University of Brighton

University of Brighton

Art and Design (Secondary Education)

This course prepares graduates to teach in secondary schools; teaching skills are developed through studio-based workshops, lectures, group discussions, tutorials and self-managed study while on school placement; key aspects include: the role of art, craft and design in pupils' development; effective teaching, monitoring and assessment; and uses of literacy, numeracy and information communication technology (computer-aided design and image manipulation); successful completion of this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), subject to satisfactory performance in skills tests.

Entry requirements

Degree (2.1 or above) in studio-based art or design discipline; normally preceded by art foundation course or BTEC diploma; if applicants degree is in fashion, film, photography, animation, product design, architecture, interior design, graphic communication, or any other design discipline, they must also have a foundation course; if their degree is not in a studio-based visual art and design discipline, history of art/design, cultural studies, visual culture, media studies and combined studies degrees can only be considered where studio-based creative practice has formed at least 50 per cent of the programme, or where a foundation course in art and design has been followed prior to the degree course; GCSE (minimum grade C) English language and mathematics; in-house GCSE equivalent tests available for candidates without qualifications in mathematics and English; experience of working with young people, of TEFL teaching, or of working in schools as learning support assistants or teaching assistants; involvement in community arts, gallery workshops or artist residencies in schools; all applicants are expected to have spent at least a few days in a secondary school recently, observing art lessons and discussing their thoughts about teaching and learning with the teachers concerned; all candidates, whatever their degree qualifications, are expected to be currently engaged in their own studio practice; this needs to be demonstrated through a substantial portfolio of recent work reflecting a critical awareness of debates and issues relating to contemporary creative practice; (details of what is required for an interview portfolio are sent to candidates who are offered an interview); all applicants are required to attend an interview in person; all offers of places are subject to a satisfactory health check and a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) enhanced disclosure check.

Course modules

The course comprises four strands: subject study/subject education; education studies; placements; and professional development.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time - 1 years
PGCE Part-time - 16 months
PGCE (professional) Part-time - 16 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Falmer Campus Brighton BN1 9PH South East

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