TE7055 - Contemporary Issues & Practice in Art and Design Education

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What will I learn on this module?

You will be an active learner and develop the skills to:

Critically evaluate and adapt learning appropriate to pupils’ needs that motivates and enthuses pupils across the secondary key stages;
Support the students’ critical thinking and understanding of the range of learning and pedagogic theories that inform planning models for working in their subject with the 11-18 range;
Further develop the students’ own subject practice to enable them to inspire pupils with cutting edge subject practice and ideas;
Critically evaluate and explore contemporary initiatives in the subject and push the boundaries of knowledge and skills within the subject area;
Work with wider organisations to enrich their own knowledge, understanding and networks through their critical linking of theory and practice at the fore front of the discipline;
Critically investigating the issues related to assessment: identifying and recognising the complexities of success criteria, and expected levels of performance at KS3 – 4 and post 16;
Further develop and articulate their own philosophy about art, craft and education within their own discipline.

How will I learn on this module?

Through Lectures, seminars, debates, workshops, enrichment days, gallery visits, studio sessions you will actively engage in developing the skills and knowledge to become an outstanding art, craft an design teacher and also develop a personal philosophy about your subject.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Successful academic achievement requires a system of robust support and guidance to help you focus on your learning needs. In addition to the pastoral support you will receive, the tutors involved in delivering this module will provide guidance and academic counselling to ensure that you are able to confidently engage with the academic rigour of this module. This dialogue will be face to face in lectures, seminars or tutorials and is an essential aspect of the programme assessment for learning strategy. Extensive support is also accessible online as part of the University’s commitment to technology enhanced learning. This employs the use of the e-learning portal and social networking and collaborative tools.

A central feature of the academic support available to you is the service provided by the University Library. This 24/7 service caters for all your learning needs, has extensive access to electronic texts and tutorials that will directly support the development of academic skills aimed at improving your critical thinking and analytical

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues and developments in education;
• demonstrate an in-depth and systematic knowledge and understanding of the purposes, scope and structure of the Secondary Art, Craft and Design Curriculum and school based education, children’s learning and associated theories;
• understand the complex relationship between theory and practice in education, showing a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline;
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. within your professional practice deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• show critical self-awareness in your own beliefs, commitments and prejudices and demonstrate an empathy towards others;
• demonstrate your ability to plan for secondary student’s wider educational development through their subject and including numeracy, literacy, equality, diversity and safeguarding of children.

How will I be assessed?

A written assignment of 4500 words with a range of modelled questions that can be tailored to address targets on your Individual Training plan or a negotiated title based on personalised rationale for meeting targets.

You will receive detailed, formative feedback to support your ongoing academic work.


Good honours degree


TE6674: Professional Studies: Art, Craft and Design, TE6675 : Professional Placements Secondary Art, Craft and Design
TE7056: Inquiry of Current Is

Module abstract

Contemporary Issues and Practice in Art and Design Education module will develop the critical understanding of art, craft and design education knowledge and understanding as they develop into secondary teachers. It aims specifically to enable you to critically interrogate the National Curriculum for their subject for the three secondary Key Stages for which you are training. It also includes all relevant government documentation and policies, related to their subject area, and locate this within the wider discipline. The students will critically analyse the relationship between their own philosophy of their subject area and the requirements of pupils’ learning and the government’s agenda for secondary art craft and design education. You will debate contemporary issues and ways of applying this knowledge to the school and other educative settings (such as museums, galleries and studios).

In addition and in response to skills audits completed at interview, your programme leader designs a bespoke programme of workshops, studio sessions and enrichment days delivered by expert subject teacher specialist, lecturers, artists, makers, designers and peers. These workshops work on two levels depending on your requirements; as an artist-teacher learning new skills and being able to translate new knowledge for the classroom; as a teacher learning from expert teachers about pedagogy associated with a specific discipline; as a teacher peer sharing good practice and skills associated with own expertise. These models of learning support you throughout your training and into your careers when you ned to be able to activate your own continuing professional development.

You will learn how to select themes, plan, create resources, work safely, explore initiatives and push boundaries and work beyond orthodoxies, work with wider organisations to enrich your own knowledge, understanding and networks, assess effectively for learning, evaluate and further develop your own philosophy of education within our discipline.

Course info

UCAS Code W1X1

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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