Learn to teach this inspiring and thought-provoking subject at secondary school level. We will develop your teaching skills so that you can translate your passion for art and design and create stimulating lessons informed by different artistic theories and practices.
We will develop you as a creative and confident art teacher who can make art and design accessible to all pupils, whatever their ability.
We will develop your understanding of different teaching methods, enabling you to instruct your class in a range of practical artistic techniques. Taking part in a series of practical workshops and seminars in key specialisms such as drawing, printing and mixed media will form a key element of your training.
Some of your training will be delivered at Broadcasting Place in our highly equipped art and design studios, providing you with a creative and contemporary learning environment where you can hone your skills.
You will benefit from a supportive learning community and will complete your training alongside nationally and internationally recognised artists and practitioners. You will also have the opportunity to build-up a network of contacts made up of fellow students, our research staff and your course tutors, giving you access to advice, support and tips that will really develop your understanding of the subject and improve your teaching ability.
You can choose from two different training models.
University-led: You will develop your theoretical knowledge at our Headingley Campus and Broadcasting Place at our City Campus, which offer superb learning environments, modern facilities and excellent resources. Your learning will be informed by the very latest research and the expertise of our supportive teaching staff. We will organise your extensive school placements so you can apply your knowledge in a classroom setting and your placements will be timetabled to fit with your taught seminars on campus.
School Direct: For the vast majority of your course, you will be based in your provider school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will attend our Headingley Campus one day a week (usually a Friday) for key module seminars.
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
Completing this course will enable you to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Subject to ratification by the Department for Education, you will then be qualified as a secondary school teacher, with a specialism in art and design.
Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.
We have more than 100 years' experience of training teachers and you'll be supported by an experienced course team ready to bring out your potential as an art and design teacher. You will become part of a supportive teaching community, learning from fellow students and sharing ideas on lesson plans, classroom experiences and teaching tips.
Helping you to develop your confidence, identity and style through a critically reflective approach to your practice will be of vital element of your training.
To prepare you for your course, you will have the opportunity to attend a residential, where you will meet your tutors and fellow trainees, start to cultivate your support networks and discover how the outdoors can be used to deliver lessons and inspire your teaching.
Whichever programme you choose, you will gain substantial training in a school environment. Many of the partnership schools involved in the delivery of your course are located in and around Leeds to ensure your travelling is limited and you have the maximum time to prepare your lessons. You will complete three teaching placements in at least two contrasting schools, receiving support from your school mentor and University tutors.
You will learn from and be supported by lecturers who have been practising teachers and who are now active in educational research, benefiting from their practical experience and theoretical knowledge.
We will provide ongoing training for all newly qualified teachers. On successful completion of your course, you will be able to enrol on our Newly Qualified Teacher module, providing you with another valuable element of support and coaching as you start your teaching career.
There's lots of support available to help you fund your teaching training. Depending on your degree class, the subject you want to teach and the training programme you follow, you could be eligible for a bursary, scholarship or even a salary.
"Training to teach at Leeds Beckett University gives you the best of both worlds. On campus, you will benefit from the expertise of our published academics; in schools and settings, you will learn from outstanding partner teachers."
Having taught English in secondary schools as well as undertaking writing projects in local primary schools, Tom completed his PhD which focused on boys' writing during the transition stage from primary to secondary school. His thesis was recently published by Sense Academic Publishers.
- School Practice Collection Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.
- Library Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, we have got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.
- Headingley Campus Our historic Headingley Campus is set in nearly 100 acres of parkland and offers easy access to Leeds city centre.