2016 PGCE - Lifelong Learning - Huddersfield University, UK
2009 MA Contemporary Fine Art Practice, Leeds Beckett University
2007 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Leeds Beckett University
2006 Hogeskool Voor De Kunsten Utrecht, NL
2004 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Leeds Arts University
Michael studied in the UK and Europe and as a result has dedicated 8 years to leading arts education and advocating its power. Michael lectures in Art & Design, working across a range of disciplines at Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 in Further and Higher Education. He has four years experience in Programme Management and is a trained Arts Award Advisor.
Having established the Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media at John Leggott College, Michael moved on to teach in inner city London at Lambeth College, before migrating to Brazil to lead the first ever Foundation Diploma in Art & Design in Latin America at Escola Britânica de Artes Criativas (EBAC).
When designing Foundation curriculum Michael's focus is how to incubate innovative ideas, structure critical thinking and establish inclusive toolkits for creativity. Something he later developed closely with alumni tutors for Young Artists at The Royal Drawing School. Here Michael was a Child Safeguarding Lead and trained a pool of artists to deliver exciting drawing workshops at The National Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and Ashmolean.
Working closely with a team of expert educational consultants throughout the UK to provide CPD with Andrell Education in 2010, Michael began to recognise the importance of education in society and the impact it has on the lives of each and every individual. His time travelling the country visiting primary schools and speaking with headteachers and teachers made him aware of the pressures from central government on schools that can limit children’s opportunities to explore their creativity.
Consequently a fire was lit inside him to advocate creative arts education and devote his time to ensuring that the arts are not underestimated in their ability to change the world, include everyone and embed language, maths and ICT.
In 2013 Michael painted the then secretary of state for education, Michael Gove MP, handing over his art collection to the artist. In this imagined scene he was creating a visual for a proposal the painting represented. Burkitt challenged Gove to put his art where his mouth was; if art has no value, Burkitt would happily relieve the MP of his personal art collection. The painting was exhibited at the Art Party Conference in 2013 where Burkitt joined artists from across the world to better advocate the arts to government.
Michael delivered his pedagogical research at the University of Huddersfield in 2015 with a conference paper titled: We 'must try harder' with critique. In this work he considers the specialist teaching embedded in Art & Design education and the power of feedback to enhance student centered learning.