Art and Design: Creative Education

Industrial Placement
Part-time study available
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Art and Design: Creative Education at Salford


Develop your knowledge and skills relating to current debates and practices


You will have access to industry standard facilities including printing and editing suites, 3D workshop and photography studios at New Adelphi.


Undertake placements, residencies and live project opportunities with communities, arts and public sector organisations.

Course Summary

Creative Education relates to the teaching and development of creativity in others and to the creativity of the educator. It is relevant to educational contexts such as schools,  colleges, galleries, museums and youth development, as well as hospitals and community care. It relates best to  those with a background in or responsibility for delivering; creative skills, disciplines and media.

Studio space is provided and you are expected to develop and understand your own creative processes, advance your practice and to communicate ideas and transfer skills within educational or community settings.

This course will support your professional development and encourage your independent expertise and your original value as educators. It focuses on developing individual creative habits and strategies to transfer these ideas within an educational context. You are encouraged to develop an individual  line of inquiry of which you are supported through lectures, seminars and tutorials. There is an opportunity to undertake a placement in a relevant work place to gain new experiences and test out developing ideas and activities.

Course Details

On MA Art and Design: Creative Education, your independent studio practice is supported by live projects and work placements within your chosen educational field. The process of creatively engaging with others on placements should feed back in to your own studio practice and be contextualised through further workshops or engagement. This will enable you to test your ideas about and explore the methods, techniques and rationales within your work. The aim is to build specialist knowledge, stimulate further enquiry and contextual awareness, and develop new delivery methods of educational engagement through arts based methodologies.

This course embraces a range and diversity of practices and aims to: 

  • Develop creative, critical, analytical and intellectual competencies informed by contemporary professional practice.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of research methods in general and those of importance to creative practice and industry in particular.
  • Enhance your knowledge and understanding of professional and collaborative frameworks
  • Provide the opportunity to develop industry experience and understanding through contact by placement, project and/or contact with professional practitioners.

Course Structure

The course comprises of three 14-week semesters totalling one full year

  • Semester 1 - October to February
  • Semester 2 - February to June
  • Semester 3 - June to September

You will take five core modules with lectures and seminars taking place one day per week, you will be expected to work independently in the library or workshops for the rest of the week. Additional optional activities such as gallery and studio visits, life drawing workshops and exhibition opportunities take place across the week.

Semester 1

During the first semester, focus is placed on you investigating and presenting ideas and findings; developing an understanding of research methods; and experiencing different points of view and a broad approach to the subject area.

  • the ability to manage and present ideas
  • the ability to integrate research findings and issues within a variety of projects
  • the ability to analyse, and present findings and outcomes.
This module identifies core research methods and activities for the art, design and creative and cultural industries sector in order to allow you to develop an individual approach to your postgraduate studies at MA level. Once core principles are established, you can tailor your approach to research and enquiry according to your individual perspectives.
This module enables you to identify your place in the context of the notion of specialist practice in the art, design and creative and cultural industries sector. You will define your intentions in terms of your personal programme of self-directed study in order to develop appropriate outcomes that relate to a specialist area of practice.

Semester 2

This semester focuses upon developing the knowledge and ability to explore different theoretical and practical issues relating to a variety of practices in art and design, and the creative and cultural industries.

The creative and cultural industries embrace a range of professional subjects. Given the transversality of these industries, it is important for you to have sufficient knowledge about the sector and its wider contexts, enabling you to identify and acquire professional skills within and across relevant sub-sectors. It is also important to enable you to understand and have experience of working in a multidisciplinary environment and an international context.
This module deals with the theoretical and practical issues faced by practitioners in the context of art and design, and the creative and cultural industries. The module supports you in developing new ideas through research and practice and through an appraisal of the context in which they operate. Particular emphasis is placed on contexts that emerge from international perspectives and from contemporary debates around creativity.

Semester 3

This semester focuses exclusively on the major project or dissertation. The aim of the self-directed major project: practice is to offer you the opportunity to critically engage in a major practice-driven project in which the emphasis will be on production, analysis and critical reflection in response to your practice-drivers and concerns; or major research project: dissertation, in which the emphasis will be on developing a constructive response to a research question.

You are provided with a supporting supervisor and a programmed series of tutorials. Individual tutorials and group discussions are integral to the development of your major project.

The aims of the major project are to offer you the opportunity to critically engage in a major research project in which the emphasis will be on defining, analysing, researching and developing a constructive practical response to a line of inquiry or research question and to formulate your own resolutions or conclusions from your body of work.

Entry Requirements

Relevant undergraduate degree, normally at 2:1 or above, and supporting portfolio of practice. Applicants with an undergraduate degree of 2:2 will be considered where a high quality portfolio of practice is presented.

The majority of students applying to the course are asked to submit a statement covering their purpose in applying for higher level study and their personal interest in creative education methods or themes. You may elect to include portfolio evidence in support of your submission but it is not a prerequisite. You will be interviewed and prior experience will be taken into consideration.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

Appropriately experienced applicants will be considered in line with the University’s Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedure.

English Language Requirements

International applicants must also provide evidence of proficiency in English (some countries are exempt from this- detailed information can be obtained from the International Relations Office). Evidence of proficiency in English takes the form of IELTS 6.5 band score.

If your current English language qualification is below this level, you may be able to take one of the many pre-sessional English courses in our School of Languages. For further details, please visit search for English on Course Finder.

Suitable For

The course is designed for practitioners in any pedagogic field- teachers and support staff in school, colleges and Higher Education or educationalists working within cultural organisations, health settings, museums & galleries or informal educational settings.  

You should have a strong interest in sharing your own practice with others either as a teacher or facilitator or as a creative collaborator. Applicants should hold employment in a relevant work environment or have access to experience or volunteering that will support their study, as practical engagement in live projects is essential.

