MA Learning & Teaching in the Creative Industries

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A 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time postgraduate degree available at:

The MA Learning & Teaching in Creative Industries has been thoughtfully designed so that it perfectly suits both new and experienced educators. This course supports excellence, no matter whether you’re starting your journey as a teacher or looking to deepen your existing knowledge, skills and experience. It’s both flexible and comprehensive, giving you the tools you need to lead the way in the education sector.

By the end of your course, you can expect to be a highly creative, thoughtful and collaborative educator with the skillset to succeed in both further and higher education. You’ll develop your skills, knowledge and agency as a teacher, as well as learning to use educational theory and undertake your own primary research. We take a highly person-centred approach, offering expert tuition, one-to-one mentoring, engaging practical workshops and guided independent study.

Aside from skills development and knowledge acquisition, you will learn to critically examine and challenge beliefs and attitudes in order to find your own voice as an educator.

Focus areas include:

  • Teaching and supporting learning
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Learning theory and psychology
  • Inclusivity and accommodation for learning need
  • Creative and experiential approaches to learning
  • Educational and practitioner-led research
  • Course design
  • Critical and social theories of education
  • Coaching and mentoring in one-to-one settings
  • Leadership and innovation in education
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Which pathway is right for you?

This MA is offered in two distinct pathways:

The ‘Initial Teacher Education’ pathway: designed for early and pre-career teachers

The ‘Initial Teacher Education’ pathway focuses on developing your own practical and reflective skills within the classroom. It includes the introductory module, ‘Teaching, Learning and Assessment’, for which no prior teaching experience is required.

You will also undertake a work placement of teaching experience and lesson observation, which is recognised in forming the ITE requirements for professional formation (QTLS) through the Education & Training Foundation. Teaching placements are offered for those not currently working within education.

This pathway is offered both full-time over one calendar year (three semesters) and part-time over two calendar years.

The ‘Continuing Professional Development’ pathway: designed for qualified teachers or those with over three years of teaching experience

You’ll expand upon what you already know and complete the programme with deeper theoretical and pedagogic knowledge that will enrich your teaching, exploring new practices in leadership and educational change.

Because our flexible MA courses provide an educational experience that works around you, this pathway is offered part-time over two calendar years so that you can continue with your day-to-day profession.

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Course specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time (one year) or part-time (two years)

Awarding institution: BIMM University

Campus delivery: Brighton and Bristol

Language of study: English

Final award: MA Learning & Teaching in Creative Industries

Minimum requirements

A good degree (normally 2.2 or above) or significant professional experience in the creative arts/industries.

Overseas students where English is not their native language may be required to meet a minimum English language requirement of an Academic IELTS 6.5. We require a minimum of 6.0 to be achieved in each band.

Exceptions apply. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

All applicants will be subject to interview and a portfolio may also be requested for Recognition of Prior Certified or Experiential Learning (RPCEL).


Graduates will be qualified to work as teaching practitioners, administrators and leaders in creative arts institutions at further education and higher education levels.

They will also be able to use the course to further self-employed careers such as one-to-one teaching, creative workshops, curriculum consultation or developmental coaching.

Course fees

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Please note: module names and structure may be subject to change.

Initial Teacher Education Pathway Only

You will engage in a broad range of learning and teaching techniques suitable for roles in post-compulsory education. The module develops competencies in planning, teaching, assessing, giving feedback and supporting different forms of learning. As an introduction to the course, no prior teaching experience is assumed.

Continuing Professional Development Pathway Only

This module focuses on the concept and practice of leadership within contemporary education, adopting an individualised approach to helping you to ‘learn to lead’ and ‘lead to learn’.

You are given the opportunity to develop and reflect on different styles and approaches relating to leadership and leading change across a range of professional contexts. You will investigate a personally significant leadership challenge, with the support of colleagues and peers on the module.

What is creative education – education in creative subjects, a more creative approach to education in creative subjects or a more creative approach to all education? This module invites you to explore such questions in the context of your own professional and creative practice, through engagement with theories of creativity and contemporary perspectives on creativity in education.

You will engage in experiential workshops in order to practice techniques that expand your practical skillsets as a creative educator. We encourage you to experiment with your own learning and creative practices, to try new things in your teaching, and to explore how assessment decisions are made and justified within creative subjects.

This module will grapple with a variety of real-world theories and practices of research used to investigate education and the creative subjects.

You will investigate and use different methodologies of qualitative and practitioner research in order to better understand learning and teaching within the creative industries.

For the module’s assessment, you will generate a research proposal, which can be used for your final research dissertation/project.

In this optional module we engage with a range of critical positions on education and the curriculum, exploring what, how and why we teach.

We will explore the variety of aims and ideologies at play within education and help you to critically engage with ideas from the social sciences, psychology and education in analysis and debate. You will also learn how to use these languages to engage in your own educational practices more deeply.

This optional module supports you in developing short-courses and curricula. You will look at a variety of methods and orientations to curriculum design, including examining digital and blended learning approaches applicable to courses on and offline, as well as managing individual and collaborative learning.

For the module’s assessment you will create and evaluate your own course portfolio, allowing you to develop usable design and materials for your own professional career area.

This optional module facilitates your development as an effective coach and/or mentor in one-to-one settings. You will explore a variety of person-centred techniques and approaches for partnering with learners to support their development and empower them as individuals. This can provide an additional professional skillset for work as an educator, as well as inform your classroom teaching.

You will participate in critical and reflective learning-in-action while receiving professional supervision throughout the module.

This double-weighted module provides you with the opportunity to engage in sustained scholarly work of an innovative and independent nature. This work will focus on an area of professional interest with regards to learning and teaching in creative education.

Through your own research, you will be able to demonstrate the knowledge and expertise of an area of interest in post-compulsory education, drawing on knowledge and skills developed throughout the course under individual supervision.

Any questions?

For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM Music Institute, please contact our Enquiries Team on 01273 840 346 or email [email protected].


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