This 180 credit programme provides a unique opportunity for practising artists and teachers in a performing arts education context to upgrade their teaching qualifications and obtain a Masters qualification in learning and teaching that has been designed to develop teaching skills for the performing arts. The programme has five pathways:
- Pathway 1: 2nd Subject Professional Registration in Dance (GTCS accredited)
- Pathway 2: Career-Long Professional Learning (GTCS accredited)
- Pathway 3: Teaching Artist
- Pathway 4: Teaching Artist in Higher Education (HEA accredited)
- Pathway 5: Initial Teacher Education in Dance (GTCS accredited)
Some funded places are available for Scottish domiciled applicants.
“The MEd has helped shape the way I see my future development as an artist and the importance of engaging in meaningful creative teaching methods.”
Three years part-time
The programme is delivered over a three year period, through a combination of online workshops, distance and independent learning, weekend seminars and work placement or work-based learning.
You will be introduced to and engage in an Arts Education Community of Practice where you will critically examine your own teaching methods informed by reflection and, using a range of relevant theories, viewpoints and models of learning and teaching.
You will advance your skills in teaching and learning in light of new experiences and understandings. Students on pathways one and two will engage in an exploration of practitioner enquiry, looking at practice-based research, effective pedagogies and policies in a schools context. Students on pathways three and four will have the opportunity to apply skills, new insights and understanding to their practice, critically examine their impact on their learners’ experience and obtain feedback both from tutors and peers to inform future professional development and practice.
Alongside continued exploration of your own arts practice, all students undertake a work-based learning and teaching project in their performing arts subject discipline. You will be required to develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance, design and plan learning activities and/ or programmes of study, teach and support learning, and assess and give feedback to learners.
In year three, all students will design their own module learning outcomes, content and assessment modes in order to develop, deliver and evaluate a final project situated within their own professional context. You will work with a professional mentor to help you build your project and on completion of the project you are required to find appropriate ways to disseminate your findings to maximise on the impact of the work within your sector.
- A unique programme designed specifically for performing artists and teachers in the performing arts
- Opportunity to gain a qualification at Masters level
- Personal supervision and mentoring by expert teachers and artists in the performing arts
- Opportunities to develop specialist or new skills in your subject discipline or a related performing arts subject discipline
- Access to unrivalled performing arts education provision, facilities and, resources
- Opportunities for artistic and educational collaboration between teachers and artists
“The teaching artist pathway of the MEd in learning and teaching has allowed me to explore my own potential in an enlightening and positive way. I have developed skills I didn’t know I had as well as developing a new and individual look at my own practice within many different creative contexts. The course has given me the confidence to develop, pitch and produce my own workshops and I am excited by my career prospects.”
“The MEd course has been a meaningful transformative experience for me in terms of my personal growth and artistic development. The bespoke nature of the Med enables you to strategically feed your course work into your current practice or workplace while being offered support to explore, experiment and reflect.”
“As a theatre practitioner in a more rural part of Scotland, the course has been an absolute game-changer for me. I have gone from feeling stuck and isolated to feeling challenged and supported.”
Successful completion of this qualification provides evidence of your commitment to professionalism to learning and teaching. We expect graduates to progress further in their careers, increase their employability and be able to work in a host of different arts settings.
Tuition fees for academic year 2018-19
- UK/EU Students – £3,792
- International (Non-EU) – £3,792
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.
Entrance to RCS 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.
It is not essential that applicants are in a teaching role currently to apply for the programme. However, during the programme applicants will participate in teaching work placements. This can be either in formal or informal education contexts. (e.g. schools, colleges, HEIs, private teaching and/or community, cultural or participatory settings). Applicants who already have teaching work may use existing teaching commitments to fulfil work based elements of the programme.
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.