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Art & Design Education - Post Primary Teaching

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.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a 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.

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:

• 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 2017.

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. 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


2 years full-time

Full-time over 24 months

Further enquiries

Mr Albert Walsh,
Department of Art & Design Education,
Cork Institute of Technology,
T: 00353 21 432 6100

Cork Institute of Technology
Tel: 021 - 4335247

Subjects taught

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.

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.

In Year 1, students undertake 60 credits of learning:
◾School-based activity (30 credits) i.e. direct teaching of Art and Design (20 credits) and a research and professional experiences portfolio (10 credits);
◾Curriculum-related Art and Design Practice, and Art and Design pedagogy (10 credits);
◾Foundation Studies - areas covered are philosophy, history, psychology and sociology of education; inclusive education, and curriculum and assessment (20 credits).

In Year 2, students undertake a further 60 credits of learning:
◾School placement-related activity (30 credits) i.e. direct teaching of Art and Design (20 credits) and a collaborative seminar looking at contemporary issues in Irish schools (10 credits);
◾Art and Design pedagogy (5 credits);
◾Foundation Seminar is (5 credits);
◾Professional Research Dissertation (20 credits).

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.
See PAC Application Details field below.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

2017/2018 Overall Course fee is €10,800 : Irish/EU Year 1 is €6000; Irish/EU Year 2 is €4800;

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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