PG Cert Learning & Teaching

Key Facts


Programme Overview


PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching. All GSA degrees are validated by the University of Glasgow, a Russell Group institution in the top 1% of the world’s universities.

Programme Leader
Professor Vicky Gunn | Head of Learning and Teaching 

Programme Overview

N.B. This programme is currently undergoing a major programme amendment process. It is anticipated that the revised programme will be launched in academic session 2017-18. Information will be published on this page in due course. Should you have any questions in relation to the programme amendment please contact  

The purpose of the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Creative Practices) is to enable staff in UK HEIs and related professional fields to develop their knowledge and skills of teaching practice in higher education in the creative disciplines. This PgCert is specifically built around the concept of the critically reflective practitioner. The programme encourages students to engage with the principles of student-centred learning and major concepts and theories of learning and teaching. It asks students to reflect on their own role and practice in teaching and supporting students in a changing higher education environment, and facilitates the development of an individual programme of Continuous Professional Development.

The focus of the PgCert is the translation and application of generic pedagogical research to the creative practices, as well as the introduction to and exploration of research in the pedagogy of creative practices in higher education. This approach will be especially relevant to teachers and support staff working in art schools and other creative practice environments. Students are encouraged to learn from each other and through reflection on practice to achieve a deep learning experience that is relevant for the creative practices and/or studio environment. Teaching observations and action research projects aim to provide opportunities for experiential learning, while lectures and seminars facilitate theoretical learning. The PgCert explicitly facilitates a dialogue between theoretical and practical learning, as well as experimentation in practice.

The programme is accredited by the Higher Educationa Academy (HEA) under the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and allows successful competes the opportunity to be reocgnise as Associate Fellows of the HEA (exit at course 1), or Fellows of the HEA (completeion of the full programme). 

For more information about applying to the programme click here. Application deadline for this programme is the 30th of November 2017.