Taught course

Arts and Education Practices

Birmingham City University · Birmingham School of Art

Entry requirements

Normally a first degree or its equivalent in an appropriate subject, and/or previous or concurrent experience in the arts and/or education. We also welcome applications from those mature applicants who may not satisfy the normal entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is for those who work, or intend to work, in contexts where art and education are important. It critically examines the interconnections of art and art education using two pathways: theory and practice-led. This course enables students to combine modules that suit their needs and interests.

The theory-led pathway enables students to work towards in-depth study in an area of their choosing. This pathway enables those already working in education to base most of their research in the workplace.

The practice-led pathway helps students extend or re-engage with their own art practice – ideal for a professional working in a diverse range of art educational situations.

This course will help your professional development by connecting with creative practice. Students will have the opportunity to personalise their learning through the modules chosen. This prepares students for life as a professional artist-educator, a PhD researcher or to work in other career areas.

The course is part of the Art Based Master's Programme - an integrated framework that allows students to build their own course. Core modules in any given course become option modules in all other courses. Students will have an opportunity to engage with other students from diverse learning and professional experiences. Various freestanding options are available.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.


Theory-led Pathway:

Stage 1 (PgCert): Narratives in Arts and Design Education - core module; two shared option modules.

Stage 2 (PgDip): Global Innovations in Arts Practice Education; Research in Practice; Select one option module.

Stage 3 (Master's): Final Presentation / Dissertation.

Practice-led Pathway:

Stage 1 (PgCert): Narratives in Arts and Design Education; Global Innovations in Arts Practice Education; Advanced Practice; Select one option module.

Stage 2 (PgDip): Research in Practice; Select one option module.

Stage 3 (Master's): Final Presentation / Dissertation.

The range of option modules include: Discourses in Art and Design, Strategic Marketing for the Arts and Photography as Research, and more.


Students will take part in research, presentations and collaborative activities and will be expected to complete an extended essay on education. The final Master’s submission consists of a final exhibition, open to the public and a short paper on the relationship of art practice to contemporary education practice.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
4 months


full time
8 months

Further details of qualification

PgCert / PgDip / MA Art, Practice and Education

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595