UCAS Teacher Training code
1 year full-time
This teacher training programme prepares you to teach art and design in secondary schools. You are shown how to plan, resource, and organise art lessons, as well as how to monitor, record, evaluate, and assess students’ art practice.
Why study PGCE (Secondary) Art & Design at Goldsmiths?
- We'll give you the tools you'll need to become a confident and commited art and design teacher. You'll learn how to make your classroom an inclusive space where you can support young people in developing their own forms of artistic expression.
- You'll get to grips with the current theories and political issues affecting art and design education - and look at strategies for challenging them.
- As well as developing your students, we want you to continue to be a practising artist. You’ll participate in art and design workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials.
- You'll complete a variety of placements. During the autumn term you’ll be placed in a secondary school’s art and design department to observe, participate, and teach alongside experienced teachers. You'll also visit a primary school to develop an understanding of younger children’s work, and how the art and design curriculum is taught. During the Spring and Summer terms you’ll be placed in a secondary school, where you will build up your teaching experience.
It is also possible to study this course via our School Direct programme. Please visit our School Direct page to see which schools offer this subject.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Neil Walton .
What you’ll study
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page
There are practice-based Art and Design workshops, lectures and seminars and individual and group tutorials, which are conducted by Goldsmiths lecturers, artist teachers and gallery/arts educators.
The content of the lectures and seminars focus on current issues including:
- contemporary art and design practices
- learner identities
- visual and place-based pedagogies
- inclusive strategies for learning
- political and conceptual issues in art and design
- artist teacher identities
- assessment and evaluation of Art and Design
- designing and developing opportunities for learning
During the Autumn Term you are placed in a secondary school Art and Design department to observe, participate in and teach alongside experienced teachers.
You'll visit a primary school to develop an understanding of younger children’s work and how the Art and Design curriculum is taught.
During the Spring and Summer terms you are placed in a second school, where you will experience a sustained experience of teaching in which you develop competence in the Professional Standards.
Throughout the course you will develop and implement Art and Design practices in all Key Stages of the curriculum including post-16.
How to apply
You apply for this PGCE through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Our institution code is G56 GOLD.
There's no closing date for primary or secondary applications, but we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment.
Learning & teaching
A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:
• Taught subject sessions
• Taught General Professional Study sessions
• Practical workshops
• Compulsory lectures
• Group tutorials/seminars
• Individual tutorials
• Individual and group presentations
• Supported self-study
As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.
- to meet our fitness to train requirements
- a GCSE Grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics. Please note, we can only accept some UK and international GCSE equivalent qualifications. A complete list of accepted UK GCSE equivalencies can be found here: link. If you have a non-UK qualification that you believe is GCSE equivalent, you must check this with the Admissions team.
- an undergraduate honours degree, at 2:2 or above from a university in the United Kingdom or an international equivalent in a related subject, such as fine/visual art, graphic design, illustration, architecture, filmmaking, animation, ceramics or textiles.
- The ability to demonstrate drawing skills
Fees, funding & scholarships
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.
- Home - full-time: £9250
- International - full-time: £17370
Get into Teaching Funding
The Department for Education offers tax-free scholarships and bursaries to trainees on eligible PGCE programmes. Bursary amounts vary depending on your previous qualifications and the subject in which you're training to teach.
For more information about PGCE funding visit the Get into Teaching website.
Please note: These bursaries are not controlled by Goldsmiths and are subject to change.
If your fees are not listed here, please contact the Fees Office - fees (@gold.ac.uk).
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries for prospective students, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.