GMIT Prospectus 2022/23


Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Art, Design and Graphics (Level 8)

Code: GA285 Level: 8

Why study B.Ed. Art, Design and Graphics? If you have a dream of becoming a post-primary teacher, have a flair for creativity and enjoy design and technical challenges, then this is a course tailor-made for you. This unique learning opportunity is designed to provide a pathway for students to teach both Art and Design and Communication Graphics in Irish secondary schools. Students will develop their creative skills and learn and apply new digital technologies to enable them to master these subjects. A strong practical focus and carefully designed projects and assignments ensure that students can engage with course content in a meaningful and comprehensive way. The theory and practice of teaching are core elements of the course, and students are afforded an opportunity each year during School Placement to develop their teaching skills in supportive and inclusive school environments. Small group sizes as well as the use of numerous and innovative teaching techniques and learning technologies will make for a varied and stimulating learning experience. Design-led projects focused on design, art techniques, CAD and graphics ensure graduates are competent and confident in their role as a professional teacher. What will I study?

What are my Career Opportunities? Graduates of this highly specialised post-primary teacher education course can apply to the Teaching Council for qualifications to teach Visual Art and Design and Communication Graphics to Leaving Certificate honours Level. They can also apply to teach Art and Graphics within the new Junior Cycle curriculum. Graduates will also have a suite of skills that are highly sought-after including design, 3D modelling and visual and graphic communication. Follow-on Studies On completion of Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Art, Design and Graphics graduates can apply for post-graduate courses in related areas. Other key information • Applicants must have a minimum H5 in one of the Leaving Certificate subjects of Art or Design & Communication Graphics • Vetting Requirement: All places are offered on this course subject to satisfactory Garda vetting clearance. • This course is designed to meet the requirements for Teaching Council post-primary registration and is going through the normal accreditation process.

Year 1: • Learning Innovation and Skills • Design Elements • Creative Disciplines - Art & Design 1 • Visual Culture and Critical Studies • Art Elements & Design Principles (Drawing - 2D & 3D) Year 2: • Graphics and Computer Applications • Visual Culture and Critical Studies 2 • Education Projects 2 (Art) • Design Process 2 • Technical Graphics • School Placement 1 • Creative Disciplines - Art & Design 2 • Theory of Teaching and Learning • School Placement 2

Year 3: • Creative Disciplines - Art & Design 3 • School Placement 3 • Curriculum and Assessment • Education Studies • Education Projects 3 (Art) • Applied Graphics Year 4: • Creative Disciplines - Art & Design 4

Dr Dermot O’Donovan, GMITDepartment of Creative Education

“Students on this course develop a unique blend of teaching, creative, design and digital

skills in a very supportive and structured learning environment. As students progress through the course they learn how to teach and to share their knowledge and experience through Art and DCG, within a post-primary classroom. The course learning assignments are practically orientated and are strongly linked to educational theory, practice and research.”

• School Placement 4 • Advanced Graphics • Professional Studies • Dissertation

Work Experience Students on this course undertake School Placement within each year of the course in a range of educational settings, but predominantly within Post-Primary Schools. Students are provided with an opportunity to gradually develop their teaching skills within a supportive framework with tuition and guidance provided by educational experts including GMIT lecturers, practicing teachers and school principals.

CAMPUS Centre for Creative Arts &Media

Galway School of Design & Creative Arts

DURATION 4 years


Talk to us: John Langan, Course Chair, Tel: +353 91 745451 | E-mail:


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