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Arts University Plymouth: Creative Education: Making Learning

Institution Arts University Plymouth View institution profile
Department Critical and Cultural Studies
Telephone 01752 203434
Study type Taught


Plymouth College of Art has been granted full university status and formally recognised with the new title of Arts University Plymouth, following approval by the Privy Council. This makes us the City of Plymouth’s first specialist arts university.

The title of Arts University Plymouth signifies a change to the way that the world will see us, our position within the sector and the mobility of our graduates; but not a change in the way that we see ourselves or what we do. Arts University Plymouth will build upon the existing strength of our unique culture and incredible community; we have no plans to change the specialist focus of the work we do together. The name Arts University Plymouth will appear on our qualifications, making it easier for employers and peers to recognise that our students were taught at a leading specialist arts university.

In May we were awarded the Best Small or Specialist University at the 2022 WhatUni Student Choice Awards, coming top in a list of well-respected specialist UK universities, based on unbiased and honest reviews from students across the UK, in a category that highlights the quality of our provision as a specialist creative university.

The MA Creative Education: Making Learning is a crucible for open inquiry through arts education, that places making at the gravitational centre of learning. It explores the permeable structures and transformational agency of creative learning, across a range of educational paradigms, societal and cultural contexts.

Ethos Emerging from the progressive continuum that the college has developed with its sponsorship of Plymouth School of Creative Arts (PSCA), the MA Creative Education: Making Learning is oriented towards experimental developments in arts and pedagogy, especially those that propose new ways of thinking about the agency of individuals, groups and institutions. Within the creative arts, learning is never a straightforward accumulation of knowledge. Although new skills and perspectives are acquired, they often arrive by way of unlearning of existing methods. The programme explores the implications of this idea across a variety of contexts including galleries, schools, community settings and higher education institutions. The programme examines approaches to education that challenge hierarchies of artistic engagement and allow you to look afresh at the economic, political and ideological implications of ‘creativity’. By testing these ideas in your own practice, you will develop research informed by non-linear approaches to education and creative practice.

Outline The MA draws upon the collaboration with PSCA and a wider network of (arts) organisations in Plymouth and beyond to provide you with the opportunity to develop new perspectives on your own practice, pedagogical inquiry, educational research and the transformative potential of creativity. As a student on the MA Creative Education: Making Learning you will have the chance to explore your own role as an artist / educator, while producing a wide range of possible outcomes, from classroom-based research to participatory artwork. You will examine debates about the role of the arts in learning, and learning as art, gaining an understanding of experimental approaches to learning across mainstream and alternative settings.

Supported practices This programme supports professional educators, alongside creative and community practitioners.


Arts University Plymouth


Winner of Best Small or Specialist University at the 2022 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

Voted as the top Arts University in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS 2022). Overall student satisfaction is 81% at Arts University Plymouth, significantly above the national average of 76%.

Founded in 1856, the institution has been granted full university status and formally recognised with the new title of Arts University Plymouth following approval by the Privy Council, becoming the city of Plymouth’s specialist arts university. Arts University Plymouth is a specialist arts university offering a comprehensive range of undergraduate and …

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