The MA Learning & Teaching in the Creative Industries is perfect if you’re looking to enter into a teaching career for the first time. It’s also the ideal choice if you’re an experienced educator wanting to broaden your knowledge and skills within the field of creative arts education at Further Education and Higher Education levels.
You’ll engage in critical and collaborative development as a creative educator and improve your skills and agency as a teacher, as well as literacy in educational research.
The MA programme will take a person-centred approach and include a balance of expert tuition, experiential workshops and self-guided study. You will learn to analyse your key interests, beliefs and values to expand knowledge in areas such as:
- Learning and teaching practices
- Instructional and curricular design
- Assessment and feedback practices
- Learning theory and psychology
- Creative and experiential approaches to learning
- Critical pedagogy
- Critical theory and education in society
- Coaching and mentoring
- Leading and innovating in education
This MA is offered in two distinct pathways:
The ‘Early Career’ pathway: designed for early and pre-career teachers
The ‘Early Career’ 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.
This pathway is offered both full-time over one calendar year (three semesters) and part-time over two calendar years.
The ‘Experienced Educator’ pathway: designed for qualified teachers or those with over three years’ teaching experience
You’ll expand upon what you already know and complete the programme with deeper theoretical and pedagogic knowledge. You’ll also explore new practices in innovation, curriculum-making and leadership.
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.
You will be required to complete four modules for both of the MA pathways. And your MA programme will culminate in one of two ways:
- A research dissertation that discusses and explores a chosen area of academic interest or professional practice.
- An Action-Research Project where you will identify and improve upon a specific area of your own professional practice. You’ll also undertake a practicum of teaching and placement opportunities. Please note that you’ll be offered a placement opportunity if you are not currently working within education.
The below video provides an overview of the MA Popular Music Practice programme, presented by Gerry Lewis (Course Leader MA Learning and Teaching in the Creative Industries) at our Berlin Masters Virtual Open Evening on 11th May. This contains useful content such as an overview of the study modules, assessment methods and course structure. It also features input from Jess Balsom, a current student on the MA Learning and Teaching in the Creative Industries programme.