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
Having studied in the UK and Europe Michael Burkitt is dedicated to leading arts education and advocating its power. In 2013 Burkitt painted the then secretary of state for education Michael Gove MP handing over his art collection to the artist. In this imagined scene Burkitt 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.
For seven years Michael has been a Lecturer in Art & Design working across a range of disciplines at Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 in Further and Higher Education.
Having established the Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media at John Leggott College, Michael moved on to teach in inner city London before migrating to Brazil to lead the first ever Foundation Diploma in Art & Design in Latin America at the British School of Creative Arts (EBAC). When designing Foundation curriculum Michael's focus is how to incubate innovative ideas, structure critical thinking and establish toolkits for creativity.
Burkitt 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 Burkitt considers the specialist teaching embedded in Art & Design education and the power of feedback to enhance student centered learning.
Working closely with a team of expert educational consultants throughout the UK to provide CPD with Andrell Education, Burkitt 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.
Currently Michael is the Young Artists Programme Manager at the Royal Drawing School, working closely with alumni tutors to deliver weekend provision for young people between the aged 10-18.
During COVID-19 Michael is offering remote educational intervention designed to support students unsure about applying for Foundation or Higher Education at this challenging time.
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