M.A. Teaching Visual Arts for Primary and Early Years Education

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR9250 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
Cork Institute of Technology | Cork, Ireland
This new and innovative programme is the first of its kind in Ireland to offer the specific award of Masters of Arts in Teaching Visual Arts in Primary and Early Years Education.

Description of Teaching Visual Arts for Primary and Early Years Education


The programme is aimed at educators within Primary and Early Years Education who are interested in further developing their knowledge and skills in the area of visual arts education.

The programme is offered by the Department of Art and Design Education based at CIT Crawford College of Art and Design and offers a flexible and accessible framework and delivery. The programme is offered on a full-time or part-time basis subject to applicants needs and module demand.

The programme offers modules that will collectively explore the relevance of the Visual Arts in the education of children from Early Years Education through Primary Level. It exposes students to the crucial factors that impact on this process. It is designed to provide students with a wide range of theoretical and practical insights into how children learn through the Visual Arts.

The programme is delivered through a flexible framework of formal lectures, tutorials and practical art and craft workshops. It offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in visual arts teaching to meet curriculum requirements or to allow students to become visual arts specialists in their workplace.

The programme content provides the following themes of study:

  • The role of the Visual Arts in child development
  • Planning and managing visual arts learning activities
  • Visual Arts Practice, traditional and technological
  • Art History and Appreciation
  • Art Therapy
  • Inclusive and Special Needs Education through Visual Arts
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Research Methodologies

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 31/08
Tuition fee
  • EUR 9250 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 4140 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time

Course Content

Semester Schedules

Semester 1
Mandatory Module Title
  • Art&Des for Teaching
  • Individuality in Art Education
Elective Module Title
  • ICT in Art Education (MA)
  • Ed Management&Leadership
  • Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Semester 2
Mandatory Module Title
  • Research Methods ArtEd MA
  • Teaching Primary Art Ed
Elective Module Title
  • Art Therapy in Education
  • Inclusion & Diversity in Ed
  • Historical & Contempory Art Pr
Semester 3
Mandatory Module Title
  • MA Research Dissertation Educ

English Language Requirements

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Requirements for Teaching Visual Arts for Primary and Early Years Education

Applicants are expected to have either:

  • A BEd for primary school teaching or equivalent recognised qualification or
  • A BA in Early Childhood Care and Education (Level 8) or
  • An equivalent qualification in primary, early years or special education

Work Experience for Teaching Visual Arts for Primary and Early Years Education

No work experience is required.

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