About the National pilot project
The Arts Education in Practice Professional Development
Award is brand
new SQA (SCQF Level 7) accredited training especially designed for arts
practitioners of all art forms. If you are engaged in the delivery of
workshops and projects with groups of children, young people or adults
in formal or informal education and community contexts, then this is
the course for you.
Who is the award for?
The award is for arts practitioners who are delivering
workshops and projects with groups of children, young people or adults.
Art form development:
You can be a professional artist* of any art form: dance, theatre, drama,
music, visual arts, creative writing, storytelling, crafts, film, digital
arts – any and all art forms are relevant.
You are likely to have
a formal qualification in your art form (e.g. an undergraduate degree).
However, in acknowledgement of the diverse career pathways in this sector,
other equivalent professional experience will be considered. You must demonstrate
that you are actively developing your artistic practice; examples of this
include exhibitions, performances, commissions, published work, critical
reviews, portfolios and showcases.
* Please note that the Arts Education in Practice Professional Development
Award has been specifically designed as accredited professional development
training for arts practitioners and is not training for teachers/educators,
youth workers, or those interested in integrating the arts into their
work. Rather, delivering your art form should be the main
focus of your
Alongside commitment to your art form, you will need to demonstrate your
experience of working with groups, running art form development sessions
in formal or informal education or community contexts. This could be
working on an arts project in a school or running workshops in a community
centre; working with the under fives or over fifty-fives; working independently
or for an arts organisation – it is likely that you will have
developed your practice in a variety of contexts, no two ever quite
You must be able to demonstrate your understanding of the
settings in which you either have previously, or are currently working
and the specific needs and requirements of these groups and contexts.
Much of the learning on the course will be based around an analysis of
the specific context where your practice takes place. Each individual
candidate must ensure that they have a specific work opportunity in
place, in order to fulfil the requirements of the course. This must
take place between January-April 2009 and can either be paid or voluntary.
If this is on-going work, candidates will be required to focus on a
six-week timeframe within their work commitments, to meet the learning
and assessment criteria of the course.
learning is subject to the appropriate Disclosure Scotland checks.
must be established from employers/host organisations in order for your
work-based learning to be assessed as part of the course. On successful
enrolment to the course, further guidance will be given regarding this.
However, candidates are strongly recommended to have permission agreed
at the point of application to the course, where possible.
How will candidates be selected?
All potential candidates for the Arts
Education in Practice Professional Development Award will be asked to
show evidence of the following as part of their application:
- Your art form
- Your practice development experience
- Your intended work-based learning context between January-April
There are 16 places available at the Glasgow based course and 8 at the
Inverness based course. This is a national action research project, supported
by the Scottish Arts Council, which will not only pilot a model of this
specific course, but will also examine broader issues surrounding future
training needs for arts practitioners in Scotland. In the interests of
the research base of the project, the following criteria will also be
considered when selecting candidates:
- The number of candidates in each pilot location e.g. Glasgow or Inverness
- The range of the proposed work based learning contexts represented
on the pilot project
- The range of art forms represented on the pilot project
- The range of practitioner experience represented on the pilot project.
What is the course content and how will it be assessed?
The Award consists
of three units:
- Prepare to deliver art form development sessions
- Assist individuals to experience art form practices
- Monitor, evaluate and develop practice
These units will include the following curriculum:
- An introduction to reflective practice
- Development of pedagogy
- Contextual analysis of work-based learning
- Project design, programme planning and implementation
and workshop management skills
- Evaluation and monitoring techniques
- Child protection, health and safety, equal opportunities legislation
and how it relates to your practice
- National policy developments relating to arts practice
The teaching and assessment of the course will support candidates in
taking responsibility for their own learning, bringing their experience
and knowledge to the course, with opportunities for peer learning. This
is supported with tutorials and seminars.
Candidates will develop a portfolio
of work and a reflective journal during the course, which will contribute
to their assessment. These will also support their future learning and
Who is the course tutor?
The course tutor for the national pilot of the
Arts Education in Practice Professional Development Award is Stephanie
Stephanie is a writer and researcher in applied theatre and participatory
arts, specialising in social justice. She has worked in schools, further
education and higher education. Stephanie has been the director of a
university research centre dedicated to participatory arts and international
development. She has designed and delivered a number of courses for formal
and informal education and for schools, as well as participatory work
and international development. She has also been a local authority arts
officer and the director of an arts organisation. Stephanie is extensively
published in international journals and is the assistant editor to the
new international journal of Arts and Communities. She is visiting lecturer
and external examiner at a variety of universities and colleges. Stephanie
is currently developing new work with the Companions of Dynamic Ingenuity
and she has a passionate commitment to the work and learning of artists
in education and community contexts.
In addition, there will be other invited national policy-makers contributing
to the course.