University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Secondary Education (Art and Design)

The university aims to draw upon and develop trainees' range of skills and understanding in art, craft and design within the contexts of education and schooling; emphasis is placed upon trainees themselves being their most important resource, working together and sharing skills; the university seeks to promote a questioning and critical approach to art teaching, addressing fundamental issues relating to art, craft and design in education; the course examines areas such as the development of children's imagery; intercultural approaches; critical and contextual studies; the role of language; practising teachers and other professionals are actively involved throughout the course, including assessment of trainee teachers' progress; through a range of media and resources, students aim to examine concepts in education in relation to contemporary art and design practice, as well as examining concepts in relation to current educational practice; art and design education at Cambridge is rapidly acquiring an international reputation for its work, particularly in relation to the philosophy of art education; in addition to the specialist subject area, all trainees follow a common core course of professional studies, covering whole-school issues, such as citizenship and equal opportunities.

Entry requirements

Honours degree in art or associated subject required (at least 50 per cent in art or design) and GCSE grade C (minimum) or equivalent in English language and mathematics; it is expected that all applicants for a PGCE course have undertaken at least 5-10 days recent work experience or observation in a mainstream UK state school, working alongside children within the appropriate age ranges for their course choice, and be able to draw on this experience in their application.

Course modules

Subject teaching: focusing on the curriculum, principles and practice of teaching the subject; professional studies: the professional role of the teacher and aspects of teaching which are relevant to the whole school; professional placement: 24 weeks spread across 3 terms; trainees are placed in at least 2 contrasting partnership secondary schools, gradually taking on more responsibility for class teaching as the year progresses.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 22,674 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

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