The MA Education – Artist Teacher Practice programme has two core compulsory modules (60 credits) that are outlined below. You will take a compulsory Research Methods module (20 credits) that will support your studies and prepare you for the dissertation (60 credits). You will also take two further option modules (40 credits), selected from any of the available modules in the MA Education. You need to achieve 180 credits in total.
Core compulsory modules
Integrating Contemporary Practice into 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, followed by two days to critically evaluate ways to integrate contemporary visual arts practice into the classroom.
- 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 (Double module: 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
You will also select 2 option modules (40 credits) from the main MA Education pathway – a selection of possible modules may include:
Action Research (double module 40 credits) comprises a taught unit on action research methods, including managing change, leading to an action research project. The project will require students to research aspects of their 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 students 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).
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, course content and module choices may change from the details given here.
Teaching and learning
Teaching is delivered through workshops, crits and seminars held at Oxford Brookes University, Harcourt Hill Campus and the participating Oxford University museums. It involves a programme of occasional whole day intensive sessions with online resource-based learning.
Approach to assessment
All assessment tasks are designed to connect with the contexts of students, so you can draw on your own professional practice, and use your work to improve your practice. Each course module is assessed separately and is based on coursework, e.g. essays, seminar presentations, criticals, portfolios, reflective journals, exhibitions, vivas and investigative research.
For example on the two core modules:
- Integrating Contemporary Practice into the Classroom 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 students support learners to embed interpretation into a contemporary art project
- Developing Personal Artistic Practice focuses on making one's own visual practice and is assessed partly through a portfolio of evidence, a reflective journal and an individual presentation to tutors.
Opportunities to engage with contemporary interpretations of the Pitt Rivers collection with visual practitioners is a key feature of this programme.
The 2019-20 programme will begin with students working directly with a contemporary practitioner in the Pitt Rivers Museum focusing on aspects of the collection. Pitt Rivers education staff will also provide the opportunity to engage with interpretation of the collection. Additional opportunities to work with practitioners is embedded throughout Artist Teacher Practice, often working with new pedagogical approaches which can be utilised for artistic or educational practices.
The module Developing Personal Artistic Practice involves working consistently with artist tutor Dionne Freeman, who is a successful practising artist working in art education. Dionne will tutor you in developing a new portfolio of personal artistic practice and engage you in small group critiques to support the development of your ideas.
The art studio at the Harcourt Hill Campus includes a mac suite and access to the studio in the evenings and weekends. Students can negotiate the use of these facilities out of school/office hours.
Opportunities are provided for you 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.
Sarah Hughes, artist teacher alumna, kept a reflective journal / blog throughout her three years of study (2012 - 2015): Find The Gap. This maps Sarah’s progression across the programme.
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 course start date is 19–20 August 2019. Sessions on the two core compulsory modules on the Artist Teacher Practice (see above) will take place at Oxford Brookes University and across the Oxford University Museums. It will involve a programme of occasional whole day intensive sessions with online and resource-based learning. The face-to-face sessions for these core compulsory modules will occur either in school holidays or on Saturdays.
For other modules on the programme:
- Part-time on campus: Artist teacher modules are taught on occasional Saturdays or during the holidays (February and August).
- Additional modules are usually taught over eight weeks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays 17:00 – 20:00 during University semesters.
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