Arts and Learning at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

This programme gives artists, practitioners, and teachers the opportunity to enrich and consolidate theories of contemporary art and learning. Engage with practice and theory, develop innovative research approaches, and critically debate the changing nature of contemporary art. Why study MA Arts and Learning (MAAL) at Goldsmiths

  • You’ll be taught by staff who are nationally and internationally renowned and published artist researcher teachers.
  • You’ll draw on the international scope of contemporary art practices in London. This degree has partnerships with international galleries including Goldsmiths CCA, the Whitechapel Gallery and Gasworks.
  • The programme places a strong emphasis on student-centred and directed learning. Teaching sessions and personal tutorials will draw on the critical reflection and development of your artist educator practices, including artistic, theoretical, political, and learning and teaching concerns.
  • You’ll be part of a diverse student community, and will have the opportunity to develop and maintain collaborative peer networks and support.
  • Full-time students will be allocated a dedicated studio space at Goldsmiths.
  • You’ll have access to an extensive programme of guest lectures, presentations and projects. In the past, this has included talks from: WochenKlausur, Raju Rage, Erin Manning, John Baldacchino, Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare, Sonia Boyce, Susan Pui San Lok, hosted through our Centre for Arts and Learning (CAL).
  • The MAAL can be a pathway before or after the completion of a UK QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) programme, such as the PGCE (Secondary): Art & Design.


Overview The programme places a strong emphasis on student-centred and directed learning, where teaching sessions and personal tutorials draw on the critical reflection and development of your artist-teacher practices: including artistic, theoretical, political and learning and teaching concerns. The modules of the programme are all underpinned with practice and explore theories of contemporary art, learning and critical and dialectical pedagogical theories and philosophies. You'll attend lectures, seminars, workshops, and tutorials where you'll question the politics, ideas, practices, theory, and philosophy related to the specific topics of contemporary art practice, teaching and learning, identity and place/space construction, dialectical pedagogical theories and practice, social engagement, and research-led practices where you'll be encouraged and expected to critically discuss and debate the issues raised. But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the degree. Independent learning/research (practice with theory) is expected throughout the programme, this typically involves critical reflection and development of your practices as artist-teacher including additional readings, preparing topics for discussion/presentations, working with fellow students, producing essays, artist-positioning statements, research, planning, organising and producing practice-based work and/or projects, curating exhibitions and presentations, both individually and collaboratively. This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be deeply engaged with theory and practice to develop and sustain your ideas and practices as artist-teachers. Structure To enable greater flexibility for you and more equitable experience for full-time and part-time students, the MA Arts and Learning programme has a modular structure, with the majority of teaching sessions usually conducted in the evenings. This also enables part-time and full-time students to attend the same evening teaching sessions and therefore form a collaborative and supportive learning environment. For you to obtain the postgraduate degree of MA Arts and Leaning you will need to complete 180 credits at Masters level. Compulsory modules: Revisiting Practice Spaces of Practice (in association with the Whitechapel, Goldsmiths CCA, and the Gasworks) Critical Pedagogy and Contested Spaces (In association with several small London galleries) Independent Studies (IS) Option modules You then choose either: An approved module offered by another department. A non-compulsory module from the MA Social Justice in Education Please note that due to staff research commitments not all modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

This course utilises a number of complementary assessment strategies. These have been devised to appropriately assess the range of learning outcomes and are underpinned by the ethos of the programme these include, exhibition/presentation/performance, essay, viva voce.

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in an appropriate arts-based area. You should also have experience of working in an educational context, this could be in a formal or informal educational setting ie. a school, college, gallery or community context. Thsi should be included in the personal statement. If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme.

Fees and funding

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Arts and Learning at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS