Education - Art & Design Education - Post Primary Teaching

Course Outline
The Professional Master of Education (Art and Design) is a new two-year, full-time Level 9 postgraduate professional teacher education programme offered jointly by C.I.T., Crawford College of Art & Design (C.I.T. C.C.A.D.) and U.C.C. 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 their 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 C.I.T. the C.C.A.D. and U.C.C., 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 schools and tutored by specialist C.I.T., C.C.A.D. and U.C.C. staff in nurturing their professional identity as teachers.

The PME - Art and Design is a two-year, 120 credit Level 9 programme leading to a professional teaching qualification, in post-primary education upon Registration with the Teaching Council. It is offered jointly by C.I.T., C.C.A.D. and U.C.C. and is organised in partnership with second-level schools, normally located within a 50 km (30 mile) radius of Cork city. As part of their University programme, some students are required to undertake placement and training that involve dealing directly with patients, clients or service users. This programme is subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found : Policy. Students will be required to start in their school placement anytime from 19th August onwards 2019.

Deferrals are not permitted on this programme.
At the end 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 secondary-level school. You will have gained practical experience in two contrasting school settings, and will have developed your ability to respond flexibly to the diverse and changing needs of students aged from 12 to 18 years. 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.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have as a minimum requirement a H 2:2 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. See Requirements for full details.

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

In the case of overseas applicants, you will need to get clarification from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (formerly NQAI) regarding your degree.

Teaching Subjects have discipline-specific requirements and prospective applicants are advised to check the requirements for a specific subject area by consulting the following:

Curricular Subject Requirements Registration: Registration

Subject Declaration Forms Link (including a self-assessment checklist of whether you meet the requirements for your subject area): Subject Forms

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.

We hope to have the form on-line shortly to complete as part of your application. Please complete and upload the Subject Declaration Form as part of your application process.

Eligible applicants will also be interviewed.

Interviews are expected to be held in April 2020 and May 2020.

This programme requires applicants to undergo a Garda Vetting process which will be conducted through the UCC Admissions Office with the successful applicants. 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. U.C.C. 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.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Applicants wishing to pursue the PME are now eligible to apply for the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) from the Department of Social Protection.

Website: Department of Social Welfare: Back to Education.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Subjects taught

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 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)

Foundational Themes in Education (5 credits)

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

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.


2 years full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: Lectures will start week of 31/08/2020.

Closing Date: 20th March 2020.

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