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Art & Design - Post Primary Teaching

The programme is offered jointly by CIT Crawford College of Art & Design (CCAD) and University College Cork (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, students will have acquired the professional knowledge, the diverse subject knowledge, the understanding and skills that is required to teach Art and Design in a second-level school. Students will have gained practical experience in two contrasting school settings, and will have developed their ability to respond flexibly to the diverse and changing needs of students aged 12 to 18 years. Students will have been challenged, encouraged and invited to question their beliefs and assumptions about the purpose of education, the nature of teaching and learning and the role of the teacher in the 21st century.

The Professional Master of Education (Art and Design) (PME (Art and Design)) 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.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements

Candidates must have a minimum requirement, a H.2.2 primary degree in a Fine Art or Design discipline(s) that is recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland as qualifying you to teach Art and Design at post-primary level. In some cases, equivalent qualifications that are recognised by the Teaching Council for the teaching of Art and Design may be considered. Eligible applicants will also be interviewed.

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.


Full-Time: 2 Years (4 Semesters, September to June).

No. of weeks per semester: 12
No. of timetable hours per week
Year 1: 8 - 10
Year 2: 6 - 7
Which days: Monday to Friday
Duration: 4 semesters

Number of credits

120 ECTS

Further enquiries

Teaching Council information: or
T: +353 (0)1 651 7900 or
LoCall 1890 224 224

Susanna Broderick
Department of Arts in Health and Education
T: +353 (0)21 433 5220

Subjects taught

Year 1:

• Curriculum-related Art and design Practice, and the Teaching of Art and Design (10 ECTS)

• School-based activity (30 ECTS) i.e., direct teaching of Art and Design (20 ECTS), and research and professional experiences portfolio (10 ECTS)

• Curriculum-related Art and Design Practice, and the Teaching of Art and Design 1

• Foundation Studies - areas covered are philosophy, history, psychology and sociology of education; inclusive education, and curriculum and assessment (20 ECTS)

Year 2:

• School placement-related activity (35 ECTS) i.e., direct teaching of Art and Design (30 ECTS), and a collaborative seminar looking at contemporary issues in Irish schools (5 ECTS).

• The Teaching of Art and Design 2 (5 ECTS)

• Designing Curriculum and Assessment for the Contemporary Classroom (5 ECTS)

• Professional Research Paper in Education (10 ECTS)

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


Location: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, 46 Grand Parade, Cork City & UCC campus, College Road, Cork City.

Application date

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Closing date: 20th March 2020

Non-EU Applicants:
Application closing date: 20th March

Course fee

EU Applicants: €10,800

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

Enrolment and start dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

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