Teaching Artist in Higher Education – Professional Learning Opportunities
If you currently have a responsibility for teaching and/or facilitating learning within a Higher Education context, we have a number of part-time, blended learning programmes that may be of interest to you.
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 12-14 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.
“I would never have been able to have taken the time out otherwise to gain this qualification so it enables a huge opportunity to develop my practice.”
These programmes are designed to offer maximum flexibility allowing each student to personalise the learning to suit their unique context. All work on the programme will directly relate to your professional role and will help you:
- to address existing gaps in the provision
- to enhance your teaching practice
- to build an evidence base to demonstrate your commitment to your own professional learning as an arts educator
- gain HEA Fellow status
The following programmes of study are set at masters level (SCQF Level 11) and are designed to be studied alongside and through your existing professional roles.
This part-time 180 credit programme provides a unique opportunity for Teaching Artists in a Higher 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 is delivered over three years through a blend of face-to-face weekend seminars, online classes and one-to-one tutorials. This pathway has three main constituent parts:
- Core Learning and Teaching modules (mapped to the UKPSF)
- Subject Discipline Exploration
- Final year self-defined Project
Funded places may be available for Scottish domiciled applicants.
Successful graduates of this pathway will also receive the award of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy from AdvanceHE and be entitled to use the title FHEA after their name.
This part-time 60 credit programme provides a unique opportunity for Teaching Artists in a Higher Education context to upgrade their teaching qualifications and obtain a PG Cert qualification in learning and teaching that has been designed to develop teaching skills for the performing arts. The programme is delivered over 17 months through a blend of face-to-face weekend seminars, online classes and one-to-one tutorials. Students on this programme study alongside students on the MEd Learning and Teaching programme on the following:
- Core Learning and Teaching modules (mapped to the UKPSF)
Successful graduates of this programme will also receive the award of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy from AdvanceHE and be entitled to use the title FHEA after their name.
Who studies on these programmes?
We define Teaching Artists in Higher Education as individuals who have some responsibility for the design and delivery of educational experiences for learners working at SCQF Level 7 or above.
As such we currently have students on these programmes who work in the following contexts:
- Arts organisation with HE partner
- Further Education college
Teaching Artists on these programmes typically have an undergraduate arts qualification in one of the following discipline areas:
- Dance (e.g. contemporary, ballet, highland, jazz)
- Drama (e.g. acting, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting)
- Musical Theatre
- Contemporary Performance (e.g. devised theatre)
- Music (e.g. classical, jazz, traditional, contemporary, world, pop, rock, composition)
- Film (e.g. screenwriting, directing, cinematography)
- Production (e.g. set and costume design, scenic art, sound design, production management, costume making, stage management)
- Visual Art (e.g. painting, sculpture, design)
Eligibility for this pathway is determined by the degree to which you work with learners at SCQF Level 7 or International equivalent. This would include the following qualifications:
- Undergraduate Degree/Hons
- Postgraduate Degree
If you have any questions about any of our part-time postgraduate programmes in learning and teaching, please contact Jamie Mackay on firstname.lastname@example.org
Funded places may be available for Scottish domiciled applicants to the MEd Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts.
For all other students the following fees apply:
Tuition fees for academic year 2018-19
- UK/EU Students – £3,792
- International (Non-EU) – £3,792
Whilst students studying on a PG Cert in Learning and Teaching will study for 17 months they will only be required to pay one year of tuition as the fee is based on the number of credits studied, rather than duration.
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.
Application process for MEd
You need to submit your application for the MEd online through UCAS Conservatoires, using institutional code R58 and programme code 310P.
The interview is designed to provide the programme team with an insight into your level of suitability for study on the programme.
The interview will comprise two parts:
- Short presentation (no more than 10 minutes)
- Interview (20 minutes)
Your presentation will focus on your ideas for the ‘Final Project’ module of the programme which enables you to design and undertake a substantial project that will synthesise your personal understanding of your learning and teaching philosophy and practice and your professional arts and education practice into one cohesive piece of work.
You are invited to share some initial ideas for how you might use this project. For example, you may choose to focus on investigating:
- Gaps in the existing provision of learning within your specialist profession
- Opportunities within your specialist area that you could engage with
- Areas of your specialist area that you believe would benefit from further research
- Ways in which you might use this final module to address gaps in your own development
You will be requested to provide some evidence to support your initial proposals, drawing on published journal articles, books or other key sources and be prepared to provide some critical analysis of these in light of your project ideas.
Following your presentation, there will be a 20-minute discussion about your presentation and application with the Head of Programme and a member of the delivery team. This will be used to explore your educational background, experience, opportunities and aspirations and you will be invited to address the following questions:
1. What has led you to apply for this programme?
2. How do you see this programme contributing to your professional development?
3. What opportunities will you have to work with learners during the programme?
The decision to offer you a place on the programme will be based on both your application and the interview.
This will be communicated to within two weeks of your interview.
Application process for PG Cert
What is most valuable about your studies?
The opportunity to interrogate my own practice in-depth and to question my own methods for doing things through critical reflection. Networking with fellow students who are artists in their own right in a range of fields provided new perspectives and ‘joined up’ thinking in terms of my students’ journeys from early years, to school and on to the level I meet them. Supportive staff who ask the right questions!
Bountiful opportunities to challenge and evolve my practices as a teaching artist in HE, in Scotland and as part of a global movement towards being part of an army of Teaching Artists campaigning to make a difference in and with arts education.