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Our foundation year enables you to enter our BA Arts in Education course even if you don’t have the formal qualifications or experience to meet the entry requirements.

Our degree in Arts in Education explores these rich themes and consider how they affect educational opportunities. It also brings practical study into the course with opportunities 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 – poetry, singing and drama, as well as visual arts – then the Arts in Education course is for you.

Why Study Arts in Education with Foundation Year?

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

During the foundation year, you'll gain an introduction to the arts and education, and you'll develop skills and confidence to prepare you to study at degree level. 

Throughout the 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 hot spot, making it a popular choice for lovers of the arts. While studying here, you'll be able to take advantage of arts extravaganzas on your doorstep including the annual Canterbury Festival - Kent's international arts festival.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

Candidates must show sufficient motivation to benefit from study at this level.

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.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is not an entry requirement, however if you take part in work-related experience, visits or placements to settings where you are undertaking regulated activity, the setting may determine that a DBS check is required. You will be required to undergo a DBS check and arrange this through the university before undertaking the activity.

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.

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All about the course

During the foundation year, you'll prepare to study at degree level by developing your academic study skills and confidence. You'll study introductory modules related to the arts in education.

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 really encourage you to explore your creative side to discover how arts impact our lives, bringing together open-mindedness and broad but critical thinking across a range of real-world themes and topics.

Peter GregoryProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

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 Arts and Cultural Management or MA Education. 


The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £13,000
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000

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

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2021/22 only. Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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