MA Education: Creative Arts in Education

Specialism leader: Dr Kerry Chappell

Delivery: campus-based and/or blended-learning

Duration: one year full-time /three years part-time

The creative arts provide opportunities for developing creative and aesthetic understanding, finding a personal and communal voice within different cultural contexts, and are linked to improvements in academic achievement.

This specialism will help you encourage creativity via the arts, understand the variety of roles the arts in education might take, and consider how arts teaching can benefit other areas of the curriculum and promote inclusion. Unique in integrating approaches to drama, music, dance and visual art, this MA includes visits to schools and venues such as galleries, as well as interactions with key cultural organisations. You may also specialise in a particular art form.

The syllabus may include:

  • Subject knowledge – focus on music, visual arts, drama or dance including the latest innovations and best practice
  • Theory and practice - latest ideas and concepts in arts education and your particular specialism; inter-relationship between art forms; arts and the wider curriculum; creativity and dialogue
  • Teaching and learning – teaching approaches including practical models and demonstration; working with artists and other partners; promoting inclusion; curriculum design; use of new technologies
  • Creativity – theoretical and practical approaches; relationship between creativity and dialogue; techniques for encouraging creativity in your students; assessing creativity

Students wishing to follow a specialism may have it named on your degree certificate, highlighting the specialist knowledge and experience you have in this field.

You must take 180 credits in total to qualify with an MA qualification.

To qualify with the degree title MA Education: Creative Arts, you will need to take a minimum of 60 credits in the specialist area, usually chosen from the taught modules below, and write a dissertation on a topic relating to this specialism.

Compulsory modules

Taught modules

EFPM265 The Arts and Educational Futures 30 Campus-based
EFPM228 Arts in the Curriculum 30 Campus-based
EFPM224* Creativity and the Arts 30 Campus-based or blended learning
EFPM320* Issues of Policy and Practice in Arts Education 30 Campus-based or blended learning
*These modules are compulsory on the full time programme.

Optional modules

In addition to the core modules, you will undertake 60 credits of optional modules.

EFPM272 International Perspectives: inclusion, disability & diversity 30 Campus-based
EFPM273 Critical Perspectives in Inclusive & Special Education 30 Campus-based or blended learning
EFPM303 Creativity and Education Futures 30 Campus-based or distance learning
EFPM317 Educational Technology in Practice 30 Campus-based or distance learning

Prior learning and experience

If you are registering for the MA Education, you may be able to accredit a maximum of 90 credits as a result of the learning you have achieved through your certificated qualifications and/or experience. Find out more.

Flexible design

If you don’t wish to complete a full Masters programme, you can study modules individually with the option of building up credits towards a postgraduate qualification. Visit the Professional Development in Education pages for more information.

Delivery: campus-based and/or blended-learning

Duration: one year full-time / two to five years part-time

The programme is based on a combination of seminars, lectures and studio work, but you will also be given opportunities for field visits to arts venues and educational settings including schools, regional theatres and galleries. Assignments vary and may include presentations, group work and peer assessment.

Facilities and support

‌Our campus-based modules are taught at St Luke’s Campus, which offers you an excellent range of specialist facilities, including: music room; dance studio; art room and drama studio. It also has the UK’s largest Education library. Depending on the modules you choose, you may also be able to study part of your programme online.

You’ll be assigned a personal tutor and have access to module tutors via email and face-to-face tutorials. You’ll also have access to a range of support including lecture notes, presentations and reading materials through our online learning environment.

Research-led teaching

The specialism is aligned with the CREATE Research Group which brings together academic staff, practitioners and research students with interests spanning the creative and performing arts (including dance, music, visual art and drama).

Why study MA Education: Creative Arts at Exeter?

Find out about our professionally-orientated CPD (continuing professional development) MA Education: Creative Arts Specialism

Associate Lecturer Hermione Ruck Keene has put together this video to give an overview of our MA Education: Creative Arts programme.


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