Arts and Education Practices, M.A. | Birmingham City University | Birmingham, United Kingdom
12 months
16300 GBP/year
7900 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Our pioneering MA Arts and Education Practices course focuses on the exploration of educational models at the intersection of practice, teaching and pedagogic theory. Arts and Education Practices - MA is provided by Birmingham City University.


What's covered in the course?

Our students come from across phases and sectors in the field of art and design education providing you with the stimulation and challenges that different perspectives can bring. 

Arts and Education Practices - MA is provided by Birmingham City University.

Our practice pathway develops and renews your subject knowledge and connects you with contemporary creative and educational practice. The course is taught jointly with other practice led students from MA Fine Art and MA Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices.

Our theory-led pathway enables in-depth study in arts education. Dissertation research can make a real difference in your workplace and / or establish new career options for your future. If you’re already working in education you can base most of your research in the workplace.

Both practice and theory pathways share core modules exploring the past, current and future practice of arts education. You can personalise your learning through optional modules and pursue your interests within arts education through an independent research module.

Our timetable is designed to fit around a busy professional life. Face-to-face sessions are balanced with online content and assessment is spread throughout the year to ease workload.

If you do not already work in the field there is scope to work in real educational situations and to be involved with live projects. The course connects you with a network of alumni who work across the sector. Course director Carol Wild is an arts educationalist with 15 years' experience in education.

Why Choose Us?

  • This is a unique professional development opportunity at the intersection between art practice and educational theory.
  • We work with each individual student to develop a route through the course to match their aspirations. Our students practice as artists, gain promotion within the field of education, pursue research or take a sideways step into another arts education related context. Many would say that the course was ‘life changing’.
  • You will be supported by a highly professional staff team, doctoral researchers, technical demonstrators and artists in residence in a caring and supportive environment.
  • Birmingham School of Art is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for art-based learning and research. We have a unique art education archive relating to the Arts and Crafts Movement, and Marion Richardson, amongst others. Many of these students use this archive as part of their research.
  • The course is based at Birmingham School of Art (Margaret Street), a fine example of Venetian Gothic architecture and an impressive purpose built Grade I listed art school. It is a beautiful place to come away from the pressures of work life.

Enhancing your employability skills

Studying an MA will help you to pursue or develop your career in a range of related professions across the educational sector and creative industries. 

This course will help to enhance your skillset and employability and either progress in your existing role or achieve your career ambitions in a new direction.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Philosophy and Aesthetics 
  • Models and Methods of Curatorial Practice 
  • Queer Strategies in Practice 
  • Small Arts Business Set up 
  • Photography as Research 
  • Creative Publishing and Public Dissemination 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a first degree or its equivalent in an appropriate subject, and/or previous or concurrent experience in the arts and/or education.
  • We also welcome applications from those mature applicants who may not satisfy the normal entry requirements.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7900 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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