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Art and Design - Secondary PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Arts & Crafts / Communication / Performing Arts Teaching / Training Art & Design Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

This postgraduate qualification gives you the tools to build a successful career in teaching while providing a holistic view of the profession; you will look at the child, curriculum and teacher. 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. During school placements, students benefit from working alongside experienced teachers of art and design. Students have opportunities to observe excellent teaching before experimenting with approaches to teaching and learning across the secondary age range, during which time they are supervised and supported by teachers and tutors.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The Professional Studies module provides a unifying strand to the programme as a whole and ensures that the subjects are placed in a whole-school and education system context. All teachers, regardless of their subject specialism, are first and foremost teachers per se, and must demonstrate professionalism and the skills of reflective practice; the PS module aims to define these concepts and to tackle the generic aspects of being a professional and reflective teacher. This is done in a deliberate and cross-curricular way, bringing together students from across the range of subject disciplines whilst focusing and building on the students? own experiences in school. In this way, they benefit from both specialist subject support and from the range of perspectives applicable to other subjects.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Students need to pay £9,250 per year for 2018 entry. There will be a slight increase in 2019 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Students need to pay £13,520 per year for 2018 entry. There will be a slight increase in 2019 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to hold and be able to provide certificated evidence of having an undergraduate degree conferred by a United Kingdom higher education institution or an equivalent qualification. Most successful applicants will have a 2:2 degree classification or better. Relevant experience includes work with children or young people, or work developing your knowledge, skills and experience relevant to the subject you wish to teach. Have achieved at least a grade C or above in both Mathematics and English Language GCSEs (or approved equivalents). The department welcomes graduates from a range of backgrounds such as those with digital making skills, industry experience, practical experience of software development or a degree in computer science. The University hopes to offer a preliminary subject knowledge enhancement course for graduates in other subjects without programming experience.

University information

Located in south-west London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The University has a history dating back over 175 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more

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