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Broaden your knowledge and experience in participatory practice. Choose the course that fits your career stage, whether you are an aspiring artist or an experienced practitioner looking for a postgraduate qualification. Develop your career within this exciting and rewarding field of work.

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We offer a range of short courses for artists and media practitioners who work in, or aspire to work in, settings such as education, youth work, community, health and criminal justice. 

Within specific settings, the courses cover a whole range of art forms: dance, drama and music; film, media and cultural studies; glass and ceramics; TV, video and new media; design; fine art; photography; radio.

The courses are at four levels: non-accredited (12 learning hours), Level 4 (10 credits – 100 learning hours), Level 6 (20 credits – 200 learning hours) and Level 7 (30 credits – 300 learning hours). You can select the course that fits your career stage, whether you are an aspiring artist just embarking on training or an experienced practitioner looking for a postgraduate qualification.

By the end of your selected course you will have broadened your knowledge and experience in participatory practice. This will enable you to develop your career within this exciting and rewarding field of work.

Download: ArtWorks North East short courses: additional information (.pdf)

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Why us?

  • A major attraction of the courses is the quality of the teaching team, which includes over 20 experienced arts practitioners and university lecturers across the whole range of arts and media disciplines
  • Ask us about possible free places and fee waivers as part of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation special initiative 'ArtWorks: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings'

Course structure

This series of courses forms part of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation special initiative to support the continuing professional development of artists working in participatory settings. 

The courses will be co-delivered by an exceptional team of over 20 experienced arts practitioners and university lecturers across the whole range of arts and media disciplines. For more information, please see the ‘Additional Information’ attachment for this course.

Assessment for accredited courses is through a mixture of written, practical and oral assessments.

Each course starts with two sessions on core principles, then two more sessions on contexts (you will choose from education, youth work, community, health, criminal justice and cross-contextual). Each of these sessions will last for three hours.

After this, there are additional activities/seminars for the accredited short courses. If you choose to study at a higher Level (4, 6 or 7), you will undertake a greater number of activities and the expectations for assessment will be increasingly sophisticated.

The courses are as follows:


  • PAR001 - Artists Working in Education Settings
  • PAR002 - Artists Working in Youth Work Settings
  • PAR003 - Artists Working in Community Settings
  • PAR004 - Artists Working in Health Settings
  • PAR005 - Artists Working in Criminal Justice Settings
  • PAR006 - Artists Working in Cross-Contextual Settings


  • PAR101 - Participatory Arts in Education Settings
  • PAR102 - Participatory Arts in Youth Work Settings
  • PAR103 - Participatory Arts in Community Settings
  • PAR104 - Participatory Arts in Health Settings
  • PAR105 - Participatory Arts in Criminal Justice Settings
  • PAR106 - Participatory Arts in Cross-Contextual Settings
  • PAR301 - Participatory Arts
  • PARM02 - Participatory Arts Live Project
  • The Department of Glass and Ceramics is based in the National Glass Centre, a nationally recognised glass production and exhibition centre with world-class production facilities and a programme of international exhibitions and creative projects.

    Studying here puts you at the heart of an international network of professionals in the glass and ceramics sector. You will be exposed to the most modern techniques in glass and ceramics art, with access to world-class production facilities. Through the Centre’s visiting artists and designers programme, you will have the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned, high-profile artists currently working in the glass and ceramics field. You will also be given access to and the opportunity to work on cutting-edge contemporary exhibitions to help launch your career. National Glass Centre is also home to the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, which has a long history of showing cutting edge contemporary art.

    National Glass Centre
  • Sage Gateshead is the home of this course. It is a renowned centre for music and musical discovery that offers both performance and participation projects. Its excellent facilities include:

    • 25-room Music Education Centre
    • Rehearsal space
    • Two auditoria with outstanding acoustics
    Sage Gateshead


Seminars, workshops and activities are delivered at various cultural locations around Tyne and Wear.

Locations include Sage Gateshead, BALTIC, National Glass Centre, Live Theatre and Gateshead Old Town Hall.

Entry requirements

All candidates who wish to take one of these short courses must have a desire to work within participatory arts as well as appropriate experience for their chosen Level.

For accredited courses, we typically require appropriate qualifications. We will also consider applications from those who don’t have formal qualifications but have the potential to succeed in the courses.

For courses at Level 7 we also require up-to-date DBS clearance as there is an element of working with young people.

Fees and finance

Tuition fees are as follows:

  • Non-accredited courses £50.00
  • Level 4 (10 credits) £333.50
  • Level 6 (20 credits) £667.00
  • Level 7 (30 credits) £775.00

Please ask us about possible fee waivers and free places.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

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