As a participant on this programme you will join a vibrant and diverse community sharing in a journey of professional enquiry designed to enhance your practice as an arts educator.

This part-time 60-credit programme provides a unique opportunity for arts educators to upgrade their teaching qualifications and obtain a PG Cert qualification that has been designed to develop teaching skills for the arts. It is delivered on a part-time basis through a blended learning model, which includes a mix of face-to-face sessions, online sessions, one-to-one tutorials and independent study (distance students can study the programme fully online, accessing the face-to-face sessions through a video conferencing platform).

The programme is designed to allow arts education professionals to integrate their studies within their professional teaching contexts. The process of professional enquiry that underpins all modules requires students to engage in a critical analysis of their teaching and arts practice in order to identify and address their own developmental priorities at each stage.

Description of Applicants

The programme is designed to appeal to individuals who have a role as an arts educator within an informal context, such as a:

  • Community Arts Tutor
  • Participatory Arts Tutor
  • Private Tutor
  • Dance Tutor/Teacher
  • Tutor in a pre-HE organisation
  • Freelance Teaching Artist

or within a formal context such as a:

  • Further Education lecturer/tutor*
  • Higher Education lecturer/tutor*
  • Visiting Guest Tutor in a school
  • Instrumental Music Instructor
  • Teacher in an International School
  • Lecturer/tutor in an International Higher Education context*
  • GTCS registered primary teacher**
  • GTCS registered secondary teacher**
  • Early Years educator

Professional Recognition

AdvanceHE and HEA Fellowship

*For lecturers/tutors working in a further or higher education context with learners at SCQF Level 7 or above (or equivalent), this programme leads to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

**GTCS registered teachers who have a remit for an arts subject within their school teaching context can use this programme to build evidence of their commitment to their professional learning as an arts educator. We include the following within our definition of an ”˜arts subject’: music, dance, drama and art and design.

For all participants, the programme can be used to develop knowledge and skills as an arts educator and to build an evidence-base to demonstrate commitment their professional learning in designing and delivering learning activities.


Who Studies on these Programmes?

Students on these programmes typically have an undergraduate arts qualification in one of the following discipline areas:

  • Dance (e.g. contemporary, ballet, highland, jazz)
  • Drama (e.g. acting, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting)
  • Musical Theatre
  • Contemporary Performance (e.g. devised theatre)
  • Music (e.g. classical, jazz, traditional, contemporary, world, pop, rock, composition)
  • Film (e.g. screenwriting, directing, cinematography)
  • Production (e.g. set and costume design, scenic art, sound design, production management, costume making, stage management)
  • Visual Art (e.g. painting, sculpture, design)

“It has opened my eyes up to so much more information than I ever could have expected such as websites, organisations, research and also it changed my mind in what I want out of education. It has allowed me to network with experts and meet other like-minded people. I am a far better educator for being on this course.” – PG Cert graduate