Art & Design - Post Primary Teaching - Crawford College of Art & Design & UCC

MTU - Crawford College of Art & Design Cork

Art & Design - Post Primary Teaching - Crawford College of Art & Design & UCC

The Professional Master of Education (Art and Design) (PME (Art and Design)) is a two-year, full-time Level 9 postgraduate professional teacher education programme offered jointly by CIT Crawford College of Art & Design and University College, Cork, that leads to a professional qualification as post-primary teacher of Art and Design.

It is recognised and accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purpose of registration as a post-primary teacher of Art and Design in Ireland and the EU. The programme integrates three strands of study.

Firstly, it involves the student in direct teaching of Art and Design through two, year-long school placements.

Secondly, students attend a range of art and design workshops and lectures that broaden the student’s subject knowledge to meet the demands of the post-primary Art and Design curricula along with exploring Art and Design Pedagogy.

Thirdly, students attend lectures and tutorials at both CIT CCAD and UCC, which develop student teachers’ requisite professional knowledge, skills, understanding and competences.

During the two-year PME (Art and Design) programme, students are introduced to best practice in teaching, learning and educational research with special emphasis on meeting the diverse needs of learners, on the curriculum and on current issues in education. Students are encouraged to integrate educational theory and practice through extensive reflection on their own professional classroom practice. They are supported in their development by experienced teachers in school and tutored by specialist CIT CCAD and UCC staff in nurturing their professional identity as teachers.

Further information regarding the programme and application process can also be located here:

Subjects taught

The PME (Art and Design) is a two-year, 120 credit Level 9 programme leading to a professional teaching qualification. It is offered jointly by MTU CCAD and UCC and is organised in partnership with second-level schools, normally located within a 50 km (30 mile) radius of Cork city.

On successful completion of the programme, you will have acquired the professional knowledge, the diverse subject knowledge, the understanding and skills that you need to teach Art and Design in a second-level school. You will have gained practical experience in two contrasting school settings, and developed your ability to respond flexibly to the diverse and changing needs of students aged 12 to 18. You will have been challenged, encouraged and invited to question your beliefs and assumptions about the purpose of education, the nature of teaching and learning and the role of the teacher in the 21st century.

In Year 1, students undertake 60 credits of learning:

School-Placement related activity [30 credits] i.e. School Placement of Art and Design 1 (20 credits) and Research and Professional Experiences portfolio (10 credits)

Practice, Curriculum and Pedagogy of Art and Design [10 credits]; i.e. Curriculum-related Art and Design Practice (5 credits) and The Teaching of Art and Design (5 credits)

Foundation Studies [20 credits] i.e Philosophy and History of Education (5 credits), Psychology and Sociology of Education (5 credits); Inclusion-Special Educational Needs and Multicultural Education (5 credits), and Curriculum and Assessment (5 credits)

In Year 2, students undertake a further 60 credits of learning:

School placement-related activity [35 credits] i.e. School Placement of Art and Design 2 (30 credits) and Collaborative Seminar: examining contemporary issues in Irish schools (5 credits)

Critical Art and Design Pedagogy i.e. The Teaching of Art and Design 2 (5 credits)

Literacy and Numeracy Development in the Post Primary Classroom (5 credits)

Designing Curriculum and Assessment for the Contemporary Classroom (5 credits)

Research in Art and Design Education – PME Professional Research Paper in Education (10 credits)

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the programme description above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar UCC, for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements:

Candidates must have, as a minimum requirement, a H2.2 primary degree in a Fine Art or Design discipline(s) or equivalent (for example Degree + Masters that is recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland as qualifying you to teach Art and Design at post-primary level upon registration with the Teaching Council. In some cases, equivalent qualifications that are recognised by the Teaching Council for the teaching of Art and Design may be considered. You can get further relevant information on their website or by emailing or by calling +353 (0)1 651 7900 or LoCall 1890 224 224

Please be advised the Teaching Council does not pre-assess qualifications for individuals who are applying for the PME Art & Design and it is up to applicants to self-assess their qualifications to ensure they meet the requirements for the PME Art & Design providers and the Teaching Council.

Please refer to the website: The Teaching Council Subject Registration Requirements:

Eligible applicants will also be interviewed, which includes the viewing of a portfolio of extracts from your art, design, or craft portfolio and sketchbook. These extracts should come from your undergraduate studies (and if applicable, any other subsequent creative work) for review by the panel and contain:

Sketchbooks - showing research and conceptual sketches of your own work, representing the stages of your creative processes,
Observational Drawing
Work from your Degree Year - (if Degree is pending, work in progress will suffice). Examples of MA work or work since graduation can also be included, if applicable.

Further details of the portfolio requirements regarding quantity and format, will be sent out with the interview invitation.

As part of the interview, eligible applicants will also be required to complete a written task. This will be a response to a set question relating to art and design practice, process and educational contexts. This task will be provided to you on the day of the interview and is usually completed within one hour.

Interviews are expected to be held in March 2024 and April 2024

Garda Vetting
This programme requires applicants to undergo a Garda Vetting process. This requirement is due to the mandatory external placement element of the programme which will bring the applicant into contact with children or vulnerable adults and in which they will assume positions of trust. In the Republic of Ireland responsibility for the vetting of all personnel working in a full-time, part-time or in a voluntary capacity with children or vulnerable adults, lies with the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) which is located in Thurles. University College Cork (UCC), the co-ordinating institution of the joint award PME Art and Design, has engaged with the GCVU to develop liaison mechanisms which will aid the Garda Vetting process. Commencement of school placement and registration on the programme are subject to full compliance with the University’s policy, practice and requirements in respect of Garda Vetting.


120 ECTS


2 years full-time

No. of weeks per semester: 12
No. of timetable hours week
Year 1: 8 - 10
Year 2: 6 - 7
Which days: Monday to Friday
Duration: Four semesters


EU Applicants: €10,800

Please note that these fees are payable to UCC. e-mail:

Enrolment dates

Lectures will start week of 4th September 2023

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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