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We encourage you to create exciting and stimulating learning environments, and you explore how students develop their own forms of representation. You look at recent initiatives such as the National Curriculum for Art, gallery and museum education, the use of Information and Communication Technology, and critical and contextual studies.
School-based work During the Autumn term you are placed with a partner trainee in a secondary school art department to observe art lessons and participate alongside experienced teachers. You visit a primary school to develop an understanding of younger children´s art work and of how the art curriculum is taught. Spring and Summer terms are devoted to teaching practice in a second school: a sustained experience of teaching in which you develop competence in the Professional Standards. You plan, resource and teach an art and design project, and increase your knowledge of GCSE, A-level and Vocational A-level examinations in art and design.
College-based work There are practical art-based workshops, lectures on art and design in education, individual and group tutorials, and gallery and museum visits. Workshops include: painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, three-dimensional construction, ICT in art and design education, textiles, and a workshop involving museum and gallery education.
Lectures focus on current issues such as the National Curriculum for Art; multicultural or anti-racist approaches to art and design education; students´ emerging and developing representational strategies in drawing and painting; artists working with children; planning teaching projects for art and design; the GCSE, A-level and Vocational A-level examinations; assessment in art and design education; and the future for art and design education.
We regard your ongoing work as an artist, designer or craftsperson as an essential element of your development as an art educator. This has always been a central philosophical position of our PGCE Art and Design programme.