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Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Arts Education

Introduction

This programme is for artists interested in developing knowledge and skills in learning and teaching as part of their professional development or to enhance opportunities to work either formally or informally as a teaching artist. The programme is delivered part-time, over a 16 month period, using a blend of face-to-face, online and work-based methods. 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. Alternatively, the programme can be completed with relevant credit-rated short courses (further information can be found at rcs.ac.uk/lifelonglearning).

Successful applicants are expected to be qualified/experienced to teach in their arts subject discipline and must be working either part-time or full-time as a teaching artist or have access to work placement to undertake practical elements of the programme. Assistance can be provided to help applicants secure relevant work placements however. The programme carries 60 SCQF Credits at SCQF Level 11.

On successful completion, participants can use the credits accumulated to progress to other postgraduate learning and teaching programmes offered by the Conservatoire.

What do participants say?

“The experience studying in the PG Cert programme at the RCS has been possibly one of the best things I have done. It has transformed my own perception of my own learning and therefore my teaching. I want to continue to strive for excellence for both myself and my students. I can see how this transformation can positively impact people.”

Introduction

This programme is for artists interested in developing knowledge and skills in learning and teaching as part of their professional development or to enhance opportunities to work either formally or informally as a teaching artist. The programme is delivered part-time, over a 16 month period, using a blend of face-to-face, online and work-based methods. 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. Alternatively, the programme can be completed with relevant credit-rated short courses (further information can be found at rcs.ac.uk/lifelonglearning).

Successful applicants are expected to be qualified/experienced to teach in their arts subject discipline and must be working either part-time or full-time as a teaching artist or have access to work placement to undertake practical elements of the programme. Assistance can be provided to help applicants secure relevant work placements however. The programme carries 60 SCQF Credits at SCQF Level 11.

On successful completion, participants can use the credits accumulated to progress to other postgraduate learning and teaching programmes offered by the Conservatoire.

What do participants say?

“The experience studying in the PG Cert programme at the RCS has been possibly one of the best things I have done. It has transformed my own perception of my own learning and therefore my teaching. I want to continue to strive for excellence for both myself and my students. I can see how this transformation can positively impact people.”

Programme Outline

Over the duration of the programme you will engage in three modules of study:

Year one

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 context. You will deliver and evaluate two short teaching sessions designed to meet the needs of your learners.

Years 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 in your performing arts context.

Staff and masterclasses

Head of Programme: Jamie Mackay

Dr Rachel Drury, Lecturer (Post 16 and Community based Arts Education)

Dr. Jill Morgan, Lecturer (Early Years to Senior Phase)

Mary Troup, Lecturer

How to apply

We believe we are the elite in the excellence of our training, but we also believe there is no barrier to talent. Wherever you are in the world, if you feel you have the necessary talent, dedication and ambition, we encourage you to apply.

Applications are made directly to the Conservatoire for 2014/15 entry. Please email registry@rcs.ac.uk to request an application pack. The closing date for applications is 31 July 2015.

 

Student Showcase

Why choose us?

The programme is designed specifically for artists who either have as part of their professional lives, a teaching commitment either in an arts education context, community context or participatory setting context or aspire to be teaching artists

The programme is designed to enable participants to engage with and contribute to a teaching artist community and use it to learn from and inform and evolve their teaching practice Credits towards the named award can be accumulated through participation in relevant credit-rated short courses in teaching (further information can be found at rcs.ac.uk/shortcourses)

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to be either working as a teaching artist, full-time or part-time in a formal or informal education context (e.g. as a private teacher, in an educational institution, in a cultural setting in a community setting or participatory setting) or able to secure a suitable amount of work placement as a teaching artist in an education context (as detailed above).

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 support learners in a formal or informal educational context, or community or participatory setting.
  • Has sufficient teaching levels to undertake the practical work in the programme.
  • For those artists currently not in a teaching role, that the applicant has considered ways of gaining work placement/experience to allow them to complete the practical teaching aspects of the programme.
  • Demonstrates commitment to initial or continuing professional development in teaching and supporting learners.
  • Understands and demonstrates ability to commit the time needed to participate fully in the programme.
  • Has the support of their line manager/ employer (where appropriate) 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.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for academic year 2015-16

  • UK/EU Students – £3,672
  • International (Non EU) – £7,344

Scottish/EU students

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 following website for further details of the PSAS scheme:

http://www.saas.gov.uk/full_time/pg/index.htm

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.

Scholarships

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.

Graduate destinations

Successful completion of this programme provides evidence of your commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning. As a result, achieving the qualification could help you to, for example:

  • Secure part-time/full-time teaching posts in post-16 education
  • Secure part-time/full-time and/or project based teaching work in a host of different arts settings including cultural, community and other participatory settings