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Education - Artist Teacher Practice


Key facts

Start dates

August 2020 / August 2021

Course length

Part time: 12 months


School of Education


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

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Tuition fees

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2020 / 21
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2021 / 22
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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.

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 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 is followed by two days to critically explore 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, meeting and working with new colleagues
  • Work with a number of art/education/museum specialists
  • Experiment with and reflect critically on innovative ways to link extended practical subject knowledge to classroom practice
  • Integrate appropriate theory and practice into research
  • Present work as a portfolio of evidence with writing/annotation and examples of planning, resources and artworks produced by pupils.

Developing Personal Artistic Practice (40 credits)

This module enables you to develop your 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 the Pitt Rivers Museum's collections
  • Debating contemporary issues related to current art theory and art education theory
  • Developing a body of artwork which extends your own contemporary art practice
  • Creating a reflective journal to demonstrate development of ideas in a critical way
  • Presenting ideas/work to a panel
  • Producing a body of work which does not need to culminate in specific outcomes but does include an informal group display of key artworks.

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 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.


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.