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Art & Design Education - Post Primary Teaching

What to Expect
The Professional Masters in Education (PME) is a two year masters programme which leads to a professional qualification to teach Art and Design at second level. The award is professionaly accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland. The masters programme will enable you as an art or design graduate, to apply your practice in a professional teaching context.

On completion of the PME you will have developed an integrated understanding and appreciation of the unique qualities of an art and design education. Specifically, you will have achieved the capacity to perform as an educator in a variety of settings and contexts particularly at second-level. The focus of the PME is on the application of your own art and design practices, insights and modes of learning to the requirements of teaching. The PME aims to facilitate your personal, social, intellectual and practical growth, preparing you for a professional career as a teacher and fostering the necessary skills and dispositions of research, analysis, evaluation and critique to enable you to become a reflective practitioner.

The two-year Professional Masters in Education (PME) programme has three interconnected pillars: School Placement, Foundation / Professional Studies, and Subject Discipline / Visual Arts Pedagogy. In Year 1 you are given both a theoretical and a practical understanding of key processes of teaching and learning. You are introduced to influential traditions of practice in teaching and classroom management. You also undertake teaching practice in a school where you will develop the knowledge teaching skills and attitudes needed for effective teaching. This is supported by college tutorials and support teaching. In an extended placement in Year 2, the emphasis is on more autonomous functioning, and you will be encouraged to take up a visible and active role in the full life of the host school. A key requirement in Year 2 is an Action Research project which you will undertake with college support.

Programme Leaders
Professor Dervil Jordan and Fiona King
Dervil Jordan is Head of the School of Education in NCAD and a Lecturer in Art and Design Education. She studied Fine Art Painting in NCAD before training as a teacher (PTA). She has an MA in Art Education and holds a Doctorate in Education from St Patrick’s College Dublin. Her research was on the Dual Identity of the Artist Teacher.

Fiona King is a Lecturer in Art Education at NCAD. She studied Fine Art Print in Crawford College of Art and Design before training as a teacher at NCAD. She completed a Masters in Visual Art Education (MAVA) in 2010 and is currently undertaking a PhD in The Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice in The School of Media at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

Dervil Jordan (as national coordinator) and Fiona King (as researcher) were part of the Creative Connections European Art and Citizenship project in Ireland, involving 6 European partner countries.

Some past student comments on
completing the postgraduate teacher education
programme in NCAD:

“I loved that I felt more equipped, I felt more of a professional, I felt like someone who could go out and take up a job”

“It’s a different way of thinking and working, a lot of the materials that you have to use are as basic as lino printing, you might never have used them before. There are a lot of practical skills and knowl edge, which I thought was brilliant for me”

Entry requirements

The programme is open to graduates with an honours degree award of 2.2 or higher, or an equivalent academic or professional qualification in a related discipline.

English language: Students who have not been educated through English must show proof of achieving IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 in the writing section on the academic version) or an equivalent score in another accepted test.


2 years

Number of credits

120 ECTS credits

Careers or further progression

After Your Degree
Graduates of the programme take up positions as second level art teachers in Ireland and across the world, as third level art educators, as school principals and deputy-principals, as museum curators, youth workers, arts officers, artists in residence in primary and secondary schools, independent art education consultants and as researchers in art education.

Further enquiries

Programme Contact
Professor Dervil Jordan

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