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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 at one of the world’s leading arts organisations, and learn from leading academics in education research. The course is jointly taught by the Learning and Participation Department at Southbank Centre and the School of Education, Communication & Society at King’s.

Learning and participation are central and you will be taught by leading academics in education research. If you currently work, or if you aspire to work, in education, learning and participation in arts and cultural organisations and related sectors, then our course is ideal for you. You will be encouraged to develop your academic research skills to become reflexive educators in arts and cultural settings.

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Key benefits

  • A unique collaboration between King’s College London and the Southbank Centre.

  • Access to the expertise of both institutions.

  • Innovative course for current and aspiring educators in arts and culture.

  • An opportunity to undertake an internship in an appropriate environment.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 20

Course leaders

Dr Anwar Tlili

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department School of Education, Communication & Society



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Course detail


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.

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Course format and assessment


Taught modules:

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

  • The Learning, Participation & the Southbank Centre 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.


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

  • The Learning, Participation & the Southbank Centre 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 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.

Contact hours and assessment methods may vary for students taking 30-40 optional credits from outside the course.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo Campus and Southbank Centre. If students opt for the internship module they will also complete a placement in an arts/cultural organisation. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional module you select. 


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will  take modules totalling 180-190 credits.

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 this course page for updates.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

If you are a part-time student, you will usually complete the Creative Learning at Southbank Centre 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:

With the approval of the Programme Director, you may take 30 credits of relevant optional modules from another course in place of 30 credits from the list above.

Entry requirements & how to apply

EACS Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements   2:1

A 2:1 Honours degree or an equivalent qualification in an area relevant to culture or education. Lower undergraduate grades will be considered in exceptional circumstances, and only when combined with work experience in the cultural sector.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Applications will be considered by the Programme Director and one other member of staff. We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Education in arts checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). Please give your reasons for choosing to study at master's level and for choosing this programme in particular together with an explanation of what you hope to gain from the programme.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021
Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.


Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £9,240 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £18,780 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £4,620 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,390 per year (2021/22)

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


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 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

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

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.

Career destinations

Education/Learning-related roles within arts and cultural organisations; career enhancement in art education; further studies.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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