Who is this pathway for?
For Teaching Artists working within a Higher Education context or with learners at SCQF level 7 and above, this pathway provides a Masters level qualification in learning and teaching that is accredited by the Higher Education Academy. The pathway provides opportunities to explore your own arts practice and to develop the specialist knowledge and skills required to successfully teach a performing arts discipline(s) within your own unique context. With bespoke support from a range of educational and subject specialists, you will have the opportunity to build an evidence base to demonstrate your engagement with learning and teaching theories, practices and policies in the design, delivery and evaluation of learning experiences in your professional context.
What does this pathway lead to?
On successful completion of this pathway you will gain a MEd in Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts qualification, professional recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and will have gathered significant evidence of your commitment to professionalism to learning and teaching in a performing arts discipline(s), leading to increased employability within the Higher and Further Education sectors.
What do participants say?
‘The MEd has really helped me to reflect in a much deeper way about my teaching, it has challenged me to try out new approaches and enabled me the chance to develop in areas I have felt were weaker. I have always felt supported and encouraged by the staff team and fellow students and the weekend sessions are inspiring!’
‘A year ago I attended an International symposium as part of my MEd research. This year I’m presenting at it!’
What would I study and when?
Over the duration of the programme you will engage in five modules of study:
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.
Years one and two
Spanning years 1 and 2, ‘Context and Culture’ provides significant opportunities to explore your performing arts discipline(s) over a series of self-directed learning experiences. Your subject mentor will support you in identifying the experiences that will address your learning needs, such as professional placements, projects, masterclasses, or RCS choice modules.
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.
In the ‘Final Project’ module you will design your own project to meet your educational needs and professional aspirations. This project can take a number of different forms including but not limited to: curriculum documentation, a strategic plan, a dissertation, a performance, workshops or the design and delivery of new dance classes. This self-generated project might involve creative and collaborative partnership, or be a solo project. You must design a mechanism for disseminating your project findings.
How would I study this pathway?
The programme is delivered part-time over a three year period, through a combination of online workshops, weekend seminars, independent learning, and work-based learning within your own professional context. From the outset, you will engage in a multidisciplinary arts education community of practice with students across all of the PG Learning and Teaching programmes, and, within your specific pathway, you will join an Action Learning Set to share in targeted peer support. A personal supervisor will work with you throughout your studies and you will engage with a subject mentor and professional mentor as you progress through the programme.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is in the World Top 5 for performing arts education
- We offer a rich and multidisciplinary community of practice
- A unique programme designed specifically for performing artists and teachers
- The opportunity to gain a teaching 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
- Access to unrivalled performing arts education provision, facilities, resources and expertise
- Opportunities for artistic and educational collaboration between teachers and artists
With HEA fellow status, pathway 4 graduates will increase their employability within the HE sector.
Some funding is available for Scottish-domiciled applicants for this programme and can be applied for on the offer of a place.