This programme prepares you to teach art and design in secondary schools. You are shown how to plan, resource and organise art lessons, and how to monitor, record, evaluate and assess the art practices of students.
We encourage you to create exciting, questioning and stimulating learning environments.
You'll explore how young people develop their own forms of exploration, expression and communication.
You'll learn about current educational initiatives and agendas and wider political and conceptual issues related to art and design education and how to design, develop, resource and organise art and design lessons, and how to monitor, record, evaluate and assess the art and design practices of young people.
A central philosophical position of the Goldsmiths PGCE is the importance and essential element of your practice as an artist/designer/craftsperson and how this can contribute to your development as an educator.
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.
As well as your PGCE fees, you will have to cover your travel costs to your school placements.
We produce reading packs electronically and in hard copy format. There’s a small charge for the hard copy reading packs. You may also be asked to contribute towards trips and some materials for your modules.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Neil Walton
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.
Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
We have been training teachers since 1904, and have established
a reputation for excellence in this field
We see education as a window through which to view the world, and as something with the power to define who we are and how we live
As a department we’re interested in seeing what education can tell us about the social, political and economic forces of our times. And what these forces mean for the everyday lives of individuals and groups.
We place a strong emphasis on active and collaborative learning, and we'll train you to become a reflective and socially conscious teacher.
We have partnerships with many London schools, offering you the chance to gain teaching practice in socially mixed, multi-ethnic urban classrooms.
We offer a high level of support through a system of school and personal tutoring.
Staff in the department carry out world-leading research – we're ranked 8th in the UK for the quality of this research.*
It delves into areas including culture and identity, gender, multilingualism, and youth cultures, and why we maintain a commitment to social justice and inclusion.
Find out more about the Department of Educational Studies.
*Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
Learning & teaching
A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:
• Taught subject sessions
• Taught General Professional Study sessions
• Practical workshops
• Core 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.
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.