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Fine Art and Education MA

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2 years part-time

Arts, Design and Social Sciences
Squires Building, Newcastle City Campus

The MA in Fine Art and Education is a flexible part-time programme designed for Artist Teachers and is part of the national Artist Teacher Scheme which is supported by the Arts Council England and managed by the National Society for Education in Art and Design. Extraordinary opportunities arise for students from this unique collaboration with the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, the Education Division and the Visual Arts Division at Northumbria University. This programme offers support to artists working in full-time or part-time education in schools, galleries or community projects who wish to renegotiate their own practice through the production of art and to feed this knowledge into new strategies within their workplace.

The programme is made up of six modules, which are normally taken over two years by part-time study. An initial three day conference is hosted by BALTIC and aims to consider how the artist educator might engage with their own practice and how work may develop in terms of strategies and new media. This summer school is attended as an induction to the programme and an introduction to the BALTIC facilities. It is also open to artist educators choosing not to complete the full MA Fine Art and Education.

In Year 1 the main studio module is Studio Practice Fine Art 1. A series of group critiques and tutorials is attended with a minimum attendance of eight sessions per year. Each tutorial session is approximately one hour and each critique session is approximately two hours duration. The work produced is assessed at the end of August to allow for an intensive period of production over the summer. Some students work in the studios of the Division during this period.

During this first year students begin to determine the subject matter of their presentation and the module Exhibition Practice Interim Project Presentation supports this decision. The focus of this study is workbased and the module is concerned with identifying what it might be, how it might be undertaken and what research is needed to support it. The student and staff draw up a study agreement and a short 10-minute presentation is given by the student to offer clarity to the research proposal.

The module Art into Educational Context is taught at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art over five Saturday sessions across the year. Students are introduced to research skills with special emphasis on innovative aspects of collaboration with galleries and schools. The module is flexible and it is expected that students will, through the process of developing their own practice, be given opportunities to steer the module content.

In the follow on module in the second year Developing Art in Educational Contexts research informs the work-based learning held in the module Exhibition Practice Final Project Presentation. In this module students carry out the research plan of the previous year and present their findings in a paper of 20 minutes duration to an invited audience at BALTIC.

Concurrently students continue to be supported in the production of their own work by module teaching in Studio Practice Fine Art 2. A series of group critiques and tutorials is attended with a minimum attendance of eight sessions per year. The work produced is assessed at the end of August to allow for an intensive period of production over the summer. Some students work in the studios of the Division during this period. The presentation work produced by the students can be seen on the BALTIC website and the artwork is exhibited professionally in the celebrated annual postgraduate show at Northumbria University at the beginning of September.


The Teaching and Learning strategy of the programme is to offer student-centred learning that fits in with already busy working lives, is flexible in its approach offering students a variety of opportunities that they can select from; is useful at a practical level. It offers work-based learning that is useful to the career path of the student; fills the gaps in knowledge; introduces the student to contemporary art and theory; connects them with the culture of the region; introduces them to a community of artists; provides, stimulates and excites ideas; dialogue with artists and motivators that challenges and engages students; supports and understands; and is a forum for the discussion of ideas within a sympathetic peer group.

Formative assessment is given throughout the programme in tutorials and critiques.

Self-evaluative reports offer students a reflective learning experience. Summative assessment is through exhibition of work and conference style presentation of ideas. Students are given written and verbal feedback at every stage and assessment is staged to take into account work/life balance.


As above the Elements 1 and 2 offer accredited equivalent learning.


Graduates have found that this programme has supported them in gaining promotion to posts of responsibility in schools, colleges and gallery education. Successful students have found that the programme supported them in re-establishing their own art practice.


LEAs and NSEAD have information regarding ongoing funding for this programme.


Students attend studio group sessions five times per semester and twelve tutorial sessions over the year. Seminars, workshops and conferences are conducted during school vacation periods and weekends.


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