This course enables you to follow the full degree course in Fine Art or Design as well as taking a dedicated teacher education programme as a professional qualification.
In First Year, your course of study will be largely focussed on the development of your capacities in Fine Art or Design. In Year 2 you will continue to follow the degree programme you have chosen in Fine Art or Design but you will also follow certain modules that will introduce you to aspects of education. For the first half of your Third Year, you will continue your Fine Art or Design studies, along with some Education elements.
Then for the second half of your Third Year, you will be engaged full-time in Education. You will have an extended placement in a school where you will be supported in learning the role and functions of a teacher.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
Most Education graduates go on to teach in secondary, vocational or community and comprehensive schools. The teaching qualification is recognised internationally, and some graduates choose to travel abroad to find employment in other countries.
Art teachers work in a variety of settings – in second-level schools, in further education, with very young children, with adults, in museums and galleries, in prisons and in many other places where education takes place.
Many education graduates choose to continue their specialist art or design area of work, through further study or employment in those disciplinary areas. In some cases, they might decide to return to teaching at a later stage in their lives, knowing that their professional qualification will still be valid.
Art teachers can pursue a range of higher education awards at graduate level, including Masters awards in various aspects of art or education, such as visual art education, special needs, educational management and other aspects of education. Similarly, Joint Honours Education students may choose to develop their art or design studio practice through MA or MFA work in those disciplines.