MA Learning & Teaching in Creative Industries*

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A 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time postgraduate degree available at:

*This course is taught and delivered at BIMM Institute Brighton

The MA Learning & Teaching in Creative Industries is perfect if you’re looking to enter into a teaching career for the first time. It’s also the ideal choice if you’re an experienced educator wanting to broaden your knowledge and skills within the field of creative arts education at Further Education and Higher Education levels.

You’ll engage in critical and collaborative development as a creative educator and improve your skills and agency as a teacher, as well as literacy in educational research.

The MA programme will take a person-centred approach and include a balance of expert tuition, experiential workshops and self-guided study. You will examine & challenge your own beliefs and values in teaching, expanding key knowledge & skill in areas such as:

  • Teaching and supporting learning
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Learning theory and psychology
  • Inclusivity and accommodation for learning need
  • Creative and experiential approaches to learning
  • Educational and practitioner-led research
  • Course design
  • Critical and social theories of education
  • Coaching and mentoring in 1:1 settings
  • Leadership and innovation in education

This MA is offered in two distinct pathways:

The ‘Initial Teacher Education’ pathway: designed for early and pre-career teachers

The ‘Initial Teacher Education’ pathway focuses on developing your own practical and reflective skills within the classroom. It includes the introductory module, ‘Teaching, Learning and Assessment’, for which no prior teaching experience is required.

You will also undertake a practicum of teaching experience and lesson observation, which is recognised in forming the ITE requirements for professional formation (QTLS) through the Education & Training Foundation. Teaching placements are offered for those not currently working within education.

This pathway is offered both full-time over one calendar year (three semesters) and part-time over two calendar years.

The ‘Continuing Professional Development’ pathway: designed for qualified teachers or those with over three years’ teaching experience

You’ll expand upon what you already know and complete the programme with deeper theoretical and pedagogic knowledge. You’ll also explore new practices in innovation, curriculum-making and leadership.

Because our flexible MA courses provide an educational experience that works around you, this pathway is offered part-time over two calendar years so that you can continue with your day-to-day profession.

Course Specification

Mode of attendance: Our flexible MA courses offer both full-time and part-time options to provide an educational experience that works around you.

Length of course: 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)

Awarding institution: BIMM University

Campus delivery: BIMM Institute Brighton

Language of study: English

Final award: MA Learning & Teaching in Creative Industries

Minimum Requirements

A good Degree (normally 2.2 or above) in a creative industry-related subject or significant professional experience in the creative arts/industries.

All applicants will be subject to interview and a portfolio will also be requested for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). 

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in other elements.


Graduates will be qualified to work as teaching practitioners, administrators and leaders in creative arts institutions at Further Education and Higher Education levels.

They will also be able to use the course to further self-employed careers such as one-to-one teaching, creative workshops, curriculum consultation or developmental coaching.

Course Fees

Full-time (One year)

UK students: £9,950 (per year)

EU & International students: £16,450 (per year)

Part-time (Two years)

UK students: £6,450 (per year)

EU & International students: £10,450 (per year)


Please visit the BIMM Fees page for further information on fees and access to Student Loans. Please note, UK students eligible for loans are able to borrow the full course fee for BIMM Institute degrees.

Please note: module names and structure may be subject to change.

Initial Teacher Education Pathway Only

You will engage in a broad range of learning and teaching techniques suitable for roles in post-compulsory education. The module develops competencies in planning, teaching, assessing, giving feedback and supporting different forms of learning. As an introduction to the course, no prior teaching experience is assumed.

Continuing Professional Development Pathway Only

This module focuses on the concept and practice of leadership within contemporary education, adopting an individualised approach to helping you to ‘learn to lead’ and ‘lead to learn’.

You are given the opportunity to develop and reflect on different styles and approaches relating to leadership and leading change across a range of professional contexts. You will investigate a personally significant leadership challenge, with the support of colleagues and peers on the module.

What is creative education – education in creative subjects, a more creative approach to education in creative subjects or a more creative approach to all education? This module invites you to explore such questions in the context of your own professional and creative practice, through engagement with theories of creativity and contemporary perspectives on creativity in education.

You will engage in experiential workshops in order to practice techniques that expand your practical skillsets as a creative educator. We encourage you to experiment with your own learning and creative practices, to try new things in your teaching, and to explore how assessment decisions are made and justified within creative subjects.

This module will grapple with a variety of real-world theories and practices of research used to investigate education and the creative subjects.

You will investigate and use different methodologies of qualitative and practitioner research in order to better understand learning and teaching within the creative industries.

For the module’s assessment, you will generate a research proposal, which can be used for your final research dissertation/project.

In this optional module we engage with a range of critical positions on education and the curriculum, exploring what, how and why we teach.

We will explore the variety of aims and ideologies at play within education and help you to critically engage with ideas from the social sciences, psychology and education in analysis and debate. You will also learn how to use these languages to engage in your own educational practices more deeply.

This optional module supports you in developing short-courses and curricula. You will look at a variety of methods and orientations to curriculum design, including examining digital and blended learning approaches applicable to courses on and offline, as well as managing individual and collaborative learning.

For the module’s assessment you will create and evaluate your own course portfolio, allowing you to develop usable design and materials for your own professional career area.

This optional module facilitates your development as an effective coach and/or mentor in one-to-one settings. You will explore a variety of person-centred techniques and approaches for partnering with learners to support their development and empower them as individuals. This can provide an additional professional skillset for work as an educator, as well as inform your classroom teaching.

You will participate in critical and reflective learning-in-action while receiving professional supervision throughout the module.

This double-weighted module provides you with the opportunity to engage in sustained scholarly work of an innovative and independent nature. This work will focus on an area of professional interest with regards to learning and teaching in creative education.

Through your own research, you will be able to demonstrate the knowledge and expertise of an area of interest in post-compulsory education, drawing on knowledge and skills developed throughout the course under individual supervision.

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