We’re very pleased to welcome you to our unique Arts in Education course. Over the coming years, you’ll explore the notions of learning about, through and across the arts. Together with our local, regional and national partner organisations, you’ll be able to draw on the most recent approaches and research available to consider the impact of the arts in the learning processes for human beings.

Dr Lee Hazeldine
Course Director

Key dates

Start date: 19 September 2022

Academic Calendar: Semesters - click here for more about this Academic Calendar including key dates for learning and teaching, breaks and assessment periods

Getting started

As part of the orientation, we’d like to suggest that you begin to read some material and start to keep a visual journal of photos, text, collages, flyers, drawings, or other recording processes.

Here is the theme for your portfolio, as well as our suggested reading material:

  • See if you can obtain a copy of the key text for the course: ‘The Arts and Creation of Mind’ by Elliott Eisner (there are usually second-hand copies available on Amazon if you don’t want to buy brand new).
  • Visit the website of the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education and download and read the Commission’s Final Report. The report will give you important insights into the current terrain and value of the arts within education and our communities; it will also inform your studies with the first year of your course.
  • Create a visual journal that explores the ways in which the arts affect your own life – the arts here should be considered broadly: fine art, design, film, literature, Radio, TV etc. What value do the arts have for you? How do they affect your emotional, physical and practical life? What is their relationship to other aspects of your life? How do you engage with arts and creativity yourself? Record your thoughts and ideas in any way you like: text, collages, flyers, drawing etc. Although we won’t expect you to share everything in it, communicating your thoughts will help you gain confidence in sharing ideas with the rest of your course group. Please bring your journal with you on your first day at the university.

Your welcome and induction will be w/c 19 September 2022 - we look forward to meeting you then.

Pre-course reading

For many of our students, pre-reading has helped increase their confidence and enhance their preparedness to study.

Here are some of the texts you’ll come across in the first year of the course. You don’t need to read every source in detail, but hopefully something here will catch your eye…. (Our personal suggestions for summer reading are in bold!)

