Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning MA

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning MA

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning MA

This is a unique and innovative programme that explores creative practice, meaning-making and learning in and out of school. You will learn about the meanings of literacy and creativity in the context of an increasingly socially diverse, digitally mediated and multimodal culture. We will be examining learning in different locations, both in and out of school. We will think about what counts as text and literacy, the nature of authorship, and the kinds of cultural practices that take place in different places and spaces.

The MA Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning is aimed at:

primary and secondary teachers with interests in literacy, English studies, media, drama and creative arts arts and creative practitioners with an interest in learning and education recently qualified teachers with an M-level PGCE, who subject to approval may be able to carry over 60 M-level credits

The course will be taught by a team who have recognised expertise in teaching and research into creative practice and creative pedagogies, literacies and media production. They have strong links with national and local arts organisations, educational facilities and schools and will draw on these for outside speakers and workshop leaders.

Innovative Features

As well as developing academic and intellectual skills, the programme will develop practical skills including the promotion of creative approaches to pedagogy. The course will offer opportunities for you to develop your own creative capacities both as individuals and through collaboration, producing texts appropriate to different contexts of practice and using various media.

Opportunities for practice-based placements in schools and/or community-based projects will be available.

Approaches to assessment will encourage the submission of practice-based portfolios alongside more traditional, academic essay-based approaches.

As well as appealing to a wider constituency, the programme is designed as a subject-based route of progression for former PGCE students in English studies and the arts holding up to 60 M-level credits.

Course details

The course starts in September and can be completed over two years part-time.

The course comprises four 30-credit core modules, followed by a a 60-credit dissertation. There are also Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma exit points.

All four taught modules will run each year, with each module alternating between daytime and evening sessions in alternate years.

If you are a PGCE graduate with 60 Masters level credits, you will have the option to select two out of the four modules.

Entry Requirements

You would normally be expected to hold an honours degree at 2:2 level or above, or its international equivalent and have had experience of working as teachers in schools, or as educators in less formal arts of community-based settings, for example, in arts organisations, community literacy projects, in the production and distribution of texts in traditional and new media or in arts-based therapies.

Applicants with qualifications other than a first degree who have an approved professional qualification, or those with non-standard applications, will be considered on an individual basis.

  • If your first language is not English, you must achieve either:
  • an overall score on the IELTS test of at least 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element
  • a Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Score of 67 (minimum 62)


Each 30-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 5,000-6,000 words. To complete the Masters programme successfully, a pass of 50 must be achieved on each assignment.

The dissertation is an original piece of work and should be of 12,000-15,000 words (or their equivalent) related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 14, 2015
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2 years
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Start date Aug. 2016
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
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