MA Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning
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.
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.
"I feel like the course was made for me! It's brilliant and I'm grateful to my tutor for encouraging me to do it. I would never have had this opportunity if I was not part of the University though Teach First.
The MA is transforming my practice and enabling me to be more of the creative teacher that I aspired to be and the whole reason I joined the teaching profession in the first place. As a result, my students are receiving better teaching and their learning is more rounded and creative."
Teach First graduate progressing to MA study
This course starts in September and is available for part-time study. The taught element takes approximately two years, followed by an eight-month dissertation period. The course comprises four 30-credit core modules, followed by a a 60-credit dissertation. There are also Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma exit points.
You will take two modules each year, which run on a rotating basis. The dissertation module runs each year. Teaching takes place in evening sessions.
If you are a PGCE graduate with 60 masters level credits, you will have the option to select two out of the four modules.
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 in 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 pass with Merit on a preparation course at the Centre for English Language Education, University of Nottingham
*Please note IELTS test scores have a shelf life of two years. You are required to have a current and valid IELTS test score for entry to this course.
How to apply
Please go to the University's How to Apply webpages for further information.
To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following deadline applies:
|Mode of study||Students||Start date||Application deadline|
|Part-time||Home/EU and international||26 September 2016||1 September|
|Reading, Writing, Texts and Authors||Spring - evening||-|
|Literacies and Learning in and out of School||Autumn - evening||-|
|Creativity, Places and Spaces||-||Spring - evening|
|Dramas and Performances||-||Autumn - evening|
|Portfolio/Dissertation will run through the year every year|
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Last updated September 12, 2016