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Faculty of Culture, Creative and Performing Arts

Department of Creative and Performing Arts


MA Creative Arts - Arts Educator

About the Programme

The MA in Creative Arts examines the practices, discourses, literature, communities and institutions pertaining to the arts in the Caribbean. It combines knowledge of the arts and culture, arts education, and sustainable community development with technological, entrepreneurial and management skills.

The students who undertake to major in the Arts Educator track will investigate the role of creativity in the Arts and understand the variety of roles for the arts educator. The course provides a full experience of creative arts in action through visits to arts education settings such as schools, galleries and museums and interact with cultural organisations that collaborate with the Faculty. Those who major in this track will actively engage in the pedagogical issues relating to the teaching of the Arts in the Caribbean. In this regard, the track is suitable for those interested in teaching in both formal and informal settings across the Caribbean.

What Will I Study?

Students will learn
  • the dynamics of the creative process and artistic production;
  • the pedagogy related to education of artists;
  • how to create, manage, organize and lead artistic programs at schools, government agencies; cultural organisations, community groups and art institutions;
  • how to promote art, enhance artistic skills, raise funds, manage budgets, and develop arts and cultural programmes.



Facilities and Resources

The Faculty boasts state of the art facilities, including an art gallery, cinematheque, rehearsal room, performance centre, dance studio, computer lab, and pedagogical centre. The Walcott Warner Theatre is a multipurpose facility suited for all types of events, and seating up to 252 persons.

Apart from teaching, our facilities can also be booked for film screenings, meetings, workshops, seminars, lectures, event rehearsals. Features such as grand or upright pianos, AV equipment, sound and lighting are available on request.  Learn how to book any of our facilities »


Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities include:

  • Artiste
  • Arts Teacher
  • Art Administrator and Manager
  • Art Entrepreneur
  • Arts Researcher
  • Work in the Cultural Industries
  • Cultural Policy maker.

Why Study in Barbados

An internationally accredited graduate programme providing international students with a unique and exciting experience of the creative arts in the Caribbean.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MA
  • Duration: 1 year Full-Time; 2 years Part-Time



“I truly enjoyed my tenure at the UWI EBCCI for both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. Most valuable to me is the long lasting connections I’ve made with fellow students and staff at centre. Lasting memories sit with me from my time at EBCCI.” Olivia Russell, MA Creative Arts (Arts Educator), Class of 2020

Programme Details

The Master of Arts Creative Arts - Arts Educator Specialisation

For the award of the MA Creative Arts (Arts Educator Specialisation) degree, students must successfully complete 36 credits of courses as follows:

I. Compulsory/Core Courses (27 credits)
ARTS 6000   Aesthetics, Theory and Criticism – 3 cr
ARTS 6001   Theorising Caribbean Art – 3 cr
ARTS 6002 Theories of Learning in the Arts – 3 cr
ARTS 6003 Curriculum Design in the Arts– 3 cr
ARTS6004 Critical Pedagogy in the Arts—3 cr
ARTS 6005 Community Arts—3 cr
ARTS 6012 Approved Professional Practice – 3 cr
ARTS 6900 Research Methods in the Arts—3 cr
One (1) three-credit course chosen from the Arts Entrepreneur Specialisation—3 cr
II. Research Paper (9 credits)
Either ARTS 6920 Research paper – 9 cr  OR
Nine (9) credits from Studio Arts Specialisation Tracks –9 cr

*Not all electives are offered every year.

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Admission to the MA degree in Creative Arts is selective and based upon an evaluation of all application materials submitted by the candidate. Previous academic records, prior work experience and evidence of maturity and motivation are among the factors to be evaluated during the admission process. Applicants should hold accredited undergraduate degrees or equivalent diplomas. The programme has diverse expectations concerning undergraduate education. Most applicants will have academic or professional experience in the arts, which may range from undergraduate majors in the arts, to students whose arts experience is outside traditional university training, but which demonstrates genuine accomplishment and progressively important professional experience in midlevel management of an arts organisation or agency. Applicants seeking admission will demonstrate a high level of achievement, creative ability, professional character, leadership qualities and initiative.

In some unusual cases, incoming students who do not meet the usual entry requirements will be asked to present a detailed professional curriculum vitae and Professional Portfolio providing evidence of professional achievement, knowledge, expertise and increasing professional experience and responsibility throughout one’s career.

Applicants to the Arts Educator concentration should have experience as a teacher and demonstrate proficiency in one of the creative arts.

Department of Creative and Performing Arts
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