About this course
Gain the knowledge and skills to be a fully qualified teacher of art and design on this PGCE Secondary course at the University of Southampton. You’ll divide your time between school placements and the University as you develop the theory and techniques to teach the subject to all secondary school pupils. With this qualification you'll be able to work in academy, state-maintained, independent and special schools in England and Wales.
The Art and Design PGCE course is now closed for the 2021/22 academic year. We will open applications for the 2022/23 academic year in October 2021.
This Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course will prepare you to teach young people aged 11 to 16 within the UK’s National Curriculum for Art and Design framework (Key Stages 3 and 4).
You’ll also get the chance to learn about teaching the subject to students aged 16 to 19.
As you build on your existing knowledge of art and design, you’ll learn teaching theory and the techniques for helping young people to:
- express their ideas in creative works
- develop their ability in drawing, painting, sculpture and other techniques
- evaluate creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- learn about great artists, craft-makers and designers
- understand the historical and cultural development of art forms
Through university sessions and placement practice you’ll also learn essential skills such as:
- managing the classroom
- monitoring and assessing pupils
- teaching inclusively
You'll put theory into practice through placements at 2 schools in or near Southampton. You'll spend at least 120 days on placement, observing lessons and working with small groups of young people. When you are ready, you’ll then be introduced to whole-class teaching. You’ll have the support of a school-based mentor throughout this time.
The rest of your time will be spent at the University, where we'll prepare you for your placements, evaluate your school-based work, and develop subject-specific skills and good practice. You'll spend some of your time at Winchester School of Art, our art and design institution.
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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Changes due to COVID-19
Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.
Find out more on our COVID advice page.