MA Creative Arts in Education 2015/16 update

Spring may finally be in the air here in the UK and our MA Creative Arts in Education team is turning their attention to fine-tuning your course for next year.  We are excited about our new Policy and Practice module as well as honing relationships with local arts educators and organisations who are connected to the course.
This time of year finds Creative Arts students beginning work on their dissertations – this time next year this will hopefully be you! 
The CREATE Research Group is also providing provocative sessions which include our students – look out for information about an event at Plymouth University in May 2015, being co-hosted by CREATE, considering issues of creativity and democratic education, including the arts. These are issues that are likely to be debated across your course next year.
Please do keep an eye on our Facebook page:
We hope your preparations for joining us are going well too and if you need any advice or help, please do get in touch. 
Warm wishes

Associate Professor/Professor of Creativity in education currently being advertised at UoE

We are delighted to announce that UoE are currently advertising for an Associate Professor/Professor of Creativity in primary education – with a focus on sustainability and educational futures.  More details about the job are available here:
This is a great opportunity to join our CREATE and MA Creative Arts teams and to contribute to leading this field at UoE (now a Russell Group institution). The role will also include contributing to the new Creativity, Sustainability and Educational Futures Network within GSE. The link above contains details regarding which senior GSE staff to contact about the role if you are interested.

For offer holders 2015/16


Now that we have entered 2015, our Creative Arts team are excited to both be beginning work with this year’s students on their dissertations and to be turning our attention to preparing to welcome our new Creative Arts students later in the year. Our course has a long history of nurturing innovative thinking and practice within arts education for both home and international students and is closely connected to the work of the CREATE research group.  Please do keep an eye on this blog, and the MA Creative Arts Facebook group – there you can find out what is going on with this year’s students and lecturers.  This will give you a taste of the kinds of learning experiences that we are looking forward to offering you next year.

If you have any questions in preparation for registering with us and joining the course please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Kerry Chappell, the Creative Arts Specialism Leader.

Arts and Ed Futures students work with Spacex Gallery

Our MEd Creative Arts: Arts and Educational Futures module students spent a great afternoon at Spacex Gallery in Exeter on Monday. 
Artist Catherine Cartwright and Education Manager, Kathy Norris helped us to think about the role of arts organisations and galleries in educational futures, by getting practical with print-making.IMG_1683 IMG_1684

Creative Arts students due to work with The Devon Carousel Project


Next week the MEd Creative Arts invites in The Devon Carousel Project to work artistically and creatively with the students.  The session will focus on thinking about crossing boundaries in interdisciplinary practice in order to develop creativity, but also to help envisage arts-based creative educational futures.  Watch this space.

CREATE workshop debate on democratic educational futures: 3.12.14 St Lukes: Michael Fielding, Kerry Chappell & Nick Givens

Cultures of Encounter: How not to get steam rollered by the system and create a new one…..
with Michael Fielding, Kerry Chappell and Nick Givens
CREATE Group Workshop Debate
Wednesday 3 December 2014
5.00 – 6.30pm, Room BC112, St Luke’s Campus

This workshop will raise questions for debate about if and how it is possible to engender meaningful cultures of encounter that allow for democratic education within the educational system.  It will begin with short provocations from Michael Fielding, Kerry Chappell and Nick Givens drawing on research and experience of democratic schooling cultures and methods, some more radical stand-alone models, some more focused on what might be referred to as quiet revolutions from the inside.

The workshop’s main focus will be debating key elements of these practices, and allowing participants to share their own thoughts and experiences, especially aiming to look at the sustainability of these kinds of practices.  This workshop debate follows on from discussions begun during Michael Fielding’s recent CREATE seminar.

All welcome.  Please notify Jo Moncur ( if you are planning to attend.

DNA Dance Educator Action Research Bursary Sharing (4.30 – 5.45, 25.11.14 St Lukes Campus, UoE)


Local dance educators Lucie Tullett and Amelia Holst will be sharing the findings from their DNA Action Research Bursaries on Tuesday 25th November, 2014 from 4.30 – 5.45 in the Dance Studio on the St Lukes Campus, University of Exeter.  Respectively, Lucie and Amelia have been researching a creative teaching resource for GCSE and A Level Dance, and the power of performance to engage learning disabled participants.  They have been facilitated in their research by Dr Kerry Chappell from the University and are keen to share their ideas with other arts practitioners especially.  If you would like to book a place to attend the sharing please contact (see attached flyer for more information).

National Dance Teachers Association Conference 2014 call for Research Presentations


Pedagogy, Practice and Partnership, NDTA Conference 2014

Birmingham Ormiston Academy, Saturday 22nd November, 2014

A reminder to all dance education researchers that this year’s NDTA conference will focus on delivering high quality dance practice in and beyond the curriculum. Through keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops and seminars the day offers a stimulating professional development opportunity to support and inspire dance teachers working at all levels.

Making a difference to dance education through research

In collaboration with DanceHE, Pedagogy, Practice and Partnership will again feature research by and for dance teachers. Focusing upon or related to children and young people’s dance education the NDTA invite proposals for research led presentations that address (but are not limited to) the following areas:

·         Approaching dance education pedagogy, including through partnership

·         Dynamics of dance learning

·         Dance education research methodologies

·         Professional development for dance teachers

Kerry Chappell, from the CREATE Research Group will be facilitating the conference sessions alongside Professor Vida Midgelow. If you would like further information and to submit a proposal by Friday 10th October 2014, find further information here.

Royal Society of the Arts: can we close the creativity gap?

If you’re about to join the MEd Creative Arts Pathway at UoE as a full time student or on our new blended pathway, or if you’re just interested in creativity education, this blog by Joe Hallgarten at the RSA might spark your interest. Joe is asking questions about how we sustain momentum for creativity in education – answers on a postcard please!


Creativity and the Arts module now available for blended study within UoE MEd Professional Studies

Our University of Exeter MEd is currently undergoing some exciting changes. The Graduate School of Education is pleased to offer three new modules in 2014/15 that allow you to study a specific subject specialism; one of these is the 30 credit Creativity and the Arts module which was previously only available to full time students.

Our  MEd prof studies leaflet 2014 contains further information on the modules available as well as who to contact regarding course entry requirements, how to bring in previous experience etc.  If you have specific questions about module content and focus please contact Kerry Chappell, the module leader.

Also, from 2015/16, the MEd programme will change to an MA Education with more specialist modules and greater flexibility over your mode of study. This means you can continue building your ideal programme and tailor it to your own personal interests and work situation.

Please pass this information on to students and colleagues who you think might be interested in the course.


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