Teaching Artist Professional Learning Opportunities
If you currently have a responsibility for teaching and/or facilitating learning within an informal, community or participatory 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 8-14 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.
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.
“The flexibility of working and learning part-time – both online and face to face – enables you to direct your own learning when it suits you best.”
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 an 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 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
- Subject Discipline Exploration
- Final year self-defined Project
Funded places may be available for Scottish domiciled applicants.
This part-time 60 credit programme provides a unique opportunity for Teaching Artists in an arts 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
Who studies on these programmes?
We currently have students on these programmes who have a full-time, part-time or portfolio of work in the following contexts:
- Community learning
- Lifelong learning
- Participatory arts
- Private arts organisations (such as dance clubs)
- Private one-to-one tuition
- Arts venues
- School-based arts provision (e.g. instrumental music instruction, dance tutor)
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)
“I started the programme working in youth work and community arts then moved into teaching in further education and life long learning – you choose the direction of your own learning and adapt it – so I think its a programme lots of creative practitioners can benefit from.”
If you have any questions about any of our part-time postgraduate programmes in learning and teaching, please contact Jamie Mackay on email@example.com
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.
All Postgraduate Learning and Teaching Programmes are delivered through a mix of face-to-face weekend sessions, online classes and one-to-one tutorials.*
Face-to-face sessions 2019-20 will be delivered at RCS on the following dates:
Weekend 1: September 21st and September 22nd
Weekend 2: November 9th
Weekend 3: February 1st and 2nd
Weekend 4: April 25th
Online sessions will be delivered on a fortnightly basis on Thursday mornings from 10.00am – 12.00pm (BST) and repeated on the Thursday evening from 6.30 – 8.30pm (BST). This duplication is specifically designed to accommodate students who are studying in significantly different International time-zones.
International students can attend weekend sessions remotely for the duration of their studies.
- Part-time study
- Blended learning model
- Designed to integrate with existing professional teaching commitments
- Funded places may be available for Scottish domiciled students
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 evidence to establish some foundations for your initial proposals, drawn from any relevant sources.
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?
Creatively collaborating with a wonderful and inspiring group of learners, from lots of different backgrounds doing really positive work, to shape the creative landscape for the future. I’ve felt a part of a rich learning network and I’ve really enjoyed the process of challenging myself to go back to studying again.