Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Art and Design

Our PGCE Art and Design is aimed at those wishing to teach art, craft and design at secondary level. Trainees will explore the purposes and practice of art, craft and design in the National Curriculum, as well as GCSE, AS/A level and vocational qualifications. There is a strong emphasis on individual art practice and trainees are encouraged to share this with peers and pupils in schools. Trainees will be introduced to different models of critical engagement and be involved in several gallery education workshops at various stages of the course. They will explore the relationship between curriculum development and assessment for and of learning in art, craft and design and particular concerns, such as drawing for different purposes and needs. In addition, trainees will follow a series of workshops that embrace a range of art, craft, design and new media disciplines and be shown how to apply resulting insights in their teaching to the benefit of pupils. Trainees gain 60 Masters Level credits (1/3 of a Masters Degree) which can be used for progression to higher academic and professional awards. In addition to our university-based PGCE, we also offer PGCE School Direct places in collaboration with a number of school alliances across the North West.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have or be expected to gain a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in some branch of art and design. A portfolio of personal work demonstrating your subject knowledge and skills will need to be shown at interview. GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics are also required at the point of application, we do not accept adult numeracy or literacy or key skills as equivalents to GCSEs. Candidates will normally be expected to have engaged in at least 2 weeks of experience in a relevant school setting(s) prior to application to the course to develop an appropriate understanding of the role of the teacher in the classroom and at school. In addition, applicants will need to have passed pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

Course modules

Core units: practice credit 1 (induction phase); practice credit 2 (teaching placement block a: formation of personal practice); practice credit 3 (teaching placement block b: development of personal practice); practice credit 4 (enrichment phase); professional practice; subject pedagogy (art and design).

Assessment methods

Trainees will be assessed against professional values and practice; knowledge and understanding; and teaching, including skills of planning, teaching, class management, monitoring and assessing. The assessment is based on coursework and placement.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years

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