Creative Practices in Education

MA / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate

An advanced degree course for graduates and professionals who want to develop or enhance their skills and knowledge as a creative worker within a professional context. We aim to encourage the exploration of creativity, and ask practitioners to engage and consider their own practice.

To find out more about the course and to meet the Programme Leader, please book on to our next Open Evening on Thursday 14th July 2016, 5-7pm.

Having a direct link between practice and theory between the arts, education and the professions is an innovative element of the course. Staffing is combined across academic faculties, providing you with the opportunity to enhance your subject knowledge. These multi-disciplinary elements of the course, allows you to draw on expertise in participatory drama and performance, fine art, dance, music, sport and PE and organisational learning within a professional context.

Campus Riverside Campus, Chester
Course MA / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate
Length 1 Year full-time, 2-6 Years part-time
Start date September 2016

How will I be taught?

Active practitioners are involved in the delivery of this course, and the learning environment fosters creative potential through studio and performance practice. The course has been designed as a sequence of study, to move your thinking into a phase that generates a more expansive creative and critical practice. You have an opportunity to further specialise during the second stage of the course.

Workshops, seminars, lectures and specialist facilities across faculties encourage the exploration of ideas, in a wide variety of practice based disciplines. Modules focus on the professional and theoretical contexts of performance - drama, fine art, dance and sport and PE including research methods; they also encourage an interrogation of personal and peer practice.

You will have the opportunity to pursue practical individual projects, studying the creative process and how work might be documented for dissemination and use in future professional contexts. This may include artistic practice (in a wide range of locations), but also artful inquiry, encouraging investigation and research into an emerging field of work and study.

In 2013/2014, we hosted a module at the Liverpool Tate gallery; subsequent years have enabled us to develop the capacity of our partners in collaboration with the Tate and the University of Chester to involve theatres and dance/drama companies.  

Programme Structure:

At the heart of the approaches to teaching and learning are reflexivity, critical reflection and creative engagement.  Students are encouraged to listen and discuss different perspectives and act on the learning to become more effective reflective practitioners who have developed the skills of criticality which has enabled them to identify and address areas for professional and academic development.

Modules include the following:

CD7301 Engagement with Creative Practice: the first double module enables students to build upon prior experience of creative practice, revisiting practice and/or engaging with this for the first time. It enables students to draw parallels between professional and creative practice and theoretical frameworks. The module is largely practical, introducing students to the studio/workshop and the potential of creative practices to inform their own individual enquiry.

CD7310 Cultural Organisations introduces a range of theoretical frameworks for creativity and its application to educational and professional practices. Students will explore cultural organisations and their effects on the meanings of creative practice.

CD7033 Practitioner Enquiry enables students to evaluate their own creative and professional learning; it is an opportunity to develop the skills of reflexivity and critical practice.

Students will interrogate practice to discover a question or enquiry, consider appropriate methodologies and undertake a practice-based enquiry within a professional setting.

Optional modules provide the opportunity to pursue an individual project, to study creative process and how the work might be documented for dissemination and used in future professional contexts. This includes pedagogical analysis, inter-cultural analysis and creative practice but extends beyond this into enquiry, encouraging investigation and research into an emerging field of work and study. This option palette enables students to apply previous learning to their own individual practice within their selected discipline.

Stage 3 of the course is the culmination of the Master's degree, enabling students to give focus to their creative and professional practice through an extended research project. Stage 3 provides a choice from four modules to cater for the variety of professionals engaged with the course, enabling students to personalise their enquiry appropriate to their professional context.

The MA in Creative Practices in Education defines assessment as a process that appraises an individual’s knowledge, understanding, abilities or skills. The programme assesses not only academic skills but also other skills and competencies, including developing advanced skills as creative practitioners, performers, performance makers and visual artists.

The range of assessment approaches includes a combination of practical and written assessments. Assessment methods across the MA have been selected to enable students to develop their knowledge and skills of creative professional practice using an appropriate critical and analytical framework within which to situate and evaluate their own concepts and creative and professional practice.

Holders of the qualification will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of initiative and responsibility, decision–making in complex and unpredictable situations, and the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Based on previous trends, graduates from the MA in Creative Practices in Education programme might expect to take one or more of the following routes:

  • Remain in education or a professional position
  • Gain promotion within education or a professional context
  • Move to work in higher education - either part or full time
  • Gain first time employment in an education or professional organisation

The MA Creative Practices in Education is open to both graduates and non-graduates with professional experience. Graduates will have a background in creativity, education or the professions or a related background acquired through previous study (a Bachelor’s degree). Non-graduates will be admitted to the award-bearing aspects of the course by virtue of their professional experience.  They will have a background in creativity, education or the professions or a related background.  They will attend a compulsory interview with the Programme Leader to ascertain their ability to succeed on the course.