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Education Studies - Visual Arts

Master in Education Studies (Visual Arts)*
*Pending accreditation
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 critially evaluate imaginative and innovative practices in a variety of arts 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 education.

Who is the course for?
This course is for educators who have a particular interest in visuals arts, integrated arts and arts integration practices and to those who are interested in developing imagination, ideation and innovation at all levels in early childhood education, primary, post-primary, further and higher education.

What will I study?
In year one, students on this course will study 4 discrete modules consisting of a common core module, 2 specialism modules and one elective module selected from a pool of approved 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 issues 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 researcher 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.

Entry requirements

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.


2 years part-time.

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Marino Institute of Education
Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9 Ireland
t: +353 1 805 7700
f: +353 1 833 5290

Subjects taught

Year 1:
Module 1:
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 2:
Visual Arts, Creativity and Culture
• Historical and contemporary perspectives on creativity
• Creativity and the arts (visual arts)
• Historical and contemporary perspectives regarding culture
• Nurturing cultural growth through visual culture
• Exploring the visual arts mode – histories and paradigms
• Exemplifying arts-based pedagogy through visual arts

Module 3:
Visual Arts, Integration Imagination and Innovation
• Imagination and education
• Exemplifying imagination in educational practice
• Integrative learning theories
• Exemplifying “rich” integrative practice
• Innovation and education
• Exemplifying innovative practices

Module 4:
Choose on elective from those available.
Sample options are:
• Religious Diversity and Intercultural Education, Schools and Diversity
• Inclusion and Intercultural Education,
• Teaching English as an Additional Language: An Intercultural Approach
• Human Rights, Human Rights Education and Intercultural Education
• Early Childhood Education – Policy and Practice
• Language and Literacy
• Learning through Inquiry

Year 2:
Module 5:
Research Methods and Dissertation.


*Pending accreditation
Awarding body:
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Award level: NFQ 9

Assessment method

How Is The Programme 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 proposal and personal portfolios in year 1, followed by a research proposal and dissertation in year 2.

Course fee

Contact the Institute directly for details of fees for programmes in 2017–2018.

Enrolment and start dates

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