Education - 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.

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

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 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 Registration: Registration

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

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 2019 and May 2019.


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.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .


2 years full-time

Full-time over 24 months

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Susanna Broderick Lecturer in Art & Design Education
PME (Art & Design) Co-ordinator Department of Arts in Health & Education,CIT Crawford College.

Susanna Broderick
++353 (0)21 4335229

Ms. Myrhen Creedon, UCC School of Education.
+353 (0)21 490 24 65

Subjects taught

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)

Application date

Applications for 2019 start dates will open on November 1st 2018.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means we offer places four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. We advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications:

For all completed applications received by January 11th 2019
Offers will be made:Offers will be made by January 25th 2019

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by March 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by May 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offer will be made by July 15th 2019

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

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

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date

Lectures will start 2nd September 2019

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