Art and Design in Education

University College London (UCL)

12 months
20110 GBP/year
8940 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Art and Design in Education MA programme offered at the University College London (UCL) draws on the research and teaching expertise with the Art, Design and Museology group at the UCL Institute of Education. It examines the relationship between art practice, theory and pedagogy and enables students to develop a rigorous approach to educational research in art colleges, schools and galleries.


This Art and Design in Education MA programme offered at the University College London (UCL) will enable you to share and investigate art education from theoretical, historical and practical perspectives. 

It addresses key issues such as globalisation, alternative models for art education, new technologies and embodied learning. Students will explore the relationship between practical and theoretical modes of enquiry and learn to conduct research using appropriate methodologies.

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include studio practice, lectures, seminars, and gallery-based learning delivered by IOE staff, visiting artists, lecturers and professionals working in universities, galleries and schools. Assessment is based on coursework assignments and the dissertation.


UCL Institute of Education's Art and Design MA students have a strong record of success in obtaining leadership roles in arts organisations and education. 

Alumni are currently working as lecturers in further and higher education, heads of arts faculties in secondary schools, freelance artist educators in galleries and museums as well as careers advisers for the arts. 

Many students use the course to explore new areas of critical and creative inquiry which has led to the establishment of alternative models outside of formal education. Graduates have also been very successful entering PhD programmes.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Alternative Models for Art Education
  • Practice-based Research in Art and Design Education
  • Contemporary Art and Artists in Education
  • Material and Virtual Cultures: Transforming the Museum and Gallery Experience
  • Responsive Museums: Inclusion and Outreach in Practice
  • Artefacts as an Educational Resource

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in an art/art theory/art history specialism is required together with professional experience in formal or informal educational contexts e.g. in schools, colleges, galleries or residencies. 
  • All applicants, who meet the entry criteria, are interviewed and asked to show examples of their own artwork or curatorial practice.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20110 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20110 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8940 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8940 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part-time fee

  • UK/EU: £4,605 (PT)
  • Overseas: £10,240 (PT)


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