About This Course
Professional Master of Education (Art & Design) (Jointly offered with MTU-CCAD)
2 years full-time
€6,130 (Year One); €4,930 (Year Two)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
See Requirements for full details.
Closed for applications 2022/2023. Applications for 2023/2024 open 17 October 2022
Non-EU Closing Date
Closed for applications 2022/2023. Applications for 2023/2024 open 17 October 2022
4 September 2023
Our Professional Master of Education in Art & Design is a new two-year full-time professional teacher education programme offered jointly by UCC and the Munster Technological University (MTU) - Crawford College of Art & Design (CCAD).
This Professional Master of Education (PME) leads to a professional qualification as a post-primary teacher of Art and Design. It is recognised and accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purpose of registration as a post-primary teacher of Art and Design in both Ireland and the EU.
The programme integrates three strands of study:
- The practice of teaching Art and Design through two school placements - one per year of the programme;
- Workshop attendance to broaden subject knowledge and meet the demands of the post-primary Art and Design curricula along with exploring Art and Design Pedagogy;
- Lecture and tutorial attendance, at MTU, CCAD, and UCC. These lectures develop the requisite professional knowledge, skills, understanding and competencies of the student-teacher.
During the two-year PME (Art & Design) programme, you will be introduced to best practice in teaching, learning and educational research with special emphasis placed on meeting the diverse needs of learners, on the curriculum and on current issues in education.
Students are encouraged to integrate educational theory and practice through extensive reflection on their own professional classroom practice. They are supported in their development by experienced teachers in schools and tutored by specialist MTU, CCAD, and UCC staff in nurturing their professional identity as teachers.
The PME-Art and Design programme is organised in partnership with second-level schools, normally located within a 50 km (30 miles) radius of Cork city. Please note given its nature this programme is subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy.
As part of their University programme, some students are required to undertake placement and training that involve dealing directly with patients, clients or service users.
- Year 1
In Year 1 the responsibility for securing a placement school rests with the student. A school placement should not be secured until students have been offered a place on the programme. After an interview by the school, students are contracted until the end of the school year to carry out their teaching placement in the school where their school placement forms were signed. Students must ensure that there is a minimum of twelve students in their placement class groups for supervision purposes.
- Year 2
To proceed to School Placement in Year 2 students must have passed the Year 1 placement. Each student in expected to have a contrasting placement experience in a different school context for Year 2. The placement school for Year 2 will again be selected by the student but the choice will be mediated and approved by the Head of Arts in Health and Education (MTU).
Year 1 Core Modules (60 credits):
School Placement-Related Activity
- ED6322 School Placement I (20 credits)
- ED6331 School Placement: Research and Professional Experiences Portfolio A (5 credits)
- ED6332 School Placement: Research and Professional experiences Portfolio B (5 credits)
Practice, Curriculum, and Pedagogy of Art & Design
- ED6323 The Teaching of Art and Design (5 credits)
- ED6324 Curriculum-related Art and Design Practice (5 credits)
- ED6301 Philosophy and History of Education (5 credits),
- ED6302 Introduction to Psychology and Sociology of Education (5 credits);
- ED6303 Curriculum and Assessment (5 credits)
- ED6306 Inclusion-Special Educational Needs and Multicultural Education (5 credits)
Year 2 Core Modules (60 credits):
School Placement-Related Activity
- ED6358 School Placement II (30 credits)
- ED6341 Collaborative Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Irish Schools (5 credits)
- ED6354 Literacy and Numeracy Development in the Post-Primary Classroom (5 credits)
- ED6362 Designing Curriculum and Assessment for the Contemporary Classroom (5 credits)
Research in Art & Design Education
- ED6359 PME Professional Research Paper (10 credits)
Critical Art and Design Pedagogy
- ED6353 The Teaching of Art and Design II (5 credits)
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
Why Choose This Course
By the end of the programme, you will have acquired the professional knowledge, the diverse subject knowledge, the understanding and the skills that you need to teach Art and Design in a secondary-level school. You will have gained practical experience in two contrasting school settings and will have developed your ability to respond flexibly to the diverse and changing needs of students aged from 12 to 18 years.
This is a transformative programme that will challenge, encourage, and invite you to question your beliefs and assumptions about the purpose of education. It is an opportunity to truly consider the nature of teaching and learning, and your role as a teacher in the 21st century.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
The course includes teaching placements under supervision in cooperating post-primary schools. All candidates, therefore, must obtain teaching placements in one of the School of Education’s and Department of Arts in Health and Education’s recognised second-level schools (see Programme Requirements below for further details on School Placement).
As per Teaching Council guidelines, the programme includes a requirement for two separate mentored and supervised school placements (one in Year 1 and one in Year 2) in recognised cooperating post-primary schools.
School placements are designed to give student teachers opportunities to gain professional experience in classrooms and schools, to learn about teaching and learning in a variety of situations, to participate fully in the life of the school and to gain an in-depth understanding of the role of the teacher and the school more generally.
In both Years 1 and 2, students must obtain teaching hours in cooperating second-level schools normally within a 50km radius of Cork City, which will facilitate their attendance at the required lectures, workshops and other commitments on campus on specific days and times during the teaching week. The list of approved cooperating schools for the PME (Art & Design) placement will be sent to successful applicants when they formally accept their place on the programme.
Candidates must have as a minimum requirement a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in a Fine Art or Design discipline(s) that is recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland for the teaching of art in a post-primary school. Eligible applicants will also be interviewed.
In the case of overseas applicants, you will need to get clarification from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (formerly NQAI) regarding your degree.
Teaching Subjects have discipline-specific requirements and prospective applicants are advised to check the requirements for a specific subject area by consulting the following:
- Curricular Subject Requirements Registration: Registration.
- Subject Declaration Forms Link (including a self-assessment checklist of whether you meet the requirements for your subject area): Subject Forms.
Please be advised the Teaching Council does not pre-assess qualifications for individuals who are applying for the PME Art & Design and it is up to applicants to self-assess their qualifications to ensure they meet the requirements for the PME Art & Design providers and the Teaching Council.
Please fully complete each section of the Subject Declaration Form and upload it as part of your application process.
For more information on the application process, please read the PME Art and Design Checklist.
Eligible applicants will also be interviewed, which includes the viewing of a portfolio. The details of the portfolio requirements will be sent out with the interview invitation. For more information, please read the PME Art and Design Interview Guidelines 2022.
Please note that as part of this programme students will require Garda Vetting as they will take part in a placement or UCC related activity where they will be working in an unsupervised capacity with children and/or vulnerable adults. For more information on this process please read the UCC Student Garda Vetting Policy.
Fitness to Practise
This programme is subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here.
Applicants wishing to pursue the PME are now eligible to apply for the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) from the Department of Social Protection. See Department of Social Welfare - Back to Education.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.
- In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
- Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €6,130 (Year One); €4,930 (Year Two) .
The Non-EU fee for this course is €16,400 p/a.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment
International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.
How can I pay?
You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at email@example.com.
How Do I Apply
1. Apply online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online via the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. The majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.
2. Gather supporting documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary items requested for your course.
3. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
- You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
- In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
- Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
- Please add the names and addresses of two referees.
Deferrals are not permitted on this programme.
The closing date for non-EU applications is Closed for applications 2022/2023. Applications for 2023/2024 open 17 October 2022Apply Now