Welcome to this self-directed postgraduate programme

The Postgraduate Programme

This is a Self-directed Postgraduate Programme, where your planning, independent study and self-assessment are all essential elements of this course and collectively become the most important life skills you will acquire.

Attending tutorials, seminars, assessments and workshops

  • The attendance of Seminars, Assessments, individual tutorials, webinars and workshops are compulsory, all being essential elements of this Self-directed Postgraduate Programme.
  • Ensure you have read the MAET Rules and Regulations.
  • Your Supervisors are here to guide you, so it is important to attend every event.
  • If you are working, book the necessary days off work well in advance and have them marked in your calendar, to avoid last minute stress.
  • You will find it easier to progress with your projects, when you follow your Supervisor guidance and attend the skill-based tutorials, webinars and workshops.
  • Following supplementary seminar notes or peer notes are no substitute for attending in person.
  • Take notes of supervisor instructions and information, relying on memory alone is usually not enough. Bring a notebook with you.
  • Note down every course commitment such as tutorials, seminars, workshops and assessments.
  • Check emails regularly and reply if required.
  • Check the course website for dates (online calender) and all course information.
  • For Zoom protocol please read the information which you will be find in the last section on this page.

Attending seminars, tutorials and events within the Gordon Museum

  • Seminars, tutorials and events are at set times, please arrive in plenty of time.
  • NO food or drink is allowed to be consumed within the museum. Ensure you have eaten breakfast before you arrive, which will also give you energy for the day ahead, and take lunch and all other tea or coffee breaks outside so as not to disturb fellow students.
  • Hand sanitiser is available upon arrival at the museum, which you may use as often as you like.
  • Disposable gloves are available if required from the museum information desk.
  • Please ensure you wear a clean facemask if required and are socially distance aware.
  • Stay within your allocated room upon arrival i.e. no wandering around the museum.
  • Desks have been set out specifically within each room to ensure social distancing, please keep these desks in their pre-allocated positions.
  • If you wish to visit the museum at any other time, always ring beforehand to check and confirm your visit is possible, in case the museum is already at full capapcity with allocated visitor numbers.

Planning time for your study

  • Create a timetable using a weekly planner whether physical or digital – this is a Self-directed course.
  • Planners or diaries with times during the day, give you greater control as you can plan the week ahead at a glance.
  • We recommend setting aside at least two or three days study for the duration of your course.
  • Plan for specific goals such as your twice yearly Assessments, by working backwards in your planner, to give yourself enough time.

Create a routine for yourself – have a plan

  • Whether you are working part-time, freelance or full time, it is very important to reserve and allocate specific study time, to enable you to progress with your coursework.
  • For example you will need to allocate morning or day light hours when preparing artwork, especially if they are in traditional mediums such as watercolour.
  • Whereas Internet research for example may be undertaken at any time of the day.

Assignment goals

  • Inspire yourself – write a list of your goals at the beginning of this Self-directed course.
  • I would like to learn new skills
  • I would like to advance my skills to a higher level
  • I would like to become more focused
  • I would like to become more efficient using these skills
  • I would like to take every learning opportunity available on the course
  • I would like to improve my personal and professional development

Remove distractions

  • Keep distractions to a minimum, for example by:
  • Turning off your social media feeds
  • Turning off your phone during your study work time
  • Mute or turn off your group chats
  • Allocate a quiet workspace away from other house occupants or surrounding noise
  • Use earplugs if required
  • Break your projects down into sizeable amounts
  • Divide tasks into small work session say 30 to 45 minutes at a time
  • Select and set your self an obtainable number of small goals daily, say 2 or 3
  • For example: sourcing and purchasing a sable paint brush, trying out your brush on different papers, practicing with different colours and building up reference sheets
  • Create a list or a mind map for your planning and progress

Motivation and active learning

  • Not everyone feels motivated all of the time, which is why setting your-self goals, with a set routine for study time becomes really important. This is the essence of a Self-directed course.
  • For projects to advance quickly, we recommend actively engaging with your projects by learning new skills, researching and reading around your subject, relating them to your existing projects and integrating them into your every day work for professional development.

