Art & Design

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Applicants will have a degree in art related specialisms and the portfolio represents an important part of the interview process.  Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have considered how to develop their subject knowledge in the National Curriculum, GCSE and A level requirements for A&D, especially where topics have not been covered by their degree.  Along with an awareness of educational issues, a desire to excite, stimulate and engage young people from 11-18 with the possibilities and pleasures open to them in studying Art and Design is a good starting point for an application.

Trainees come together with Ben Clarke, the Subject Lead, for a weekly opportunity to learn more about the subject and the pedagogy of Art and Design. It is an opportunity to learn from Ben, visiting experts and each other.  Sessions are usually at Balcarras School, Cheltenham, on a Thursday.

Trips and visits extend trainees’ subject knowledge, see art first-hand and provide ideas for school trips and the value of them. The course provides lots of opportunities for trainees to develop their practical skills linking with the work of contemporary artists.

A subject tutor from the University of Bristol will introduce the PGCE assignments on curriculum practice and curriculum research.  The University of Bristol does not offer its own Art PGCE and these assignments are specially designed for GITEP.

Trainees start the year with three weeks of professional studies, a programme of lectures, workshops and expert speakers, to give a context to the course.  By the end of September trainees start their “Parent 1” placement and will be in school full time until mid-December.

There are another two weeks of professional studies either side of Christmas.  In January trainees start their “Twin” placement in a second school.  There are more professional studies weeks before Easter then trainees return to their first school for their “Parent 2” placement.  The final placement includes an enhancement week to give opportunities to experience particular aspects of teaching.


There is currently no bursary available for this subject
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Subject Lead

Art and DesignBen Clarke

Thomas Keble School

Now in the 25th year of his career, Ben has taught in four settings and has enjoyed being Head of Department for 20 of these. He has a Masters in Art Education and works as Training Manager at his current school. Ben has been a Head of Design Technology for many years and has taught a range of subjects. He is a Senior Associate Teacher at the University of Bristol and a Specialist Leader of Education through the Balcarras Teaching Partnership.

Ben is a keen advocate of collaborative learning and creative education, believing that the Art curriculum provides a rich base for skill development, reflection and cultural understanding.

Ben is an Honorary Teaching Fellow of the University of Bristol.

Entry Requirements


  • An Art degree (or equivalent) or a related subject.
  • Maths and English at Grade C/Level 4 or above at GCSE.


  • Degree at 2:2 or above.
  • Involvement with young people in some capacity.
  • An awareness of issues in Art & Design education.

Routes & Course Codes

Institute CodeSCITTLead PartnerPGCE with QTS
1ZBOdyssey Teaching School Hub2HBV

If you have any questions please call us on 01242 505945 or complete the form on the contact page.