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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

MEd Learning and Teaching in the Arts - 3 years (Taught)

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Course summary

As a participant on this programme you will join a vibrant and diverse community sharing in a journey of professional enquiry designed to enhance your practice as an arts educator. This part-time 180-credit programme provides a unique opportunity for arts educators to upgrade their teaching qualifications and obtain a Masters qualification that has been designed to develop teaching skills for the arts. It is delivered on a part-time basis through a blended learning model, which includes a mix of face-to-face sessions, online sessions, one-to-one tutorials and independent study (distance students can study the programme fully online, accessing the face-to-face sessions through a video conferencing platform). The programme is designed to allow arts education professionals to integrate their studies within their professional teaching contexts. The process of professional enquiry that underpins all modules requires students to engage in a sustained critical analysis of their teaching and arts practice in order to identify and address their own developmental priorities at each stage. The programme culminates in a self-designed, self-generated, major-scale project that is intended to help students make a significant contribution to their learners and their professional sector. As such, we are looking for individuals who are ready to engage their creativity in developing and evolving innovative approaches to their practice as arts educators. The programme is designed to appeal to individuals who have a role as an arts educator within a formal education context such as a: GTCS registered primary teacher* GTCS registered secondary teacher* Further Education lecturer/tutor* Higher Education lecturer/tutor* Visiting Guest Tutor in a school Instrumental Music Instructor Teacher in an International School Lecturer/tutor in an International Higher Education context** Early Years educator Or within a UK or International informal context, such as a: Community Arts Tutor Participatory Arts Tutor Private Tutor Dance Tutor/Teacher Tutor in a pre-HE organisation Freelance Teaching Artist For all participants, the programme can be used to develop knowledge and skills as an arts educator and to build an evidence-base to demonstrate commitment to their professional learning in designing and delivering learning activities. Professional Recognition *GTCS registered teachers who have a remit for an arts subject within their school teaching context can use this programme to build evidence of their commitment to their professional learning as an arts educator. We include the following within our definition of an ‘arts subject’: music, dance, drama and art and design. The programme is accredited by the GTCS, and upon completion of the programme, students can apply to gain Professional Recognition with the GTCS (pending award). The programme can also be used to build credit towards an application for 2nd Subject Registration in dance, drama, music or art and design. AdvanceHE and HEA Fellowship **For lecturers/tutors working in a further or higher education context with learners at SCQF Level 7 or above (or equivalent), this programme leads to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Applicants who have a role as an arts educator within a formal or informal context where Gaelic is the main language can use this programme to develop their knowledge and skills as an arts educator and to build an evidence-base to demonstrate their commitment to their professional learning as an arts educator working with Gaelic. For students working with Gaelic in a further or higher education context with learners at SCQF Level 7 or above (or equivalent), this programme can lead to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. For more information on the course and the pathways, please see our website - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/postgraduate/med-learning-teaching/

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.

Instrument/specialisms

For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Learning and Teaching

Modules

In year one you will study the following modules: Teaching the Arts This is a 30-credit module designed to help you to build an evidence-base to support a critical evaluation of your teaching practices. Having articulated the philosophies, principles and values that underpin your current teaching practice, you will design, deliver and evaluate learning activities, demonstrating how your teaching is underpinned by appropriate and current policies and learning theories, and use feedback from peers and your learners to inform your ongoing development priorities. Arts Context and Culture This is a 30-credit module that will engage you in building an evidence-base to demonstrate a critical understanding of your art form. Having articulated the philosophies, principles and values that support your understanding of your arts discipline, your will engage in an enquiry of the social, political, cultural and economic factors that define the context in which it operates. Through this module, you will gain an understanding of how to build a plan for your own development that is built on a robust foundation of relevant literature, resources and discourses in your artform. In Year 2 you will study the following modules: The Teacher as Researcher In this 30-credit module for all students, you will focus on the development of a practice-based research project that will help you explore new and innovating ways in which you might meet the identified needs of your learners. In this module you will explore the impact of your new innovative practices through the ethical use of research data and objective critical analysis, informing your ongoing development as an arts educator. Artist Development In this 30-credit module for all students who are not working in a Gaelic-speaking educational context, you will undertake an exploration into your professional arts practice, targeting gaps in your knowledge, your skills understanding of your specific art form. In this self-directed module you will explore a range of self-identified contexts and partnerships to discover and evaluate your learning experiences. At the end of the module you will critically evaluate your experiences in relation to your teaching practices and your ongoing development priorities. OR Gaelic Artist Development In this 30-credit module for all Gaelic speaking students you will undertake an exploration into your professional Gaelic arts practice, targeting gaps in your knowledge, your skills understanding of your specific art form and of your knowledge of Gaelic culture and level of Gaelic literacy. In this self-directed module you will explore a range of self-identified contexts and partnerships to discover and evaluate your learning experiences. At the end of the module you will critically evaluate your experiences in relation to your teaching practices and your ongoing development priorities. In year 3, the focus changes towards an enquiry that is designed to have a significant impact on your learners and the context within which you work. Final Project This 60-credit module is for all students and is designed to provide an opportunity for you to design a unique module of study for yourself that will help you address an established gap in the provision for your learners, and to help you meet your own professional learning priorities. The focus of year three is on the development of a project that brings together the findings from your Arts Practice Enquiry and your Teaching Practice Enquiry. This project is expected to have an impact on your learners at a local level, but may have a broader application and may impact your sector more widely.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Currently around 20% of our students come from outside the UK. Between them, they represent over 64 different nationalities and add a rich diversity to the Conservatoire. International applications are welcome to this programme and online interviews can be arranged.


Entry requirements

Entrance to the Conservatoire is based on talent, potential and ability, therefore consideration will be given to relevant experience which is deemed to compensate for any traditional education. We accept a wide range of qualification, including international qualifications, but would recommend that applicants have a good degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a performing arts subject area relevant to the programme and/or hold a teaching qualification at undergraduate level. International English Language Testing System score (IELTS) (if applicable) Level 7.5 with a minimum score of 7.5 in speaking and with a minimum score of 5.5 in all parts.

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Please refer to our Guide for Applicants for what to prepare for audition - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/how-to-apply/


Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Online£55£55

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
OnlineNot available at this location

Additional information

For futher information on what to prepare for the interview, please see our website - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/postgraduate/med-learning-teaching/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4188 Year 1
Scotland £4188 Year 1
Wales £4188 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4188 Year 1
EU £4188 Year 1
International £4188 Year 1

Additional fee information

Funded places may be available for Scottish domiciled applicants to the MEd Learning and Teaching in the Arts. For more information on fees and funding, please see our website - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/apply/finance/feesandfunding/
MEd Learning and Teaching in the Arts - 3 years at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS