Taught course

Creative Education: Making Learning

Plymouth College of Art · Plymouth College of Art

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Entry requirements

BA 2.1; equivalent professional experience or portfolio; exceptional project proposal.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Creative Education: Making Learning is a crucible for open inquiry through arts education, that places making at the gravitational centre of learning. It explores the permeable structures and transformational agency of creative learning, across a range of educational paradigms, societal and cultural contexts.

As a student on the MA Creative Education: Making Learning you will have the chance to explore your own role as an artist / educator, while producing a wide range of possible outcomes, from classroom-based research to participatory artwork. You will examine debates about the role of the arts in learning, and learning as art, gaining an understanding of learning across mainstream and alternative settings.

The programme is appropriate to a wide range of subject specialists. We support professional educators, teachers, tutors and lecturers as well as creative and community practitioners who want to develop reflective practice in a wide range of socio-cultural, institutional or professional contexts.

The MA Creative Education: Making Learning is oriented towards experimental developments in arts and pedagogy, especially those that propose new ways of thinking about the agency of individuals, groups and institutions.

Within the creative arts, learning is never a straightforward accumulation of knowledge. Although new skills and perspectives are acquired, they often arrive by way of unlearning. The course explores the implications of this idea across a variety of contexts including galleries, schools, community settings and higher education institutions.

Notions of unlearning are used to challenge hierarchies of artistic engagement and to look afresh at the economic, political and ideological implications of ‘creativity’. By examining these ideas, you will develop research informed by non-linear, disruptive or prefigurative conceptions of education.

The MA Creative Education: Making Learning has grown out of the progressive continuum of creative learning that the college has developed with its sponsorship of Plymouth School of Creative Arts (PSCA).

The MA draws upon the collaboration with PSCA and a wider network of (arts) organisations in Plymouth and beyond to provide you with the opportunity to develop new perspectives on your own practice, pedagogical inquiry, educational research and the transformative potential of creativity.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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