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Education in Arts & Cultural Settings MA

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Our Education in Arts & Cultural Settings MA offers you the exciting opportunity to study a course that combines academic and practice-based knowledge in the growing area of art-based education, engagement and participation, through diverse and engaging modes of teaching/learning. It is designed to provide the professional knowledge and expertise in that area for both students who are already working in the culture/arts sector and for students who are aspiring to get into an education-related career in culture and the arts.

Key benefits

  • A unique collaboration between King’s College London and a diverse range of London- and UK-based art organisations.
  • Access to interprofessional and multidisciplinary expertise drawn from academic and art-based contexts.
  • Innovative course for current and aspiring educators in arts and culture.

Our MA in Education in Arts & Cultural Settings offers an exciting opportunity to study at a world-class centre for music, dance, visual arts and literature.  We offer teaching in methodologies for designing, delivering and managing education courses as well as for working at the interface between education and culture. We set your learning in the context of current theoretical debates around cultural value, education, audience development, social inclusion, culture and identity, professional ethics within the cultural sector and the economics and ‘social’ value of art and culture.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

Taught modules

Lectures, seminars and feedback:

  • The Arts, Culture & Education module has 32 hours of class time.

  • The Creative Learning in Arts Organisations module has 20 hours of class time.

  • The Research Methods module has 22 hours of class time.

  • The optional internship module typically involves six hours of class time and students must spend at least 160 hours (20 working days) on the internship placement.

  • The other optional modules typically have 20 hours of class time.

  • In all cases, the time in class can include lecturing, teacher-led class discussions and student-led group work.

  • Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Self-study:

  • The Arts, Culture and Education module has 268 hours self-guided learning time.

  • The Creative Learning in Arts Organisations module has 280 hours self-guided learning time.

  • The Research Methods module has 278 hours self-guided learning time.

  • The optional modules typically have 280 hours self-guided learning time.

  • The internship module has approximately 294 hours of self-guided learning time, which includes at least 160 hours of work experience.

The Academic Study Skills Workshop has 10.5 hours of contact time. For the Dissertation module, students receive 9 hours one-to-one dissertation supervision, and are expected to complete 591 hours on it in self-study.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Assessment

    Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected and may include essays, oral presentations, research proposals and placement reports. The 60-credit dissertation is assessed with an extended piece of writing of 16,000 words.

    Structure

    Required modules

    You are required to take the following modules:

    Creative Learning in Arts Organisations (30 credits)
    The Arts, Culture & Education (30 credits)
    A combination of modules in Research Methods (30 credits)
    Dissertation (60 credits)

    If you are a part-time student, you will usually complete the Creative Learning in Arts Organisations and the Arts, Culture & Education modules in your first year. In your second year you will take Research Methods, your optional module and the Dissertation.

    Optional modules

    You are required to take one module (worth 30 credits) from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

    Recent Developments in Education Management (30 credits)
    The Social Context of Education (30 credits)
    Internship: Education in Arts & Cultural Settings (30 credits)

    With the approval of the Programme Director, you may take 30 credits of relevant optional modules from another course in place of the 30 credits from the list above. Contact hours and assessment methods may vary for optional credits from outside the course.

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    You will be able to use the skills that you develop over the duration of this course to excel in a variety of Education/Learning-related roles. For example, our graduates have gone on to careers within arts and cultural organisations and to enhance their careers in art education. Others have continued their studies to a higher level.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £4,935 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £19,740 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • Library fees and fines 
    • Personal photocopies 
    • Printing course handouts
    • Society membership fees
    • Stationery
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    Our MA in Education in Arts & Cultural Settings offers an exciting opportunity to study at a world-class centre for music, dance, visual arts and literature.  We offer teaching in methodologies for designing, delivering and managing education courses as well as for working at the interface between education and culture. We set your learning in the context of current theoretical debates around cultural value, education, audience development, social inclusion, culture and identity, professional ethics within the cultural sector and the economics and ‘social’ value of art and culture.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

    Taught modules

    Lectures, seminars and feedback:

    • The Arts, Culture & Education module has 32 hours of class time.

    • The Creative Learning in Arts Organisations module has 20 hours of class time.

    • The Research Methods module has 22 hours of class time.

    • The optional internship module typically involves six hours of class time and students must spend at least 160 hours (20 working days) on the internship placement.

    • The other optional modules typically have 20 hours of class time.

    • In all cases, the time in class can include lecturing, teacher-led class discussions and student-led group work.

    • Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Self-study:

    • The Arts, Culture and Education module has 268 hours self-guided learning time.

    • The Creative Learning in Arts Organisations module has 280 hours self-guided learning time.

    • The Research Methods module has 278 hours self-guided learning time.

    • The optional modules typically have 280 hours self-guided learning time.

    • The internship module has approximately 294 hours of self-guided learning time, which includes at least 160 hours of work experience.

    The Academic Study Skills Workshop has 10.5 hours of contact time. For the Dissertation module, students receive 9 hours one-to-one dissertation supervision, and are expected to complete 591 hours on it in self-study.

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    Assessment

      Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected and may include essays, oral presentations, research proposals and placement reports. The 60-credit dissertation is assessed with an extended piece of writing of 16,000 words.

      Structure

      Required modules

      You are required to take the following modules:

      Creative Learning in Arts Organisations (30 credits)
      The Arts, Culture & Education (30 credits)
      A combination of modules in Research Methods (30 credits)
      Dissertation (60 credits)

      If you are a part-time student, you will usually complete the Creative Learning in Arts Organisations and the Arts, Culture & Education modules in your first year. In your second year you will take Research Methods, your optional module and the Dissertation.

      Optional modules

      You are required to take one module (worth 30 credits) from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

      Recent Developments in Education Management (30 credits)
      The Social Context of Education (30 credits)
      Internship: Education in Arts & Cultural Settings (30 credits)

      With the approval of the Programme Director, you may take 30 credits of relevant optional modules from another course in place of the 30 credits from the list above. Contact hours and assessment methods may vary for optional credits from outside the course.

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      You will be able to use the skills that you develop over the duration of this course to excel in a variety of Education/Learning-related roles. For example, our graduates have gone on to careers within arts and cultural organisations and to enhance their careers in art education. Others have continued their studies to a higher level.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £4,935 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £19,740 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £9,870 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • Library fees and fines 
      • Personal photocopies 
      • Printing course handouts
      • Society membership fees
      • Stationery
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • Graduation costs

      Funding

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