Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This Masters gives artists, practitioners, teachers and educators, in informal and formal learning environments, the opportunity to extend, enrich and consolidate the overlapping practices and theories of contemporary art and learning and teaching through individual and collaborative research.

Why study MA Arts and Learning (MAAL) at Goldsmiths?

' Engaging with practice and theory, you will create new work; develop innovative research approaches and outcomes; critically debate the changing nature of contemporary art, gallery/exhibition practices and art education; and sustain these practices and ideas as artist teacher beyond the MAAL.

' You’ll be taught by staff who are nationally and internationally renowned and published artist researcher teachers.

' You’ll draw on the international scope of contemporary art practices in London through partnerships with international galleries including Tate Modern, The Whitechapel Gallery and The Showroom Gallery.

' You’ll be part of a student body with a rich diversity of backgrounds and experiences, and have the opportunity to develop and maintain collaborative peer networks and support.

' You’ll have access to an extensive programme of guest lectures, presentations and projects that has included: Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare, Sonia Boyce, Susan Pui San Lok, Danny Devenny, Mark Ervine, Marty Lyons and John Matthews, hosted through our Centre for Arts and Learning (CAL).

' The MAAL can be a pathway before or after the completion of a UK QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) programme, such as the PGCE (Secondary): Art & Design.

Course Modules

Core modules:

Revisiting Practice

Spaces of Practice (in association with the Whitechapel, Showroom Galleries and the South London Gallery)

Critical Pedagogy and Contested Spaces (In association with Tate Modern)

Independent Studies

You also choose one other option module from:

Location and Intersubjectivity in Art and Therapy

One non'core module from the MA in Education, Culture, Language and Identity programme

An MA option module offered in another department

The MAAL can be completed in 1 year (full'time) or between 2'5 years (part'time).

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all modules may be available every year.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,130 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £19,870 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA Other Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA Other Fees

Qualifications required:

  • You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in an appropriate arts-based area with additional experience in learning contexts and a commitment to arts education.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements IELTS 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0.