Visual Arts Education

This specialisation will not be offered in 2019.

  • Flexible delivery including online, school holiday intensive and evening classes.
  • Affordable study with Commonwealth Supported Places for eligible students.


Specialist professional development for aspiring and practicing art educators

The Master of Education (Visual Arts Education) is a specialist postgraduate program designed for qualified teachers and other educational professionals in art, design and media.

Our students develop an advanced understanding of the field of visual arts education. You will address theoretical frameworks, critical issues and practice in this specialised area; demonstrating critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Teaching and research in visual arts education

This new course provides the flexibility for students to study in studio disciplines and/or critical, historical and theoretical studies of the visual arts, media and design.

You will also complete a research methods course and a research project which provides a framework for investigating visual arts education in an area of professional and classroom practice.

When you study Education at UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, you will learn how to effectively plan, analyse, present implement and evaluate complex activities that contribute to advanced professional practice and/or intellectual scholarship in education.

Domestic students may be eligible to pay or defer fees through FEE-HELP and Commonwealth supported places are available.


Flexible delivery

Our postgraduate courses are offered through a range of flexible delivery modes, including:

  • online and blended courses
  • intensive school holiday courses
  • workplace and self-directed learning
  • evening classes

For more information about the delivery mode for each course, visit the UNSW School of Education website.

Master of Education (Visual Arts Education)

If you choose to study a Masters degree in Education (Visual Arts Education) you will complete 48 units of credit, or eight courses.

Compulsory courses

Students must complete the following two compulsory courses from the School of Education:

  • Visual Arts Education Issues - Weekly face-to-face class
  • Theoretical Frameworks Visual Arts Education - Weekly face-to-face class

Additional courses

Students will also complete the following postgraduate level courses as part of their program:

  • Two elective courses from UNSW Art & Design
  • One elective research methodology course - Intensive course
  • One independent research project - Self-directed course
  • Two elective courses from the full range of Master of Education options

To see an example of a program of study, visit the UNSW School of Education website.

Entry requirements

Students must meet the following selection requirements for entry to the Master of Education (Visual Arts Education):

  • A recognised Bachelor degree and a postgraduate teaching qualification (e.g. Graduate Diploma of Education or Master of Teaching).


  • A four year pre-service teacher education qualification, including professional experience, equivalent to the qualifications required for Graduate teacher status in NSW.

An applicant who submits evidence of other equivalent academic and professional qualifications may be permitted to enrol in the degree.


Our postgraduate programs in visual arts education will enhance your career options and professional advancement within a broad range of educational institutions including:

  • early childhood teaching
  • primary and secondary teaching
  • vocational and workplace teaching
  • tertiary teaching

Many of our graduates progress into specialist fields of education by developing and extending their understanding of a critical area of education.


Research pathways

Our visual arts education postgraduate program can be a gateway to higher research study.

If you are interested in pursuing a research career we encourage you to study research methodology and undertake a research project during your postgraduate course.

UNSW handbook

Degree program structure and academic rules information:

If you are a current student, please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you commenced your degree.

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