Most students do have a fine art background, however you may apply from any creative area. Creative Education students have had degrees and experience across a range of disciplines including, music, graphic design, dance and drama.

We will also consider students who are interested in the field from a research perspective and wish to examine creative methods of engagement, defining, analysing and developing a constructive response to a research question within a written format.

Applicant profile


This course uses a range of teaching and learning settings including lectures, seminars/workshops, tutorials, situated learning (such as ‘live’ projects) and independent learning. The combination of these aims is to develop an environment that allows you to progressively take ownership and direction of your learning so that you may develop as independent, life-long learners. This is achieved by including self-directed projects where you will have the opportunity to negotiate your learning and assessment requirements.

Indicative to the course are:

  • Formal lectures
  • Seminar presentations
  • Workshops
  • Critical analysis and independent learning.

Award specific learning activities include exercises, team based learning, site visits, visiting professionals, work placements, online activities and critical debates. You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of coursework activities in order to foster active learning through contribution to participatory exercises and through formal and informal presentations of your work.


Assessment methods used on the course include:

  • Practical, oral and written assignments (80%)
  • Group presentations (20%)

You will be assessed throughout the course on your:

  • Body of work and contextual research: e.g. studio/portfolio/workshop outcomes/ exhibitions
  • Reflective journals: log or sketch-book/statement/seminar or other presentation

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Sam Ingleson

Programme Leader for MA Art & Design

Sam Ingleson is a multimedia visual artist. Her art practice is centred in social engagement and participatory performances. Her core research themes are the exploration of creative space and engagement in the formation of artistic strategies that include makers and performers. Sam's current interest is collaborating to developing board games that bring groups of people together to celebrate, learn or reflect. This has led to the publication of the chapter, 'An artist's approach to board games ', in: Moseley, A & Whitton, N (eds.), New Traditional Games for Learning: A Case Book. 

Sam is currently working with the Institute for Dementia at The University of Salford using game based methodologies to raise awareness and generate personal narratives around dementia. This is part of an ongoing body of work looking at how we can use games to engage with and widen the dementia debate.

Sam was previously the artistic director of Artists and Education (2003-2010), a company with a database of over 100 artists that devised, delivered, and evaluated artists’ residencies with young people. The company worked extensively in the North West with external partners including: Creative Partnerships, the Arts Council, and Salford and Manchester City Councils.

SEEK Profile -


Many teachers undertaking the course are doing so with the support of their employers who see the value of this Continuing Professional Development for the whole school and the individual’s career progression.  

Freelance practitioners encounter the course as a means of professionalising their educational and teaching portfolio and peer networking opportunities.

Creative Education students traditionally study while in employment, so following graduation they don’t necessarily move to new workplaces. However, while on the course and after graduating, students tend to move into more senior positions and be involved in greater whole school development with a focus on implementation of creative practices across the curriculum.  

Some teachers on leaving the course step out of formal education and become freelance practitioners working in galleries, prisons, youth centres, hospitals and schools.  They are supported in establishing business practices and marketing their activities.  

Artists leave the course as professional freelancers working in a variety of formal and non-formal workshop or residency settings.  The mix of freelancers and employed teaching staff enrolled on the course brings a wide range of peer employment opportunities. Current students are working in primary and secondary schools, prison education, hospitals, galleries, further and higher education, youth clubs and residential and care homes.

Career Prospects

Alumni Profile

Lauren Mullarkey

Artist in Residence at the Seashell Trust, a charity is dedicated to providing a creative, happy and secure environment for children and adults with complex and severe learning disabilities, which include little or no language abilities. She uses her art skills to communicate  through materials with the students.  

During her time on the masters Lauren had placements with Manchester hospital Schools and worked with the Whitworth Art Gallery alongside the Arts & Health Engagement Team using the handling collection to work with a variety of users.

"The masters programme gave me the confidence to engage with professional organisations and grow as an arts educator"  

Lauren Mullarkey graduated June 2015

Lauren Mullarkey at the Seashell Trust          

A video by The Patron's Lunch

Links with Industry

Creative Education has links with a large number of schools across Greater Manchester through both students and Alumni.

Teachers and freelance artists also benefit from links with external organisations such as Manchester Art Gallery, Artworks, Islington Mill and The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester through either volunteering opportunities or responses to live briefs.

The course also has links with Arts and Mental Health organisations including Manchester and Salford START, Salford Royal and Manchester Children’s Hospital. The programme also works closely with colleagues in the School of Nursing Midwifery, Social Work and Social Care on live projects.

The Final Major Project module recognises the issues surrounding the implementation of new delivery methods in formal and non-formal educational environments, the importance of community inclusion within educational environments and the need for exposure to a range of artistic practices and experiences in order to develop creative approaches. You will have the option to work within your own workplace or with external agencies, festivals and events dependent on relevance to your chosen research focus.

Further Study

Graduates from this course pursue professional practice via a range of enterprise, employment and self-employment strategies and contexts. Continuing practice-based and driven research is supported via MPhil/Phd courses at the University of Salford. 

Graduates can become associate members of the School of Arts & Media Research Centre or other Research centres as appropriate to individual practice drivers. Graduates are currently engaged in further study via PhD.

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time International£12,500
Full-time PgDip£4,068

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section


The MA Art & Design programme is based at Peel on the main campus. Students working on site have access to their own studio space. They have access to facilities in New Adelphi Building

These include

  • 2D & 3D Printing Facilities
  • 3D workshop
  • Fibre Workshop
  • Photography studio which includes a lighting set-up
  • Computer suites
  • Gallery Spaces

You will be inducted into the workshops, which covers how to use all the machinery, by trained workshop technicians.