MA Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MA Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

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 masters-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

Course details

The taught element of this course takes approximately two years to complete and is followed by an eight-month dissertation period.

The course comprises four 30-credit core modules, followed by 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.


Each 30-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 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 related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)

If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply on entry for exemption for credit requirements of the course.


The MA Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning has four modules and your Dissertation/Portfolio will run through the year every year.

  • Literacies and Learning in and out of School
  • Reading, Writing, Texts and Authors
  • Dramas, Performances and Learning
  • Creativity, Places and Spaces
  • Dissertation/Portfolio Presentation

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary and secondary school teachers and vocational and industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study and study for professional development within their chosen career.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 91% of postgraduates in the School of Education who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.*

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 (or international equivalent) and/or a relevant professional qualification
  • Applicants should have experience of working as a teacher or as educator within a school or community-based settings
  • IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element); if these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 16, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 25, 2017
2 years
Part time
6,525 GBP
United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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International fees: 15,885 GBP (HEU fees: 6,525 GBP)