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MA Creative Arts in Education - 2022 entry

Please note: The below is for 2022 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
Entry year 2021

Programme Director Dr Kerry Chappell
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Typical offer

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree – other qualifications and experience may be accepted

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Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Education


  • Learn how to encourage creativity via the arts and understand the variety of roles for the arts in education, how they can benefit other areas of the curriculum and how they can promote inclusion
  • Gain a thorough grounding in education research, theory and practice
  • Experience creative arts in action through visits to arts education settings such as schools and galleries and interactions with cultural organisations that collaborate with us
  • Specialise in visual art, music, dance or drama, or take an interdisciplinary approach
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6th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research in Education and influencer of national education policy

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*.

Top 150 in the world for Education

QS World University Rankings 2020.

Home to one of the largest Education libraries in the UK

Specialise in visual art, music, dance or drama – or take an interdisciplinary approach

Entry requirements

For admission to the programme we would normally expect that you hold a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area such as social sciences, humanities or education. While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a high 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

Applicants are expected to have some previous experience of the creative arts in education (visual arts, dance, drama, music or other). This might include simply having attended arts classes yourself or having volunteered to assist in arts education settings, or you may be experienced in some form of arts-based teaching or facilitation. We are looking for students who are actively interested in creative arts education; we aim to start with your own experience and to develop this through the course.

We welcome applications from students who hold qualifications and degrees that are not in education. These may include degrees and qualifications undertaken in the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, arts or business studies. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and every application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We would encourage applicants to use their personal statement to indicate their interests in creative arts education and any relevant work experience.

Some modules require Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

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Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

You must take 180 credits in total to qualify with an MA qualification. This will either consist of taught modules to the value of 120 credits and a dissertation worth 60 credits, or a combination of modules, dissertation and accredited prior learning or experience.

There is the option to choose a module which includes an experiential placement as your optional module, thereby gaining skills which can be helpful in finding employment following the course.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.


2021/22 entry

UK fees per year:

£7,800 full-time; £3,900 part-time

International fees per year:

£19,500 full-time


The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships and GREAT scholarships (British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign) for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

Teaching and research

Teaching and learning

Learning methods vary across our wide range of modules and may include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Peer-led activity
  • Online resources
  • Studio and classroom work
  • Field trips and school visits

Our Education Studies module provides a grounding in education research, theory and practice. Every other week students participate in activity sessions such as:

  • A discussion and practical activity with a range of psychology practitioners
  • Designing your own materials which might help to address racial inequalities in school
  • Working with an expert in young people's relationships education
  • Short series of pedagogy-focused sessions for students who want to work with young people in educational settings in the future


All modules are assessed through course work and there are no final examinations. Assessments are varied and include:

  • Essays
  • Online projects
  • Portfolios
  • Presentations

Facilities and support

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

Campus-based modules are taught at the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at the St Luke's Campus in Exeter, which offers an excellent range of specialist facilities and the UK's largest Education library.

Research-led teaching

You will join a vibrant postgraduate community at the Graduate School of Education, studying with some of the leading scholars in their disciplines.

You will benefit from our active research culture, which promotes the sharing of ideas and knowledge to encourage innovation. Our research centres provide a focus for research and discussion for academic staff, researchers and practitioners, and organise seminar series, visiting speakers, conferences and other events.

Cultural programme

The department runs a programme of cultural activities which help us build a strong student community in the GSE, such as:

  • Our Masters students being hosted and mentored by our PhD students during induction week
  • Social activities (this year we went on a trip to Killerton, a historic site owned by the National Trust)
  • Community celebrations – each year a student group will host a celebration event for others in the department
  • Film viewing and discussion events
  • Theatre trips, with the possibility to meet the producer/actors
  • A monthly craftivism group
  • A dance performance and workshop
  • A music performance and workshop

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Our collaborators and visiting speakers

In additon to benefiting from the expertise and experience of our acacemics, on this course you will also engage with high profile local arts education providers.

We bring visiting speakers and organisations into our modules, as well as providing opportunities for students to go out into the local arts education community to experience practice in context via field visits and through dissertation study opportunities. In relation to this, we strongly encourage students to consider taking the optional Education Professional Placement module, which can be arranged with a local arts education provider.


Daisi’s vision is for artistic and cultural experience to be at the heart of young people's lives and learning. Daisi’s mission is to work in partnership with artists from a broad range of artistic disciplines, and educators to enable arts and culture to enrich and inspire the lives, learning and futures of children and young people in our South West of England region. 

Within this remit Daisi has a close affiliation with the MA Creative Arts in Education.

Daisi believes that engagement and learning in and through the arts transforms lives, and that young people contribute to the cultural lives, futures and heritage of all of us. They aim to celebrate their achievements and to contribute intelligently to the arts education sector's evidence base of the positive impact of arts education activity on outcomes for young people. Daisi is committed to designing, supporting and sharing innovative, diverse and relevant approaches to learning in and through the arts through partnerships like the one with the MA Creative Arts in Education course and collaborations across sector boundaries.

Associate Professor Oded Ben-Horin (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway) held a “Science Opera” workshop for University of Exeter’s Creative Arts students as part of the European Commission’s CREATIONS project. During the workshop, students were introduced to pedagogical features of the CREATIONS project, which seeks to raise interest in science and scientific careers through a specific approach to creativity in science education: the inter-disciplinary meeting of science and art in the classroom. Two cases were demonstrated: Write a Science Opera (WASO) and Global Science Opera (GSO). In the former, students experienced exercises which may be used to realize science/art activities with a class of pupils. In the latter, the students were introduced to how global opera productions are realized in collaboration with international scientific institutions. 

The full gallery of photos from Associate Professor Ben-Horin's workshop can be viewed here.

