The Art and Design PGCE is a challenging and forward-looking programme which prepares students to teach across the 11–16 age range, encouraging them 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.
This programme aims to inform and inspire, to challenge orthodoxies and encourage a freshness of vision. It provides support and guidance for learning and teaching in art and design, identifying strategies to motivate and engage pupils in making, discussing and evaluating visual and material culture.
The IOE provides excellent studio space and facilities for Art and Design, including a computing suite where students can learn how technology is used in art and design education. The programme also has strong links with galleries, museums and other sites for learning, which are recognised as an important resource for engaging students in cultural and social issues.
Through seminars and studio-based activities, students will study the concepts, processes and skills of art, craft and design, sharing their knowledge and understanding with other student teachers and consider how it relates to the secondary curriculum. Towards the end of the PGCE, students will build on their own practice by initiating a curriculum development project, culminating in the display of their own work in a final exhibition that represents their personal philosophy for art and design education.
The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level (level 7) modules, which are assessed through both visual and written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools, associated tasks and a portfolio. The programme is delivered via a programme of subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, ‘Debates in Education’ and directed study days at UCL, as well as time spent in placements.
You will spend two-thirds of your time (120 days) in schools, working with art and design mentors who support you through your two school placements. We are fortunate to have a good choice of schools with whom we work, with some outstanding mentors and strong art and design departments.