Taught course

Art and Design in Education

UCL - University College London · Culture, Communication and Media

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in an art specialism is required. All applicants, who meet the entry criteria, are interviewed with a portfolio of artwork. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS or a pass to the required standard in the Institute of Education's pre-sessional English (PASHE) course are accepted. If taking IELTS, applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

The Art and Design in Education MA draws on the research and teaching expertise with the Art, Design and Museology group at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). It examines the relationship between art practice, theory and pedagogy and enables students to develop a rigorous approach to educational research in art colleges, schools and galleries.

Art and design education at the IOE - the leading institution for education worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2015) - has a long and distinguished history which can be traced back to the work of pioneering art educator Marion Richardson (1892-1946).

Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, the current MA works closely with galleries and museums continuing Richardson's quest to strengthen links between contemporary art practice and education.

Students enjoy the use of purpose built studio space in IOE's Grade I listed building and benefit from being part of a wider community of PGCE, MA and doctoral students.

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years; Flexible: up to 4 years;

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


Teaching methods include studio practice, lectures, seminars, and gallery-based learning delivered by IOE staff, visiting lecturers and professionals working in universities, galleries and schools. Assessment is based on coursework assignments and the dissertation.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214