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Secondary Education: Art and Design PGDE

Secondary Education: Art and Design PGDE

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Full time


36 weeks

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGDE - Professional Graduate Diploma in Education

Subject areas

Craft Design And Technology (Cdt Teaching / Training Arts & Crafts / Communication / Performing Arts Teaching / Training Secondary Schools (General) Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course?

As a teacher of art and design, you’ll be responsible for uncovering the creative spark in each and every student you teach. You’ll open young people’s eyes to endless creative possibilities and show them new means by which they can express themselves. Overall, you’ll be responsible for nurturing talent in the creatives of tomorrow.

Studying on the PGDE (Secondary) Art & Design course is a rewarding and absorbing experience and our students go on to enjoy busy careers where their skills are in great demand due to the reputation for high quality which the University of Strathclyde enjoys within the teaching profession.

Worldwide qualification

This course is a professional training course which qualifies you to teach secondary education. The qualification is recognised throughout the world and is regulated by :

  • the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)
  • the Scottish Government.

What you'll learn

This course will equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you require.

While on campus you'll attend two general teaching classes:

  • Educational Perspectives & Policies
  • Principles, Policies & Practice

Educational Perspectives and Policies will develop your understanding of educational issues in a broader intellectual context while Principles and Policy in Practice is the companion module to Educational Perspective and Policies. It shares a focus on critical professional engagement informed by educational research and theory. Tutorials for both classes provide the opportunity to work with students from different subjects and from within the primary sector.

Subject specific classes are known as Creative Contexts for Learning (CCL). Here, you’ll learn about pedagogical approaches specific to art and design with a highly experienced tutor.

The course also has links with several leading professionals in the world of art and design teaching, who deliver school related aspects for the course. You’ll work with a wide range of materials and methods to show you how you can harness your passion to engage young people. This time is used to familiarise you with the curriculum, allow you to collaborate with students, and begin to plan lessons, develop materials, and teach mini-lessons and to learn innovative and motivating ways to deliver the curriculum effectively.

You'll also complete a Professional Specialism (PS) module which can be self-directed or comprised of on-campus classes which aims to allow you to develop your knowledge in an educational area of particular interest.


A degree in education will equip you for a range of careers working with children and young people.

Most of our PGDE graduates go on to work as teachers in secondary schools across the country.

Secondary School Teachers in Scotland use the Curriculum for Excellence framework. They work with their class to develop skills and abilities, and encourage the pupils to expand their knowledge and understanding further.


This is the companion class to Educational Perspective and Policies. It shares a focus on critical professional engagement informed by educational research and theory.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

An honours degree with a clear focus on art and/or design, that has been validated by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom or a degree of an equivalent standard from an institution outside the United Kingdom the degree must have at least 80 credits covering both fine art and design from a range of the following practical subjects (a maximum of 20 credits may come from Digital Art/Design or Photography): Drawing Painting Sculpture Printmaking Textiles Photography Environmental Art practical studio experience as a core part of undergraduate degree your degree must reflect breadth and depth in art and design practice rather than a purely theoretical, philosophical or historical focus on fine art or design familiar with and be able to use art and design technology Higher (SCQF Level 6) English Grade C or above* National 5 (SCQF Level 5) Mathematics Grade C or above** As well as academic qualifications, you will need to demonstrate: evidence that you have experience of working with children in a secondary school setting or related context an understanding of modern secondary education an ability to relate to people.

University information

The University of Strathclyde were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the highest national honour awarded to our sector. They are transforming our campus to create a first -class working learning environment. Their new £31 million Strathclyde Sport building provides a range of sport and wellbeing facilities for students, staff and the local community. The Centre offers state-of-the art training facilities, including a 25-metre swimming...more

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