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