From the outset of study, I feel this has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Arts in Education is a positive, creative learning-journey, supported by an experienced department of dedicated staff. Anybody who values connection, and imaginative exploration of diverse discovery within the Arts will appreciate this course to its full.


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    Arts in all their forms are influencing our lives more than ever before, whether through community projects, theatre, music, film, television or social media.

    Our degree in Arts in Education explores how the arts affect our lives and considers how they affect educational opportunities. The course involves both practical and academic study and includes the opportunity to work with leading arts organisations.

    If you are open-minded, creative and have a desire to explore learning through the arts in all forms – whether visual arts, poetry, music, singing and drama – then the Arts in Education course is for you.

    Why Study Arts in Education?

    As well as enriching our understanding of culture, the arts have huge potential in improving the quality of education and transforming lives.

    On this course, you'll be able to apply your passion and enthusiasm for the arts to academic and practical scenarios. You'll gain a deep understanding of the powerful connection between arts and education, and how the arts pervade so much of society and of our lives as individuals.

    As you immerse yourself in the creative aspects of education both academically and in practice by working in arts education organisations, you'll explore why the arts are integral to all human societies, and why creativity and imagination are important within a culture. This will help to deepen your understanding of the arts and enrich your personal and academic experience, so that you can reach your full career potential.

    Canterbury is a creative and cultural hotspot, making it a popular choice for lovers of the arts. While studying here, you'll be able to take advantage of arts events both local and national, such as the annual Canterbury Festival, as well as events within the Capital.

      All about the course

      In Year 1, you'll explore what is meant by an ‘art’, what an artist is, who can be an artist, how we learn in the arts and why the arts are important. You will also explore why and how the arts have the power to move us and have meaning for us personally; and what all this suggests for teachers and educators.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels BCC
      BTEC DMM
      Access 6 Distinctions and 39 Merits
      International Baccalaureate 28 Points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 104 -112 UCAS points

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      You will take part in work related experience, visits and placements to arts education establishments which require a check through the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS). You will need to arrange this yourself at your own cost.

      You are not required to have a formal qualifications in the arts, though these would be advantageous. Experience within the arts disciplines in school and/or as extra-curricular activity would be desirable.

      UCAS Points

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week. Your actual contact hours depend on the optional modules you select.

      Practical work that will allow you to engage artistically within a range of arts disciplines will be a consistent feature, enabling you to develop a range of skills that are both specific to the arts and transferable to all aspects of teaching and learning. Transferable skills might include:

      • coordination and dexterity
      • perceptual, verbal skills
      • reflection, self-awareness (affective as well as cognitive), criticality, metacognition
      • semiotics (visual literacy, metaphors, seeing the world symbolically)
      • digital literacy (esp. those arts specific skills in supportive technology that relate to the visual, audio, kinaesthetic).

      Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will also have opportunities to meet and work with practising artists and arts educators, and gain work experience in local arts organisations.

      In Year 2 there is an opportunity to be placed in a community setting working with those involved in arts in education in different cultural contexts.

      In your final year, you'll engage collaboratively in a practical project, based on a live ‘brief’ from a specific, relevant arts organisation.

      In addition, you will meet with your personal academic tutor throughout the course.

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

      You will also be encouraged to engage artistically and take advantage of extra-curricular arts opportunities to enrich your understanding and experience.

      Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

      For the independent study/research in Year 3, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team who you will meet with regularly.

      Your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours per week. You will undertake a further 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity each week. In addition, there will be field trips.

      For each 20 credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week.

      The teaching team consists of highly qualified academics who are passionate about the arts in education. They have a range of expertise and experience within the arts and education.

      All staff have extensive experience in schools and other educational organisations, and some are practising artists in their own right.

      Most of our team members are research-active and have experience in delivering research-informed teaching.

      We encourage you to explore creativity and discover how the arts impact our lives and education, bringing together open-mindedness and broad but critical thinking across a range of real-world themes and topics.

      Dr Lee HazeldineCourse Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      The course includes a wide range of assessment modes – not just written, but also oral and visual.

      The course includes a wide range of assessment modes – not just written, but also oral and visual.

      It’s important to know that the purpose is to assess your understanding of the arts in education rather than your artistic ability or talent in individual arts. The course provides you with opportunities for formative feedback that will support your development and understanding informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark.

      Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as reflections, essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and reports on projects.

      The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You must achieve a pass mark of 50 and above in all Year 1 compulsory modules as a prerequisite, before progression to Year 2 optional modules.

      Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

      All modules are assessed by coursework. There are either one or two components to an assignment for each module (amounting to 100% of the whole module assignment). The overall assignment is worth 4000 words or equivalent.


      You will receive oral feedback on any informal assessments and written feedback on all formal assessments undertaken. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

      Your future career

      On successful completion of the course you will have a wide variety of roles open to you, including education coordinator, museums and galleries officer, or positions within television, radio and film and other media industries, creative businesses and third sector organisations. It could also lead to marketing, communication, management and leadership roles as well as arts administration.

      You could also choose to take a route towards Qualified Teachers Status (QTS) with a PGCE or School Direct course or join one of the University’s Masters degrees, such as our MA Education.


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

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