Education - Artist Teacher Practice


Start dates: August 2024

Part time: 12 months

Location: Harcourt Hill, Distance learning

Department(s): School of Education, Humanities and Languages

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The PGCert Education - Artist Teacher Practice is a Masters programme of continuing professional development for artist teachers.

You will combine Master’s level educational research and academic study with visual arts creation and exhibiting to:

  • review and develop your personal creative practice
  • support ongoing enquiry into the professional artist teacher identity
  • balance tensions between education and making.

Making as research and learning within a community are vital in supporting you to become an independent makers beyond the course. It also fosters diverse opportunities for both current students and alumni.

The Artist Teacher Practice course provides strong partnerships with:

  • the Pitt Rivers Museum
  • visual practitioners
  • artist tutors (visual arts practitioners who are also engaged in educational practice in a range of contexts).

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Course details

Course structure

The PG Certificate: Artist Teacher Practice consists of two modules (total of 60 credits) taken part time over one year.

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Learning and teaching

Our teaching methods include:

  • workshops
  • crits
  • seminars.

These are held at our Harcourt Hill Campus and the participating Oxford University museums. There is also a programme of occasional whole day intensive sessions with online resource-based learning.


Module 1 is assessed through a 3,000 word assignment plus a 1,000 word formative essay plan. This focuses on a project run in a professional setting where you support learners to embed interpretation into a contemporary art project.

Module 2 focuses on making your own visual practice. It is assessed partly through a portfolio of evidence, a reflective journal and an individual presentation to tutors.

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.

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

  • Integrating visual arts interpretation into 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, 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.


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


The School of Education, Humanities and Languages 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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Students who have completed or are completing the programme have found career progression in the following ways:

  • additional management responsibility within the school/department, such as head of department
  • progression from arts co-ordinator in primary school to Senior Lecturer in Education (primary art)
  • engagement in further arts-based master's programmes
  • opportunity to contribute significantly to arts based-awards developed within educational settings, such as Arts Award and Arts Mark
  • artist in residence opportunities
  • presentation of research projects at the national NSEAD conference
  • opportunity to publish research projects in NSEAD publications
  • opportunity to present visual arts research at national conferences
  • opportunity to exhibit artwork in public spaces.

There is a route towards developing visual art education doctoral work at Oxford Brookes University as a result of the completion of the MA programme.

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Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) part time
£935 per single module

Home (UK) distance learning
£935 per single module

International distance learning
£1,760 per single module

Home (UK) part time
£980 per single module

Home (UK) distance learning
£980 per single module

International distance learning
£1,850 per single modue

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Tuition fees

2023 / 24
Home (UK) part time
£935 per single module

Home (UK) distance learning
£935 per single module

International distance learning
£1,760 per single module

2024 / 25
Home (UK) part time
£980 per single module

Home (UK) distance learning
£980 per single module

International distance learning
£1,850 per single modue

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

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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.

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

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Additional costs

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