This part-time blended learning for programme is for individuals teaching arts programmes at Higher Education level (SCQF Levels 7 to 12, or equivalent) who wish to professionally develop their learning, teaching and assessment methods and skills in an arts context.
Part-time study means that you can study the programme alongside and through your existing professional roles. On paper, the study hours nominally equate to around 8-10 hours a week, however as much of the study is situated in your current practice, a great deal of this time is likely to be undertaken as part of your everyday work.
Blended learning means that these programmes are delivered through a blend of face-to-face weekend seminars, online classes and one-to-one tutorials. Over the academic year we have 6 days of face-to-face seminars (delivered over 4 weekends). We have live online classes running approximately every second Thursday evening. All other tutorials are arranged to suit your availability.
The delivery model is designed to create a community of reflective teaching artists who are encouraged to work both collaboratively and independently, share effective practice and provide peer support and evaluation. Face-to-face sessions are built around weekend seminars hosted at the Conservatoire.
Successful applicants are expected to be qualified/experienced to teach in their arts subject discipline and must be working in a university/college or other relevant participatory setting, teaching at SCQF levels 7 or above (or equivalent).
The programme carries 60 SCQF Credits at SCQF Level 11.
The programme is mapped to the UK Professional Standards for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (UKPSF) and accredited by the AdvanceHE. On successful completion of this qualification you will gain a PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education qualification, Fellow recognition with AdvanceHE (FHEA), and will have generated evidence of your commitment to, and professionalism in, learning and teaching in a performing arts discipline(s), leading to increased employability as a teaching artist within a range of HE and FE contexts.
What is most valuable about the programme?
‘The network of people I’ve gained. The invitation to find areas with my specialism that deserve further investigation on a national level. The flexibility and personalisation of the programme.’
‘The PG Cert facilitated a radical shift in my perspective in terms of learning, life and work and I found a new sense of professional identity and empowerment.’
In the first module, ‘Approaches to Critical Artistry’, you will develop critical and scholarly reflection by critically exploring your learning priorities as both an artist and teacher.
In the ‘Teaching Artist’ module, you will have the opportunity to critically explore your practice in light of the policies and learning theories that are relevant to your teaching in the Higher Education sector. You will deliver and evaluate two short teaching sessions designed to meet the needs of your learners.
Year one and two
In ‘Project (PG Cert)’ you will design, deliver and evaluate a practice-based research project that will enhance the development of identified learners working at SCQF level 7 or above in your performing arts context.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is in the World Top 10 for performing arts education 2016, 2017 and 2018 (QS World Rankings)
The programme is designed specifically for individuals teaching arts subjects at Higher Education level in a range of contexts including Conservatoires, small specialised HE arts institutions, Colleges and Further Education and across a range of participatory settings.
The programme is mapped to the UK Professional Standards for learning and teaching in Higher Education (UKPSF). Successful completion demonstrates that your practice is aligned to UKPSF. The programme is accredited by the HE Academy and can lead to attainment of Associate Fellow or Fellow status. Successful achievement will entitle you to use post nominal letters (AFHEA or FHEA).
The PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education is designed for individuals who are already employed in a Higher or Further education context. As such, the focus of the pathway is on enhancing current practice and on helping students to build an evidence base to demonstrate their significant investment in their own development as teaching artists. For students on this pathway, the emphasis is on demonstrating that their teaching practice is informed by a full and demonstrable engagement with the UK Professional Standards Framework. Successful graduates of this pathway will gain Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy as part of the AdvanceHE accreditation of the modules of this pathway. Whilst HEA Fellow status is not mandatory within the sector, it is increasingly being seen as a a highly desirable professional recognition to have achieved, enhancing graduate opportunities within the Higher Education sector across the UK and beyond. Many of our graduates on this pathway have gone on to secure positions within the Conservatoire and University sector as a consequence of their investment in their subject discipline and teaching practice. The Project (PG Cert) module provides an opportunity to design, develop and evaluate a piece of work to enhance the learning experience within your professional context. Disseminating this work within relevant professional networks provides opportunities to demonstrate leadership and innovation, further enhancing opportunities for professional advancement. Achieving the qualification could help you to for example:
Secure full-time teaching posts in Higher Education in both the College (FE) and HE Sectors
Apply for promoted/senior posts in teaching in Higher Education in both the College (FE) and HE Sectors
Tuition fees for academic year 2019-20
- UK/EU Students – £3,984
- International (Non-EU) – £3,984
New Scottish and EU domiciled students may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan. All eligible students will be able to apply directly to Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a non-means tested loan of up to £3,400. See the SAAS website for further details of the PSAS scheme.
Scottish domiciled postgraduate students on eligible courses can also apply for a Postgraduate Living Cost Loan up to £4,500 towards living expenses. This is in addition to the existing loan available towards the cost of their tuition fees.
Any potential student who auditions for a place at the Royal Conservatoire will automatically be considered for a scholarship. They are awarded on a combination of talent, potential and financial need. More information about Scholarships is available here
Sources of external funding
For more information about alternative funding sources, including external scholarships and bursaries, please visit here.
The Conservatoire’s International and Student Experience team are available to advise and assist applicants and current students in respect of queries about funding your studies at the Conservatoire. Please email or telephone +44 (0)141 270 8281/ +44 (0)141 270 8223 for further information.
Applicants are expected to be working in a Higher Education context (e.g. FE College or Higher Education Institution) either full-time or part-time in an arts lecturing or teaching role where they are teaching at SCQF level 7 or above (or equivalent for other UK or International applicants).
Applicants are expected to have a good degree, or its overseas equivalent, in an arts subject area relevant to the demands of the programme.
Applicants may be admitted to the programme whose qualifications do not match (in terms of equivalence) or fall short of the normal entrance requirements, but who can clearly satisfy the selection criteria for the programme and indicate they have the capacity to pursue the programme. In considering applications, the selection panel will be looking for evidence that the applicant:
- Is teaching and supporting learners in a HE Context (SCQF Level 7 or above (or equivalent).
- Has a sufficient amount of teaching to undertake the practical work in the Programme.
- Demonstrates commitment to initial or continuing professional development in teaching and supporting learners.
- Exhibits the professional values for teaching and supporting learners in an HE Context.
- Understands and demonstrates ability to commit the time needed to participate fully in the Programme.
- Has the support of their line manager/ employer to undertake and complete the Programme.
International English Language Testing System Score (IELTS) (if applicable). Level 7.5 with a minimum score of 7.5 in speaking.
Students on this pathway will study the following modules:
Approaches to Critical Artistry (10 credits) – this module is delivered in year 1 and is designed to introduce key principles of critical reflection, scholarship and academic practices and culminates in a personal learning plan
Teaching Artist (20 credits) – this module is delivered in year 1 and is designed to allow you to explore and enhance your teaching practice through the development of learning experiences that are appropriate to your learners’ needs, level and context. You will design, deliver and evaluate two observed sessions for your learners that have been designed around relevant guidelines and learning theories.
Project (PG Cert) (30 credits) – this module begins in year 1 and completes in year 2 and provides an opportunity for you to develop, deliver and evaluate a practice-based research project within your teaching context. Within this module you will design an intervention designed to enhance the learning experience for your pupils, and then to use feedback data to evidence the success of your project and highlight priorities for ongoing development.
These modules have been accredited by AdvanceHE and as such your study on these modules provide an opportunity to demonstrate that you are working to Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework and are eligible for Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.