Oxford Brookes University School of Education

Oxford Brookes University

Education (Artist Teacher Scheme)

The Artist Teacher Scheme (ATS) is the national programme of continuing professional development courses for artist teachers. It is supported by Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Wales and the Scottish Arts Council and managed by the National Society for Education in Art and Design. The scheme provides opportunities for those working within art education in any sector to review and develop their personal creative practice in relation to the highest levels of contemporary practice.

The programme is based on the central belief that educators of art, design and craft who maintain and develop their own creative practice can be significantly more effective professionally and more likely to be satisfied with their educational work.

The ATS is for those who work in art education in some capacity across all sectors. Equally, the course is applicable for those who work in community arts, as artists in residence, gallery or museum educators, or with community or youth arts groups.

Entry requirements

Applicants need to be working in art education in some capacity. It is preferable that candidates have a first degree in education or an art-related practice, although this can be negotiated according to individual circumstance. Applicants do not need Qualified Teacher Status.

Course modules

Integrating Contemporary Practice into the Classroom

An introductory three day exploratory course, delivered through a series of workshops held at Oxford Brookes University and the Oxford University Museums, linking to contemporary interpretation of the Pitt Rivers Museum's collection, followed by two days to critically evaluate ways to integrate contemporary visual arts practice into the classroom.

You will:

  • Explore contemporary practice in a museum setting
  • Extend theoretical and practical subject specific skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Share ideas, meeting and working with new colleagues
  • Work with a number of art/education/museum specialists
  • Experiment with and reflect critically on innovative ways to link extended practical subject knowledge to classroom practice
  • Integrate appropriate theory and practice into research
  • Present work as a portfolio of evidence with writing/annotation and examples of planning, resources and artworks produced by pupils.

Developing Personal Artistic Practice (double module)

This module enables artist teachers to develop their own subject knowledge through a series of workshops and seminars at Oxford Brookes University and the Oxford University Museums by:

  • Providing faculities and expertise to develop practical and theoretical subject knowledge
  • Providing access to contemporary interpretation and exploration of the Pitt Rivers Museum's collections and practitioners
  • Debating contemporary issues related to current art theory and art education theory
  • Developing a body of artwork which extends your own contemporary art practice
  • Creating a reflective sketchbook/journal to demonstrate development of ideas in a critical way
  • Presenting ideas/work to a panel
  • Producing a body of work which does not need to culminate in specific outcomes but does include an informal group display of key artworks.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time -

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Harcourt Hill Campus Oxford OX2 9AT South East

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