The Carousel Project brings new and exciting creative learning experiences to early years children and their families.  Local professional artists (including dancers, animators and visual artists), specialising in interdisciplinary early years arts, work collaboratively to engage young children and their families through highest quality creative arts sessions, based around the exploration of stories.  Carousel projects aim to encourage working creatively together, so that young children and their families can set their imaginations free, unlocking a brand new world of open-ended discovery in which to thrive and achieve their full potential.

The Carousel team has a strong connection to the MA Creative Arts in Education both because some of its artists are alumni of the course’s modules and because Carousel artists have gone on to teach on the course. The Carousel Project has made a particularly strong contribution to Creative Arts at the University of Exeter, including teaching about Community, Partnership and Pedagogy, considering early years interdisciplinary arts as a future model for the arts in other educational settings. The Carousel Project has also hosted students on their field visits.

The MA Creative Arts in Education staff are also involved in research relevant to the course. One such project is the EU-Horizon 2020-funded CREATIONs project which aims to engage young people in science education through creativity and the arts. Creative Arts students assisted at the CREATIONs Masterclass where the secrets of light and colour in butterflies and photography were revealed to school children in Years 7 and 8. The day involved seminars and hands on activities including looking at photography via a Camera Obscura. The event, held at the University’s Streatham campus, was led by Professor Pete Vukusic and Sam White.

Professor Vukusic’s research explores how light is manipulated in the natural world, and Sam is a specialist in photography who works in schools with his Camera Obscura. The event was a collaboration between the University of Exeter's Graduate School of Education and College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and run with the help of PhD Physics students and the Creative Arts students. This Masterclass was also run in association with the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Physics Masterclass Programme.

What I enjoy the most about my course is that I not only feel empowered to integrate the arts and creativity into my teaching but I also feel capable to support other teachers with how to do it. Visits to creative schools, galleries and school placement have given me interesting ideas on making the arts a part of my curriculum.


Student (MA Creative Arts in Education)


The flexibility of this programme means it is ideal for students from a range of subject, professional and career backgrounds including teachers, lecturers, administrators, education advisors, or other related professions. 

Students considering an academic career and progression to PhD are advised to undertake the MSc Educational Research.

Graduate destinations

The University has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students compete very successfully in the employment market. Our graduates have gone on to a range of careers in the UK and overseas with examples given below. We are aware that Chinese students may want to go on to become teachers in China after graduating from the Exeter MA Creative Arts in Education Programme. We have assisted programme alumni previously with translating the qualification into terms which work within the Chinese teacher training system. Whilst we cannot promise success, we are happy to work with students to support them in this way where appropriate.

Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations listed below are independent and do not correspond.

Job Titles

  • Teacher
  • Subject Specialist Teacher (including music, arts, drama)
  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Head of Department
  • Arts Manager
  • Educational Therapist
  • Education Officer
  • Dyslexia Assessor
  • Headteacher/Principal
  • Education Consultant
  • Dean, Faculty of Arts
  • Lecturer


  • Ofsted
  • Devon Education Authority
  • Jersey States Education Department
  • Plymouth City Council
  • FEA Training and Development Centre
  • Camden LEA
  • Exeter College
  • Hong Kong SAR Government
  • Danish National School of Contemporary Dance
  • Ministry of Education, Cyprus
  • Saltash Community School
  • University of Reading

Career support

Careers support including skills training, internships, jobs vacancies, employment fairs and other events is available through the Career Zone.

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Experiential Placement

You are encouraged to consider taking the Education Placement module (EFPM909) as your optional module, thereby gaining skills which can be helpful in finding employment following the course.

Once the module cap is reached, any remaining students will be able to choose from our wide range of other modules but these will not include a placement.

Education Placement module (EFPM909)

This module is focused on reflecting on educational practices. It will provide you with the tools to reflect critically upon your experience and the placement element of the module.It allows you the unique opportunity to take up a relevant placement and to use this as an opportunity for personal, professional and academic development. You will also be encouraged to reflect on your learning in your placement and to consider how this relates to the wider issues, processes, practices, policies and theoretical ideas that you have explored in your academic study. This module thus strongly supports you in connecting theory and practice.

If you undertake this module you will work on sourcing a placement, with support from the College Employability and Placement Advisor. The placement will be of 5 days or 30 hours (or equivalent) in an education context that relates to your interests. The placement may be physically in a place of work; in a virtual place of work; or based on curated online activities. You will be given tools to support you in reflecting on educational practices, and linking theory to practice as part of this module, as well as the opportunity to develop CV writing and other employability skills.


There are a range of possible placement options, including: virtual placements; a physical placement in a school setting, a physical placement with an arts practitioner, or a digital curated placement – engaging with a wealth of videos and other resources selected by module tutors to allow you to experience a variety of educational settings.

It will be your responsibility to find, negotiate, and confirm the details of your placement with suggestions from the College Employability and Placement Advisor.

You will be encouraged to think about the variety of settings where education might occur and to consider arranging your placement so that it challenges your existing assumptions, perspectives and skill sets.


The placement will be for a minimum of five working days. The working pattern must be arranged by you (with support of the Employability and Placement Advisor) in agreement with the placement site. It may be arranged as:

  • a single week when there are no taught sessions at the University (perhaps reading week, or in the break between the spring and summer term);
  • one day a week for five weeks;
  • half a day a week for ten weeks;
  • another equivalent pattern that works for your particular placement.

After your placement

In the past, students have sometimes continued to volunteer in their context after their placement has completed, strengthening their CV in terms of experience. Additionally some students, who possess the appropriate right-to-work documents, have secured employment in their context – a number of students have found jobs as teaching assistants at the primary schools where they did their placements, for example. (These opportunities are in arrangement with the placement site and will not be facilitated by module staff).


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