This Post Graduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary Art & Design course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.
You will be taught by staff with national reputations as experts in the field of art and design in education, and together you will examine a range of pedagogical approaches to art teaching. We train you to be high quality, flexible teachers.
Our incredible purpose-built art and design studios with extensive resources and equipment will provide the setting for you to address all aspects of secondary art and design, including specialist expertise in areas such as digital art, textiles, photography, ceramics, printmaking, painting, drawing, contemporary and historical studies.
University-based teaching is through a series of lectures, practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge.
Sessions may include:
- participating in workshop style sessions with your peers, including joint sessions with PGCE Design and Technology trainees
- attending presentations by subject experts
- working on tasks in groups
- having individual tutorials
- visits to schools or other education settings
- visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest, such as the Pitt Rivers, MERL and Reading Museum
- writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies
These learning activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.
You will benefit from our collaborations with a range of arts organisations such as Freelands Foundation and NSEAD. We regularly invite visitors from examination boards to talk about working with exam boards, marking and moderating. We have strong links with the University’s School of Arts and Communication Design.
We also have an artist in residence (ceramics) who works with students on all of our programmes. We work closely with our partnership schools, and have alumni regularly bringing school groups in, such as The Emmbrook School who visit every year for The Big Draw.
Alongside the University tutors, you will be taught and guided by a team of committed and experienced University-trained school mentors.
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