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Education - Artist Teacher Practice

PGCert

Key facts


Start dates

August 2021 / August 2022

Course length

Part time: 12 months

Department

School of Education

Overview


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).

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

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and 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 part time
£1,990

Home/EU part time
£2,365

Home (UK) part time
£2,615

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019 / 20
Home/EU part time
£1,990

2020 / 21
Home/EU part time
£2,365

2021 / 22
Home (UK) part time
£2,615

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


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

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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

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 that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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.

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

Assessment methods used on this course

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.

Research


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

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.

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.