Education - Art & Design Education - Post Primary Teaching

University College Cork

Education - Art & Design Education - Post Primary Teaching

Course Outline

Our Professional Master of Education in Art & Design is a new two-year full-time professional teacher education programme offered jointly by UCC's School of Education and the Munster Technological University (MTU) Crawford College of Art & Design (CCAD).

This Professional Master of Education (PME) leads to a professional qualification as a 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 both Ireland and the EU.

The programme integrates three strands of study:

The practice of teaching Art and Design through two school placements - one per year of the programme;

Workshop attendance to broaden subject knowledge and meet the demands of the post-primary Art and Design curricula along with exploring Art and Design Pedagogy;

Lecture and tutorial attendance, at MTU, CCAD, and UCC. These lectures develop the requisite professional knowledge, skills, understanding and competencies of the student-teacher.

During the two-year PME (Art & Design) programme, you will be introduced to best practice in teaching, learning and educational research with special emphasis placed 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 MTU, CCAD, and UCC staff in nurturing their professional identity as teachers.

Placement Information

The PME-Art and Design programme is organised in partnership with second-level schools, normally located within a 50 km (30 miles) radius of Cork city. Please note given its nature this programme is subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy.

Year 1

In Year 1 the responsibility for securing a placement school rests with the student. A school placement should not be secured until students have been offered a place on the programme. After an interview by the school, students are contracted until the end of the school year to carry out their teaching placement in the school where their school placement forms were signed. Students must ensure that there is a minimum of twelve students in their placement class groups for supervision purposes.

Year 2

To proceed to School Placement in Year 2 students must have passed the Year 1 placement. Each student in expected to have a contrasting placement experience in a different school context for Year 2. The placement school for Year 2 will again be selected by the student but the choice will be mediated and approved by the Head of Arts in Health and Education (MTU).

Subjects taught

Year 1 Core Modules (60 credits):

School Placement-Related Activity

ED6322 School Placement I (20 credits)

ED6331 School Placement: Research and Professional Experiences Portfolio A (5 credits)

ED6332 School Placement: Research and Professional experiences Portfolio B (5 credits)

Practice, Curriculum, and Pedagogy of Art & Design

ED6323 The Teaching of Art and Design (5 credits)

ED6324 Curriculum-related Art and Design Practice (5 credits)

Foundation Studies

ED6301 Philosophy and History of Education (5 credits),

ED6302 Introduction to Psychology and Sociology of Education (5 credits);

ED6303 Curriculum and Assessment (5 credits)

ED6306 Inclusion-Special Educational Needs and Multicultural Education (5 credits)

Year 2 Core Modules (60 credits):

School Placement-Related Activity

ED6358 School Placement II (30 credits)

ED6341 Collaborative Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Irish Schools (5 credits)

ED6354 Literacy and Numeracy Development in the Post-Primary Classroom (5 credits)

ED6362 Designing Curriculum and Assessment for the Contemporary Classroom (5 credits)

Research in Art & Design Education

ED6359 PME Professional Research Paper (10 credits)

Critical Art and Design Pedagogy

ED6353 The Teaching of Art and Design II (5 credits)

Entry requirements

Candidates must have as a minimum requirement a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in a Fine Art or Design discipline(s) that is recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland for the teaching of art in a post-primary school. Eligible applicants will also be interviewed.


You can get further relevant information from the Teaching Council at by emailing

See also 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.

Please fully complete each section of the Subject Declaration Form and upload it as part of your application process.

For more information on the application process, please read the PME Art and Design Checklist.


Eligible applicants will also be interviewed, which includes the viewing of a portfolio. The details of the portfolio requirements will be sent out with the interview invitation. For more information, please read the PME Art and Design Interview Guidelines.

Garda Vetting

Please note that as part of this programme students will require Garda Vetting as they will take part in a placement or UCC related activity where they will be working in an unsupervised capacity with children and/or vulnerable adults. For more information on this process please read the UCC Student Garda Vetting Policy.

Fitness to Practise

This programme is subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here.

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

Application dates

Closing Date 2 February 2024


2 years full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date 2 September 2024

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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