PGCE (Secondary) - Art & Design

Goldsmiths, University of London    Department of Educational Studies

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Are you passionate about teaching Art and Design in secondary schools? Look no further than the PGCE (Secondary) in Art & Design at Goldsmiths. This comprehensive programme equips you with the skills to become a confident and committed teacher in the field. Through a blend of practical workshops, lectures, and seminars, you will delve into contemporary art and design practices, learner identities, inclusive strategies, and more. Gain hands-on experience with placements in secondary schools, honing your teaching abilities and engaging with students of all ages. The programme also encourages you to continue developing your own artistic practice alongside your teaching journey. To be eligible, you'll need a 2:2 or above undergraduate degree in a related subject and demonstrate drawing skills. Join us to create an inclusive classroom environment where young minds can flourish creatively and academically. Embrace the opportunity to make a difference in the world of Art and Design education.

About the course

This teacher training programme prepares you to teach art and design in secondary schools. You are shown how to plan, resource, and organise art lessons, as well as how to support, monitor and assess students’ engagement with Art and Design.

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Entry Requirements

- to meet our fitness to train requirements
- a GCSE Grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics. Please note, we can only accept some UK and international GCSE equivalent qualifications.
- an undergraduate honours degree, at 2:2 or above from a university in the United Kingdom or an international equivalent in a related subject, such as fine/visual art, graphic design, illustration, architecture, filmmaking, animation, ceramics or textiles.
- The ability to demonstrate drawing skills

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Student Profiles


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