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You will explore the concepts and practices of a number of key critical pedagogues including Paulo Freire, Ira Shor, Antonio Darder and Henry Giroux as well as the theories and philosophies of John Dewey, Jean Piaget and Karl Marx. This programme gives artists, practitioners, and teachers the opportunity to enrich and consolidate theories of contemporary art and learning. Engage with practice and theory, develop innovative research approaches, and critically debate the changing nature of contemporary art. In the UK, school time and budgets are under pressure and school inspections increasingly value ‘core’ subjects as the indicators of school level and success. This has led to a steady decline in the number of students choosing to study arts subjects at school.

As a result, I was seconded to Cheshire West and Chester Music Service where I worked for over five years. In order to ensure that the information and guidance I share with colleagues continues to be current, I am undertaking a Masters in Creative Practices in Education at the University of Chester. I also represent Edsential in the Local Community Education Partnerships, or LCEPs, an Arts Council initiative with direction provided by our bridge organisation, Curious Minds. There is an appetite for collaboration between teachers and arts organisations, and for them to explore and improve their practice and the outcomes for young people. We also respond to teachers’ interest in having more opportunities to develop their skills and professional practice in teaching through the arts, and in understanding their pivotal role in creating and delivering an arts-rich curriculum and school environment. The arts play an important role in enriching young people’s learning and educational experiences.

With over 26,900 students from around 100 countries, we’re a large and diverse university set in the heart of Birmingham with a focus on practice-based learning. Discover our wide range of contemporary courses, built with practice-based learning and international opportunities at every stage. The Italian Art Education Tour is a highly successful A Level project, offering a unique opportunity to study and work in Tuscany, probably the most loved region of all Italy. Practical workshops run alongside organised visits to see the works of the Italian Renaissance artists. As well as knowledge of different art forms, media and techniques you can also gain specialist skills in areas such as photography and digital technologies. Studying arts subjects also help to develop critical thinking and the ability to interpret the world around us.

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Akshara Foundation of Arts & Learning is humbled to support Akshara High School- students, teachers, staff and parents during this difficult time of Covid-19. That schools should be less focussed on outcome and more focussed on the creative journey. When schools work towards a predefined, prescribed outcome (i.e. in the case of a display) the understanding and learning of pupils can be compromised. Ofsted recognises that work which looks great at first glance can often hide poor learning outcomes.

  • If you’re unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead.
  • The Art of Learning has found to help with children’s literacy and communication skills; speaking out and expressing themselves with clarity and with confidence.
  • The application of these contexts is considered within formal school-based art education, museum and gallery education, dialogical art practices and participatory community arts.
  • The images can be of present and/or past personal art work/performance/installation etc.
  • You will be supported by a highly professional staff team, doctoral researchers, technical demonstrators and artists in residence in a innovative, creative and supportive environment.

Conducted over five years, this longitudinal study used design principles that built the capacity of the Dallas community to design and improve arts-rich programmes for children and youth. Examined the impact of the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art programme on students’ ability to describe and interpret art, and to apply these skills to understanding written text. Culture Case-A UK resource identifying studies that describe the educational impact of engaging in arts and culture. It is set of fun and energising activities that support improvements in cognitive function, working memory and inhibitory control in the young people to benefit achievement, collaboration, confidence and engagement with and enjoyment of learning. Cathy is an artist, writer and academic whose work is concerned with how art can be created and distributed in collaborative partnerships and through the creation of commons. Her work seeks to understand the experience of contemporary conditions through social practice and is realised as digital video, print, installation, public art, publication,…


The MA Arts and Learning utilises a number of complementary assessment strategies. These have been devised to appropriately assess the range of learning outcomes and are underpinned by the ethos of the programme these include, exhibition/presentation/performance, essay, viva voce. Practitioners who already have existing M-level credits may apply to have these transferred to the MAAL.

Young people and their teachers are also enthused by working with creative practitioners in the classroom, inspiring new ideas and approaches to the arts across the curriculum. This programme has delivered positive results through the professional development of teachers’ practice and improved skills, knowledge and motivating strategies for learning. This diversity provides you with an opportunity to study with people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and who bring a wealth of experience to the programme.

This is a unique professional development opportunity at the intersection between art practice and educational theory. This programme will enhance your understanding of educational theory and practice by focusing on issues of culture, language and identity, and is taught by internationally-renowned experts. Cluster schools and MATs may wish to develop this into a shared Arts Festival; a bespoke provision for cohorts of schools creating inspiring opportunities for pupils’ to perform and for schools to engage their wider communities. The service involves planning, liaising with identified co-ordinators and cultural venues, providing expert tuition in the Creative and Performing Arts, developing a programme, managing logistics, hosting an art exhibition and running the event.

Birmingham School of Art is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for art-based learning and research. We have a unique art education archive relating to the Arts and Crafts Movement, and Marion Richardson, amongst others. Our pioneering MA Arts and Education Practices course focuses on the exploration of educational models at the intersection of practice, teaching and pedagogic theory. The only Arts Education MA in the UK based in a School of Art, we provide a unique platform for the art educator….

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