UCC Postgraduate courses

Education - Professional Master of Education (Art and Design) Jointly offered with M.T.U./C.C.A.D. - (Joint Degree between University College Cork and Munster Technological University)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Education - Professional Master of Education (Art and Design) Jointly offered with M.T.U./C.C.A.D.

  • Code


  • Subject Title

    (Joint Degree between University College Cork and Munster Technological University)

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    2 years Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2021

    €6,130 (Year One); €4,930 (Year Two)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    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. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    12 March 2021

  • Start Date

    7 September 2021

Course Outline

The Professional Master of Education (Art and Design) is a new two-year, full-time Level 9 postgraduate professional teacher education programme offered jointly by Munster Technological University, Crawford College of Art & Design (M.T.U C.C.A.D.) and U.C.C. that leads to a professional qualification as 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 Ireland and the EU. The programme integrates three strands of study. Firstly, it involves the student in direct teaching of Art and Design through two, year-long school placements. Secondly, students attend a range of art and design workshops and lectures that broaden their subject knowledge to meet the demands of the post-primary Art and Design curricula along with exploring Art and Design Pedagogy. Thirdly, students attend lectures and tutorials at both M.T.U., the C.C.A.D. and U.C.C., which develop student teachers’ requisite professional knowledge, skills, understanding and competences. 

During the two-year PME (Art and Design) programme, students are introduced to best practice in teaching, learning and educational research with special emphasis 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 M.T.U., C.C.A.D. and U.C.C. staff in nurturing their professional identity as teachers.

The PME - Art and Design is a two-year, 120 credit Level 9 programme leading to a professional teaching qualification, in post-primary education upon Registration with the Teaching Council. It is offered jointly by M.T.U., C.C.A.D. and U.C.C. and is organised in partnership with second-level schools, normally located within a 50 km (30 mile) radius of Cork city.  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. This programme is subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found : Policy. Students will be required to start in their school placement anytime from 19th August onwards 2020. 

For 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 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.

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 (M.T.U.). 

At the end of the programme, you will have acquired the professional knowledge, the diverse subject knowledge, the understanding and 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. You will have been challenged, encouraged and invited to question your beliefs and assumptions about the purpose of education, the nature of teaching and learning and the role of the teacher in the 21st century.

In Year 1, students undertake 60 credits of learning:

  • School-Placement related activity (30 credits) i.e. school placement of Art and Design 1 (20 credits)  and research and professional experiences portfolio (10 credits)
  • Practice, Curriculum and Pedagogy of Art and Design (10 credits); i.e. curriculum-related art and design practice (5 credits) and the teaching of Art and Design  (5 credits)
  • Foundation Studies  (20 credits) i.e philosophy and history of education (5 credits), psychology and sociology of education (5 credits); inclusion-special educational needs and multicultural education (5 credits), and curriculum and assessment (5 credits)

In Year 2, students undertake a further 60 credits of learning:

  • School placement-related activity (35 credits) i.e. school placement of Art and Design 2 (30 credits) and collaborative seminar examining contemporary issues in Irish schools (5 credits)
  • Critical Art and Design Pedagogy i.e The teaching of Art and Design 2 (5 credits)
  • Literacy and Numeracy Development in the Post Primary Classroom (5 credits)
  • Foundational Themes in Education (5 credits)
  • Research in Art and Design Education - Professional Research Paper in Education (10 credits)

Deferrals are not permitted on this programme.


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.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Why Choose This Course

Placement or Study Abroad Information

School Placement
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 under Programme Requirements 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 Professional Master of Education (Art and Design) placement will be sent to successful applicants when they formally accept their place on the programme.

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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. 

You can get further relevant information on their website http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/ or by emailing info@teachingcouncil.ie or by calling +353 (0)1 651 7900 or LoCall 1890 224 224

Please refer to the website: The Teaching Council Subject Registration Requirements.

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.  

We hope to have the form on-line shortly to complete as part of your application.  Please complete and upload the Subject Declaration Form as part of your application process.


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.

Interviews are expected to be held in April 2021 and May 2021


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

Applicants wishing to pursue the PME are now eligible to apply for the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) from the Department of Social Protection. Website: 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 available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please 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.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €6,130 (Year One); €4,930 (Year Two) .


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:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. 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.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please 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 addresse of 2 referees. 


PME Art and Design Online Application Checklist 


Please note that applications for the Professional Master of Education - Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training, to qualify as Secondary School Teachers, are made through the PAC website via the attached link; http://www.pac.ie/pme Code: PEC01 for further details. 


Deferrals are not permitted on this programme.

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