This challenging and forward-looking PGCE course will encourage you to relate art, craft and design education to contemporary art practice. It has a strong reputation for promoting innovation in education theory, practice and policy. The PGCE course provides excellent studio space and facilities, including a computing suite where you will learn about how information and communications technology (ICT) is used in art and design education.
Through seminars and studio-based activities, you will study the concepts, processes and skills of art, craft and design. You will share your knowledge and understanding with other student teachers, and consider how it relates to the secondary curriculum. Towards the end of the PGCE, you will build on your own practice by initiating a curriculum development project, and at a final exhibition, you will be able to display pieces of your work that represent your personal philosophy for art and design education.
Your personal tutor will lead seminars and provide individual guidance, and a lecture programme featuring nationally and internationally renowned speakers will address contemporary issues in education. The programme emphasises the relevance of contemporary art, craft and design practice in understanding different cultural traditions. The course has strong links and partnerships with galleries and museums, which will enable you to analyse and reflect on current debates.
You will undertake two school placements during your PGCE training and these will be at two of our excellent alliance schools. Including: Alexandra Park School, Fortismere School, Woodside High School, Friern Barnet School, Park View School, Duke's Aldridge Academy, Highgate Wood School, Mill Hill County High and Christ's College Finchley.
UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in every criterion across Primary and Secondary Education.
All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.
This programme follows the exact same structure as the PGCE route and awards the PGCE and QTS. The only difference is that students apply directly via UCAS to the school or alliance and are recruited to a vacancy at that alliance. They will still attend the same university lectures.
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