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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type

    PGCE

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    04 November 2019

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 monitor, record, evaluate, and assess students’ art practice.

Why study PGCE (Secondary) Art & Design at Goldsmiths?

  • We'll give you the tools you'll need to become a confident and commited art and design teacher. You'll learn how to make your classroom an inclusive space where you can support young people in developing their own forms of artistic expression.
  • You'll get to grips with the current theories and political issues affecting art and design education - and look at strategies for challenging them.
  • As well as developing your students, we want you to continue to be a practising artist. You’ll participate in art and design workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials.
  • You'll complete a variety of placements. During the autumn term you’ll be placed in a secondary school’s art and design department to observe, participate, and teach alongside experienced teachers. You'll also visit a primary school to develop an understanding of younger children’s work, and how the art and design curriculum is taught. During the Spring and Summer terms you’ll be placed in a secondary school, where you will build up your teaching experience.

School Direct

It is also possible to study this course via our School Direct programme. Please visit our School Direct page to see which schools offer this subject.

College-based work

There are practice-based Art and Design workshops, lectures and seminars and individual and group tutorials, which are conducted by Goldsmiths lecturers, artist teachers and gallery/arts educators.

The content of the lectures and seminars focus on current issues including:

  • contemporary art and design practices
  • learner identities
  • visual and place-based pedagogies
  • inclusive strategies for learning
  • political and conceptual issues in art and design
  • artist teacher identities
  • assessment and evaluation of Art and Design
  • designing and developing opportunities for learning

School-based work

During the Autumn Term you are placed in a secondary school Art and Design department to observe, participate in and teach alongside experienced teachers.

You'll visit a primary school to develop an understanding of younger children’s work and how the Art and Design curriculum is taught.

During the Spring and Summer terms you are placed in a second school, where you will experience a sustained experience of teaching in which you develop competence in the Professional Standards.

Throughout the course you will develop and implement Art and Design practices in all Key Stages of the curriculum including post-16.

Download the programme specification, for the 2019-20 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Learning & teaching

A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:

  • Taught subject sessions
  • Taught General Professional Study sessions
  • Practical workshops
  • Core lectures
  • Group tutorials/seminars
  • Individual tutorials
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Supported self-study

As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.

How to apply

You apply for this PGCE through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Our institution code is G56 GOLD.

Please take a look at the information on applying, including the specific qualifications or experience you need for this course.

There's no closing date for primary or secondary applications, but we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment.


Visit the PGCE (Secondary) - Art & Design page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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