Moving forward – be organised

  • Make your own list for your project tasks and goals that you are aiming to achieve each day and for each week, building your long-term self-directed study schedule.
  • Progress comes by making gradual progress consistently.
  • Review your progress every week, in readiness for the week ahead.
  • When attending a seminar, ensure you bring with you all your ideas, research, drafts, ideas, concepts and current work for discussion. This avoids wasting important tutorial time looking for them.
  • Course fees – be organised and plan ahead with all your course fees making a note of the key dates you need to pay seminar fees by. Consider setting funds aside in advance each month. This is the responsibility of each student to ensure all fees are paid promptly and in full. All fees including the MAA Student membership fee are required to be up-to-date in advance of your Final Examination. 

Focus on the skill process

  • It is often hard to see the end result especially in the beginning, while you are focusing on the process and techniques required.
  • Keep to your study plan, allowing yourself plenty of time to practice and acquire your new skills, so as not to rush projects at the last minute.

Rest time

  • Making progress is also about having sufficient rest time to balance your study time.
  • Sleep and eat well – feed your brain!
  • Above all enjoy the course!

Zoom protocol

  • All attendees for zoom tutorials, seminars and webinars will only ever receive a zoom invitation via an MAET supervisor.
  • All webinars require formal Registration through the MAET website in order to receive an invitation to an event.
  • Close unneeded applications before signing in.
  • Before joining a zoom event (seminar, tutorial, webinar or similar) ensure your computer audio and camera are set ‘on’ under either ‘settings’ or ‘system preferences’ in order that you can be seen and heard.
  • Use a headset to help reduce external noise and support your hearing and/or speaking.
  • If your ‘camera/video’ is not enabled, leave the ‘room’ check your settings and re-join the room once enabled, alternatively use another device such as your phone.
  • Any participant who removes their visual camera/video option will be removed from the event ‘room’ by the supervisor, unless express temporary visual loss has been approved in advance by your supervisor.
  • Participants will be held in the ‘waiting room’ until the supervisor begins the session.
  • Once the session has begun you may mute your microphone, as this can help eliminate background noise that distract other attendees.
  • All participants are required to be seen, be present and participate positively with the session.
  • You may use the ‘raise your hand’ function if you wish to speak.
  • You may also ask questions by using the ‘chat’ feature, which can be found in the centre at the bottom of your screen.
  • Students are not permitted to record or otherwise ‘capture’ the content of any tutorial, seminar, webinar or similar MAET event.
  • In the event where the MAET may wish to record an event, the participants present will be informed and their consent requested.
  • Under no circumstances may any MAET events be attended by any unregistered persons.
  • Under no circumstances may any event content be circulated to a third party, whether these be recordings or any selected supportive material prepared and subsequently added to the MAET ‘Student corner’.
  • Where express permission has been given beforehand by your supervisor for you to record for example a tutorial or part of a tutorial, then any recording permission is given only on the basis that it is for your own private study as a resource and will be deleted when no longer required or upon course completion.
  • Remember to sign out and leave the meeting or leave when requested to do so by your supervisor.
  • Attendees who do not follow the above rules will be removed from the event ‘room’.

Mentors – In Course 

  • Each new student (from October 2021) will be allocated a mentor, being a current student. They will be able to support you by giving positive and constructive course guidance. 

Mentors – Post Course

  • Completing the course and then being ‘out there’, possibly on your own if you have gone freelance, may be a daunting prospect.
  • MAET Supervisors may be contacted if you require post-course mentoring, for advice, support and continuity. Support will be primarily for project advice and techniques, alongside a personal supportive role. You will be advised, should another professional be required relating to your enquiry, for example an accountant. 
  • Mentors will not be able to supply you with work or client contacts.
  • All Supervisors are freelance, so will charge for their time. Charges will depend on the time you require, allow in the region of £50per hour.
  • Please email the Director of Education, who will link you with an available mentor.