childhood and youth, L&M, SEND, TESOL, higher education). 

If you’re working on a project, you’ll undertake a shorter piece of independent investigative or literature-based research. You’ll also produce a creative piece or artefact.


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.

Take a look at the Artist Teacher Practice: Settlement Virtual Exhibition. The virtual exhibition is the direct result of a taught session this year with prospective students, current students and alumni. The event was organised in partnership with Pitt Rivers Museum and Henge21, a community arts project based in South Oxfordshire.

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.