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Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education

Introduction

This 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. The programme is mapped to the UK Professional Standards for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (UKPSF) and accredited by the Higher Education Academy. As a result, successful completion of the programme can lead to professional accreditation by the Higher Education Academy and attainment of Associate Fellow or Fellow status.

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.

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.

On successful completion of this qualification you will gain a PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Arts Education qualification, Fellow recognition with the Higher Education Academy, 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.

‘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.’

Introduction

This 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. The programme is mapped to the UK Professional Standards for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (UKPSF) and accredited by the Higher Education Academy. As a result, successful completion of the programme can lead to professional accreditation by the Higher Education Academy and attainment of Associate Fellow or Fellow status.

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.

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.

On successful completion of this qualification you will gain a PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Arts Education qualification, Fellow recognition with the Higher Education Academy, 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.

‘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.’

Programme Outline

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 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.

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Why choose us?

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).

Entry requirements

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.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for academic year 2017-18

  • UK/EU Students – £3,690

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 provides evidence of your commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education. Higher Education Academy accreditation is a portable asset, which has UK-wide relevance and is increasingly recognised by Higher and Further Education institutions. As a result, 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