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Creative Education MA


Part-time, over 2 years, online

Our MA in Creative Education is a two-year top-up qualification* that will enable you to develop expertise in the field of teaching and learning through critical evaluation of research and pedagogical practices.

*Building on your previous study of a related Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) or attainment of Advance HE Fellowship (Descriptor 2)

Our MA Creative Education offers a comprehensive understanding of the contemporary landscape of creative Higher Education (HE). This course supports you to develop your knowledge of relevant pedagogies, integrate educational theory with your teaching practice and gain new insights into creative education, your own specialist subject, and the broader realm of Higher Education. The course equips you with the skills you need to apply your learning to your teaching practice; making the learning experience directly relevant to your career goals.

The MA Creative Education is designed to advance your skills as an independent learner, with a strong emphasis on providing the necessary support and guidance for your professional development. We will support you to manage and plan your independent study time as you become an increasingly autonomous learner/practitioner. This ensures that you feel reassured and confident in your learning journey.

Course delivery

The MA Creative Education programme is delivered entirely online, featuring a combination of synchronous group sessions using Microsoft Teams. Sessions take place in the early evening on a set day of the week during term time from September to August. Group sessions are interspersed with individual online tutorials and independent study time. All students have access to resources on the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and library website. This highly interactive learning model accommodates a variety of learning styles and is designed to build on your existing professional and life experiences. You will be taught by active educators, practitioners, and researchers with expertise in creative education.

Course Structure

The MA Creative Education comprises five related, but independent 20-credit units at level 7 (M-level), plus a 40-credit research project in the final year. Units are delivered and assessed over a series of teaching blocks and consist of a total of 600 learning hours per year: 200 for each 20-credit unit and 400 for the final dissertation.

Course Content

Year 1

Year 2

Careers Information

Gaining a Master’s in Creative Education will open up a wide range of career opportunities in the field of education and arts education, including senior academic roles, coaching and mentoring, or educational positions within the gallery sector. You may also wish to continue your studies through the completion of a PhD.

Career opportunities

  • Doctoral study
  • Subject specialist tutor
  • Curriculum designer
  • Educational researcher
  • Senior fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

You’ll also get specialist creative careers advice from our Business and Employability Team to help support you as you plan your career.

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Entry Requirements:

Our MA Creative Education is a two-year top-up Level 7 award that is designed specifically to build on your previous study of a related Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), or attainment of Advance HE Fellowship (Descriptor 2).

Successful applicants will already have attained key pedagogic skills and experiences. The MA Creative Education will build on these to explore the wider landscape of contemporary learning and teaching.

Portfolio guidance

Show us your best stuff. Tell us what you still want to achieve. Your portfolio is your chance to paint a picture of where an MA at Norwich could take you.

You should aim to bring about six pieces of work that demonstrate your learning, progress and creativity. The interview panel will be interested in seeing sketchbooks, notebooks, publications, catalogues, blogs or websites that relate to your practice.

We know that for some people an MA application is a change in direction and some work may only be in a developmental stage. We also know that for those in the final year of undergraduate study completed Major Projects may be unavailable or unfinished, in which case we welcome representative images of work in progress.

You can choose to bring original work with you or show a digital portfolio using your own device and on a USB drive, DVD, social media platform or through website platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, Prezi, Behance, Dropbox, personal websites or blogs. If you choose to present your portfolio digitally please notify us in advance of your interview. If you wish to submit a digital portfolio ahead of your interview we can only accept PDF documents or website links by email.

Tips on preparing your portfolio:

  • Your portfolio should be presented in a logical and ordered manner
  • It’s important to include a range of creative work that demonstrates your compatibility with the MA course you have applied for
  • The interview panel will be interested in seeing sketchbooks and notebooks as well as finished work
  • Physical examples of practice (printed matter, objects, painting, sculpture etc.) are acceptable at interview, but larger pieces of work should be shown as photographs or digital submission
  • Film, video and animation work should be 2-5 minutes long
  • Include any links to relevant websites or blogs that contain your work
  • Your application includes a 500 word written statement, but you might wish to include other examples of your written work (for example an undergraduate essay or a research report) that relates to your chosen subject
  • International applicants interviewing by Skype should submit a digital portfolio (see above) in advance and/or supply URLs to digital portfolios or online blogs that showcase your practice.

2024/25 University fees for new entrants

Norwich University of the Arts will assess students’ tuition fee status using the guidance provided by the UK Council for International Student Affairs

Our MA in Creative Education course costs £3,000 per year.

Inflation in subsequent years

For Home and overseas postgraduate degree students starting in 2024, fees will remain the same for each year of your course.

Financial support for UK students in 2024

Some students may be eligible for non-repayable Norwich University of the Arts bursaries based on family income. Find out more about applying for funding.

International students

We offer a range of scholarships for international students to support your studies with us.

How to apply

Applications to our postgraduate courses should be made directly to Norwich University of the Arts using a Postgraduate Application Form.

Postgraduate Application form 2023-24 – Word format

Applications should be returned to

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When should I apply for an MA course?

There is no official deadline for applying for a postgraduate course. We would recommend you apply by 25 August (at the very latest) of the autumn you wish to start. This will allow time for your interview to take place and the necessary paperwork to be processed if you are successful in achieving a place. International students requiring a visa should apply as soon as possible in the year they wish to start. Email our International Team for more information.

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