The key aim of this programme is to enable students to become confident, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers of art and design. The programme provides opportunities for students to explore the theory and practice of art and design education through a range of lectures, workshops and tutorials, and to develop their expertise in the classroom through two school placements.
The course will provide students with an awareness of the theoretical foundations of the subject, of strategies for teaching and learning in art and design and of current issues surrounding art and design education. Workshops will enable students to explore a range of practical processes including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, photography and digital art. Regular tutorials enable students to receive individual support from tutors. Lecturers on the programme are experienced teachers of art and design and active researchers in the field of art and design education, while visiting artists offer workshops in specific processes.
Your school experience and your university-based learning are assessed throughout the year. A detailed profile document is given to you early in the programme and is used to record your developing ability to meet the Professional Standards for the award of QTS. Completing the profile is a collaborative exercise involving you, your Roehampton subject tutor and your school mentor. The profile draws on a wide range of evidence, including university- and school-based activities, your school experience file and, of course, the teaching carried out in the classroom.
The PGCE Secondary course is also assessed by means of three assignments. These are closely linked to your work in schools and are designed to encourage reflection on practical and theoretical perspectives underpinning effective and reflective teaching and learning.
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