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 180-credit programme provides a unique opportunity for arts educators to upgrade their teaching qualifications and obtain a Masters 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 sustained critical analysis of their teaching and arts practice in order to identify and address their own developmental priorities at each stage. The programme culminates in a self-designed, self-generated, major-scale project that is intended to help students make a significant contribution to their learners and their professional sector. As such, we are looking for individuals who are ready to engage their creativity in developing and evolving innovative approaches to their practice as arts educators.

 

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

  • GTCS registered primary teacher*
  • GTCS registered secondary teacher*
  • 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**
  • Early Years educator

Or within a UK or International 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

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 to 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)

Funded places may beavailable for Scottish domiciled applicants.

“The MEd has helped shape the way I see my future development as an artist and the importance of engaging in meaningful creative teaching methods.”

 

Professional Recognition

*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. The programme is accredited by the GTCS, and upon completion of the programme, students can apply to gain Professional Recognition with the GTCS (pending award). The programme can also be used to build credit towards an application for 2nd Subject Registration in dance, drama, music or art and design.

 

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 (FHEA).

Applicants who have a role as an arts educator within a formal or informal context where Gaelic is the main language can use this programme to develop their knowledge and skills as an arts educator and to build an evidence-base to demonstrate their commitment to their professional learning as an arts educator working with Gaelic. For students working with Gaelic in a further or higher education context with learners at SCQF Level 7 or above (or equivalent), this programme can lead to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.