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Master in Education Studies (Visual Arts)

What is the Master in Education Studies (Visual Arts)?

The Master in Education Studies (Visual Arts) is an innovative course designed to enable participants to establish, enhance or critically evaluate imaginative and innovative practices in a variety of visual arts in education contexts with increased connoisseurship, confidence and creativity. Graduates of the course will have the ability to critically appraise and reconceptualise approaches and to break out of established patterns in order to look at or explore things in different ways. In addition, they will have the expertise to contribute to local, national or international communities of practice within arts and arts in education contexts.

Who is the course for?

This course is for educators who have a particular interest in visual arts, integrated arts and arts integration practices and to those who are interested in developing imagination, ideation and innovation in visual arts teaching practices in early childhood education, primary, post-primary, further and higher education settings. 

What will I study?

In year one, students on this course will study four discrete modules consisting of a common core module and three visual arts specialism modules. In year two, students focus on an area of interest, related to visual arts within Education Studies, in greater depth. They will develop research skills and prepare a dissertation of 20,000 words on a topic relevant to visual arts education.

What are the course aims?

On successful completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Critically discuss key ideas in educational leadership theory and practice with particular, but not exclusive, reference to visual arts education
  • Explore the ideas of various thinkers in visual arts education, and critically evaluate them
  • Pursue study and scholarship in educational studies and visual arts education
  • Undertake a substantial piece of academic research in visual arts education
  • Identify areas of focus for future professional development as required by the Teaching Council and other bodies, acknowledging that learning is a lifelong process
  • Develop the skills required to become an effective researcher in education studies, with particular reference to visual arts education
  • Critically reflect on their experiences in education, as students, teachers or other partners, and document how this reflection informs their practice

How is the course assessed?

Assessment is linked to the modular nature of the programme and consists of a variety of assessment methods such as assignments, essays, quizzes, project proposals, exhibits of work and personal portfolios in year one, followed by a research proposal and dissertation in year two.

Module Listing

YEAR ONE

MODULE ONE

Introduction to Education Studies

  • Education and pedagogy
  • What is education for?
  • The relevance of virtues
  • Education under pressure in our culture
  • Where now is the Primary School Curriculum (1999)?
  • The practice of postgraduate reading and writing

MODULE TWO

Visual Arts, Inspiration and Imagination

  • Inspiration for visual arts
  • Theory, practice and challenges pertaining to teaching, making and responding to drawing
  • Changing ideologies and paradigms in visual arts education
  • Theory, practice and challenges pertaining to teaching, making and responding to painting
  • Visual arts and imaginative thinking
  • Theory, practice and challenges pertaining to teaching, making and responding to print

MODULE THREE

Visual Arts, Ideation and Integration

  • Ideation in visual arts and planning for visual arts
  • Theory, practice and challenges pertaining to teaching, making and responding to collage
  • Visual arts integration: Rationale, taxonomy, pearls and perils
  • Theory, practice and challenges pertaining to teaching, making and responding to creative textiles
  • Inter disciplinary skills from visual arts
  • Theory, practice and challenges pertaining to teaching, making and responding to construction

MODULE FOUR

Visual Arts, Innovation and Inclusion 

  • Inclusion in teaching visual arts
  • Theory, practice and challenges pertaining to teaching, making and responding to clay
  • ICT, visual arts and teaching visual arts
  • Theory, practice and challenges pertaining to teaching, making and responding to graphic design
  • Innovation in visual arts education
  • Theory, practice and challenges pertaining to teaching, making and responding to new media

YEAR TWO

MODULE FIVE

Research Methods and Dissertation

General Information

Duration: 2 years part-time

Award Level: NFQ 9

ECTS Credits: 90

Awarding Body: Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

IELTS: Level 6.5 (or equivalent)

Minimum Entry Requirements

An honours degree (level 8) with second class honours or higher and at least three years teaching or equivalent professional experience. In exceptional cases applicants who meet the honours degree requirement but do not have the necessary experience may be considered for the course.