May 13, 2013

Second call for applications:Master of Education in Arts

Piet Zwart Institute

Photo: Kelin Degling Mesa, © Showroom MAMA.

The Master of Education in Arts programme explicitly connects theory and practice, focusing on contemporary issues which span different practices and discourses (visual art, design, art institutions, art criticism, cultural theory, pedagogy, philosophy). Students are encouraged to critically reflect upon their own position and teaching methodologies within social, cultural and political contexts.

How can educators help to define the role of art and design in society? Which pedagogical methodologies are appropriate for specific audiences and contexts? What do developments such as ‘education-as-art’ and ‘the educational turn in curating’ mean for curricula within schools and universities, or for educational programmes in museums and galleries? How can art education help children grow up to become self-confident and emancipated adults? These are but a few of the questions that are at the core of the Piet Zwart Institute’s Master of Education in Arts programme.

The course is mainly based on intensive seminars and workshops led by a dedicated group of artists, educators, critics, curators and theorists. Through a uniquely tailored curriculum combining collective learning with individual tutorials (face-to-face as well as in an online learning environment), practice-based research and theoretical enquiry, our course focuses on educating professionals with a critically reflective, innovative, questioning, and imaginative approach to their work.

The curriculum is designed specifically for cultural workers, artists, designers and teachers working in higher education, or with an educational practice within the cultural sector. Depending on a student’s particular background, interests and educational qualifications, the programme prepares graduates to engage with formal educational structures, such as schools and universities, as well as informal learning environments, such as free schools, skill-sharing workshops and community-based projects. Pedagogical methodologies range from active field work to theoretical research, interpretive methods, and the exploration of newly emergent forms of digital didactics.

In order to attract and accommodate working professionals seeking to upgrade or enhance their professional practice, the programme is structured as a 60-credit part-time course spread over two years. Upon fulfilling credit requirements, students graduate with a Master of Education in Arts (M Ed).

Piet Zwart Institute
The Piet Zwart Institute is an international post-graduate programme focusing on study and research in the fields of art and design. There are four Master courses: Fine Art, Interior Architecture and Retail Design, Media Design and Communication, and Art Education. All courses are founded on a shared interest in the complex social, cultural and political underpinnings of each discipline.

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