  • Abbs, P. (2003). Against the Flow: Education, the arts and postmodern culture London, Routledge .
  • Adams, E., (2016). Eileen Adams: Agent of Change. Loughborough Design Press.
  • Addison, N., Burgess, L., Steers, J. and Trowell, J., (2010) Understanding art education: Engaging reflexively with practice. Routledge.
  • Adorno, T (2001) The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture. London: Routledge
  • Atkinson, D., (2017). Art, disobedience, and ethics: The adventure of pedagogy. Springer.
  • Bamford, A. (2006) The Wow Factor: Global Research Compendium on the Impact of the Arts in Education, New York: Waxman Verlag.
  • Barnard, M (2000) Approaches to Understanding Visual Culture. London: Springer
  • Berger, J (1972) Ways of Seeing, London: Pelican Books
  • Bresler, L. (ed.), (2007). International Handbook of Research in Arts Education (Volumes 1 and 2). Dordrecht: Springer Science & Business Media.
  • Cameron, J. (2016) The Artist’s Way: A course in Discovering and Recovering your Creative Self. Macmillan
  • Carey, J. (2006) What Good are the Arts? London: Faber & Faber.
  • Chalmers, F.G., (2019). Cultural colonialism and art education: Eurocentric and racist roots of art education. In Art, Culture, and Pedagogy (pp. 37-46). Brill Sense.
  • Craft, A., (2003). Creativity across the primary curriculum: Framing and developing practice. Routledge.
  • Csikszentmihalyi, M., (1997). Assessing aesthetic education: Measuring the ability to “ward off chaos”. Arts Education Policy Review, 99(1), pp.33-38.
  • Cultural Learning Alliance (2012) Imagine Nation: the value of cultural learning Cultural Learning Alliance
  • Davis, J.H., (2008). Why our schools need the arts. Teachers College Press.
  • de Bruyne, P. (2011) Community Art: The Politics of Trespassing. Valiz.
  • Dewey, J. (1934). Art as Experience. New York: Penguin. 2005 edition.
  • Eisner, E.W (2002) The Arts and the Creation of Mind. Virginia: Yale University Press
  • Eisner, E.W (2005) Reimagining Schools: The Selected Works of Elliot Eisner. New York: Routledge
  • Eisner, E., & Day, M. (Eds.). (2004). Handbook of Research and Policy in Arts Education. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Erven, E. Van (2000) Community Theatre: Global Perspectives. London: Routledge.
  • Fautley M., Colwell R. Assessment in the secondary music classroom. The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1 2012.
  • Finney, J., 2002. Music education as aesthetic education: a rethink. British Journal of Music Education, 19(2), pp.119-134.
  • Fleming, M., Bresler, L. and O'Toole, J. eds., (2014). The Routledge international handbook of the arts and education. Routledge.
  • Gardner, H. (1994) The Arts And Human Development: A Psychological Study of the Artistic Process. New York: Basic Books
  • Gregory, P., (2019). Developing Competent Teachers of Art in the Primary School. In Hickman, R. (ed) The International Encyclopedia of Art and Design Education, pp.1-20.
  • Gregory, P., March, C. and Tutchell, S. (2020) Mastering Primary Art and Design. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Hanna, G., Patterson, M., Rollins, J. and Sherman, A., (2011). The arts and human development: Framing a national research agenda for the arts, lifelong learning, and individual well-being. Washington, DC: National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Hardy, T. ed., (2006). Art education in a postmodern world: Collected essays. Intellect Books.
  • Harland, J., Kinder, K. and Hartley, K., (1995). Arts in their view: A study of youth participation in the arts. Slough: NFER.
  • Harland, J., (2005). The arts-education interface: A mutual learning triangle?. Slough: National Foundation for Educational Research.
  • Harland, J., Kinder, K., Lord, P., Stott, A., Schagen, I., Haynes, J., Cusworth, L., White, R. and Paola, R., (2000). Arts education in secondary schools: Effects and effectiveness. Slough: NFER.
  • Henley, D., (2016). The arts dividend: Why investment in culture pays. London, UK: Elliott and Thompson Limited.
  • Henley, D., (2018). Creativity: Why it matters. Elliott and Thompson Limited.
  • Henley, D., Sorrell, J., Roberts, P. (2014) Virtuous Circle: Why Creativity and Cultural Education Count. Elliott & Thompson
  • Hickman, R. (2010) Why we make art and why it is taught. Bristol: Intellect
  • Hogan, S. (2001). Healing arts: The history of art therapy. London: Jessica Kingsley.
  • Hopper, G., (2015). Art, education and gender: The shaping of female ambition. Springer.
  • Kolb, D. A. (2015) Experiential Learning: experience as the source of learning and development. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
  • Lowenfeld, V. and Brittain,L. W. (1987) Creative and Mental Growth. 8th edition. London: MacMillan
  • Macdonald, S., (2004). The history and philosophy of art education. James Clarke & Co..
  • Mason, R. and Buschkühle, C.P. eds., (2013). Images & Identity: Educating Citizenship through Visual Arts. Intellect Books.
  • Mithen, S. (2005) The Singing Neanderthal London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson
  • NASUWT (The Teachers’ Union) (2017) Creativity and the Arts in the curriculum. A report of policies and practices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
  • Ogier, S., (2019). (ed.). A Broad and Balanced Curriculum in Primary Schools: Educating the whole child.
  • Ranciere, J. (2011) The Emancipated Spectator. Verso.
  • Read, H. (1956) Education Through Art, 3rd edn. London: Faber and Faber.
  • Robinson, K (2017) Out of Our Minds: The Power of Being Creative. 3rd edn. Capstone
  • Ross, M. (2011) Cultivating the Arts in Education and Therapy Routledge
  • Smith, R.A., (2006). Culture and the arts in education: Critical essays on shaping human experience. Teachers College Press.
  • Tutchell, S., (2014). Young Children as Artists: Art and Design in the Early Years and Key Stage 1. Routledge.
  • Wagner, E. and Schönau, D. (2016). (eds.) European Framework of Reference for Visual Literacy. Waxmann Verlag.

It is useful to note that the University Bookshop offers 10% discount on most titles in print and have some price-beating book bundles. They also price match Amazon on core texts recommended in the module handbooks you will receive when you start in September.