Creative Education MA

Location
Falmouth Campus
Direct line
01326 213730

This course is only available to Falmouth academic staff.

The MA in Creative Education recognises that teaching is an inherently creative activity and draws on the current contexts within which design, media, art and performance education operate. You'll be encouraged to reflect on the innovation and creativity of your subject area to inform your approaches to teaching and learning.

Acknowledging that the best teachers are also learners, you'll be taking a scholarly look at teaching and reflecting on the literature, practices and contexts of the creative curriculum. This course also addresses a need to develop informed professionalism to support the teaching and learning of an increasingly diverse student group.

Delivered in three distinct stages, this course aims to develop confident, professional teaching within a context of both creative and academic practices. The stages are:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) creative contexts
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Education
  • MA in Creative Education, research project

The Certificate stage (year 1) offers you a stand-alone qualification for teaching in higher education. The Diploma and Research stages (years 2 and 3) introduce pedagogic scholarship and educational research methods and provide opportunity for you to engage in a negotiated research project relevant to your own educational context and sector.

We anticipate that you'll achieve the Certificate stage within one year of study, the Diploma within two years and the Masters after three – though this may be negotiated within the maximum period of registration (six years).

Building professional experience

The MA in Creative Education allows you to reflect on your teaching practice and subject context, in order to explore this in relation to current thinking and research in learning and teaching. The course is founded on the dimensions of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education. It explores key areas of activity, core knowledge and professional values, and explores these within the context of the creative disciplines. The PGCHE offers a route to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Participants have the opportunity to engage with technical and digital innovations relevant to their subject teaching, as well as inform their approaches to teaching through an understanding of creative pedagogy.

How the course is taught

The PGCHE offers a taught model with sessions delivered weekly plus a week-long summer school in July.

The Diploma offers a blend of taught and online components, including three two-day taught events supported by a range of online activities and discussion.

During the Masters research stage, you'll be supported by both a supervisor and regular research forum meetings.

The course is further supported through the online platform, The Learning Space, which hosts course information, readings and resources to support your scholarship.

Course outline

The course comprises three stages across three years, though each stage may be taken as a stand-alone unit (depending on application criteria).

  • The PGCHE comprises three modules of 20 credits each. Assessed through a series of assignments, you'll build a teaching portfolio evidencing the areas of activity, core knowledge and professional values of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning.
  • The Diploma comprises three 20-credit units intended to extend your professional engagement with the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • The Masters research stage offers the opportunity to engage in a year-long negotiated 60-credit supervised research project into an aspect of teaching and/or learning in creative disciplines.

Facilities

  • Excellent library resources include a wide range of journals and current publications (on and offline)
  • Career and further study support
  • Access to teaching, IT and study facilities

Assessment

  • Teaching portfolio comprising individual assignments, designed to provide a relevant and meaningful resource for future reference
  • Scholarship and research assignments at Diploma stage
  • Final MA research project and dissertation with the opportunity to publish

Careers

The PGCHE is accredited by the Higher Education Academy and graduates of the course will be able to apply for Fellowship of the HEA, indicated by the post-nominal FHEA. This is a nationally recognised indication of professional status. Potential careers and further study opportunities include:

  • Doctoral study
  • Subject specialist tutor
  • Curriculum designer
  • Educational researcher
  • Senior fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Interview and selection process

Interviews are arranged for all those applying to the course and are held with one or more members of the course team.

Masters research

The MA in Creative Education provides a continuing professional development opportunity for those in existing teaching and/or learning support roles. It is also a platform for participants to engage in action research and reflective practice. It is possible to take each stage of the MA in Creative Education as a separate entity, or to use each part to progress through the whole course and engage in a Masters-level education research project. Past research projects have included:

  • Exploring failure as a pedagogic principle
  • Models of assessment through online peer review
  • A comparative study of open educational resources
  • Students' understanding of visual plagiarism

Such research projects reflect the interests and subject contexts of the researchers and provide pilot projects that allow participants to investigate their subject area and apply appropriate research methodologies. Participants may also progress to further research, either through funded learning and teaching projects or through undertaking a professional doctorate in education.