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Changing subject to Art teaching at secondary school level

Discussion in 'Art and design' started by ctmg701, May 24, 2018.

  1. Hi all,

    Just looking for some advice please. I’m a 27 year old fully qualified teacher of music at secondary school level and have taught for a few years in various schools in England and in Northern Ireland (where I’m now based). However I have always felt from a young age that my passion lies with art and I am desperately trying to get information about what I would need to do in order to become an art teacher instead. Unfortunately I was unable to study Art and Music together for my GCSE’s which left me in the position of only picking one- a decision which I have regretted since. I am truly truly passionate about art and although I hold nothing but a ‘best at KS3 level’ award for it I have done a lot of night classes such as watercolour/ dress making/ upholstery/ stained glass etc. I am prepared to do whatever it takes to make this passion a reality and I just want to know where to start. Do I have to do a GCSE/A Level/ Bachelors Degree in art in order to become an art teacher and does my PCGE still stand to me or would I have to do something similar again? I would ideally like to do any required courses in the shortest time possible and complete them in Northern Ireland (i.e. I don’t want to spend around seven years going from GCSE level upwards again) and I would be delighted to hear of any suggestions you may have, however I fully understand that hard work and dedication is required and I’m prepared to give it a shot!

    Thank you and I’d be so grateful for any advice.
  2. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Your QTS technically makes you a qualified teacher (not subject specific for employment purposes).
    You cannot do another PGCE as you are a qualified teacher already.
    Your chances of being considered for a contract post as an Art teacher are slim, especially if there are candidates with GCSE, A level, degree and PGCE in an Art-related subject.

    You might get temporary employment as an Art teacher if there is no-one with Art credentials available. That would mean giving up secure employment for supply work.
    I worked on general supply with an MFL specialism (I had done History of Art as a subsidiary subject for a year at university in 1973/4) and was employed to cover one month as an Art teacher. The teacher on sick leave was signed of for longer and my month's employment became a half term, then a term and finally ended after 11 months because I had a term-time holiday booked and a supply teacher with an Art specialism became available.

    I loved my time as a Art teacher and started dabbling in Art work in order to be able to do demonstrations.
    My advice to you, if you want to make a career of teaching Art, is to sign up for an A level course in the evenings and to start building up a portfolio. Also, look at the exam specifications for Pure Art and Applied Art.

    It might have to be a longer term goal where you gained a degree or diploma via the Open University or by part-time study at some other institution.
    Do you fee competent to offer tuition to Art groups in your area? That would show your commitment and give you relevant experience. Might you be able to run Art workshops for children, hiring community facilities in the early evening, at weekends or in school holidays? It would all add evidence to a portfolio.

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