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Portfolio for PGCE application? Please help!

Discussion in 'Art and design' started by Loheta, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. I've got a friend who's considering applying to a PGCE role for Art & Design, but she's dragging her feet because she's not sure that her portfolio is acceptable to present at the course interview. How varied and complete a portfolio or work presentation did you have for your applications?


    She says: when presenting your work, was the focus on style or range of skills? Did you take a smaller section of specific work showing specific skills (i.e. CAD work or painting) or take different pieces that showed many skills?
    Is there anything in particular they are looking for?


    I'd be really grateful for any advice / perspectives you could give, so that if she decides she will apply this time around she can crack straight on with the personal statement!

    Sorry for the walll-o-text, it ate my paragraphing...
     
  2. I've got a friend who's considering applying to a PGCE role for Art & Design, but she's dragging her feet because she's not sure that her portfolio is acceptable to present at the course interview. How varied and complete a portfolio or work presentation did you have for your applications?


    She says: when presenting your work, was the focus on style or range of skills? Did you take a smaller section of specific work showing specific skills (i.e. CAD work or painting) or take different pieces that showed many skills?
    Is there anything in particular they are looking for?


    I'd be really grateful for any advice / perspectives you could give, so that if she decides she will apply this time around she can crack straight on with the personal statement!

    Sorry for the walll-o-text, it ate my paragraphing...
     
  3. Hi,

    I got accepted on the LJMU traditional Art and Design PGCE for this September 2012, however I did apply last year for the current academic year but was unsuccessful.

    I spent the best part of every night for 3 months working on my portfolio.. I've volunteered in a Primary school doing Art and a Secondary school doing Art, which not long after volunteering I was appointed Art Technician. I finished there in July last year and was lucky enough to be appointed as an Art Assistant at a Sixth Form College close to me. Throughout all my jobs and voluntary work I have collected evidence from lessons that I have taken and art related trips that I have done and put this in my portfolio, I have showed evidence of the students work, alongside my examples that I have given the students.
    I added lots of my own work, including final major project work from my Undergraduate course as well as personal work I've been doing, this included, fine art painting, textiles, graphics, ceramics etc.. a varied range of different processes.
    I took with my an A1 portfolio, with around 100 pages inside, an A1 carry case with different final pieces that I have done as well as small hand made books that I have done with evidence of work that I have done with students.

    Applying for this year might be a bit of a push, usually Universities fill up in December/January and interviews in later months are for the reserve lists, but phone the Uni up and ask them, have a look on the GTTR for spaces left at local uni's

    On my interview we had to pick a piece of our own work, whilst in a group interview with fellow applicants and explain how this piece of work could be used in a lesson and how we struggled to complete the work, and how we over came this.
    The second task was to pick another piece of our work and explain how we could use the technique we used and embed this into a lesson.. In my opinion I think they are looking for originality, I discussed a piece that I did with some Sixth form students, using palette knives to paint instead of paint brushes and how the students found it challenging..
    Always mention an artists or two that has inspired your work, shows your subject knowledge, perhaps even mention it in your personal statement...

    If you end up applying for the next cycle, have everything ready for the GTTR application opening, references and everything, that way you are first on the pile to hopefully get an interview.

    Hope any of that helps
     

  4. Hello, I know this post was ages ago.. but I am just wondering if you can give me some advice?
    I have an interview for Art and Design PGCE and LJMU next week, do you think that this could be for a 'reserve list' as you mention. I've been an art technician for over a year now and have experience in 3 different schools and I am absolutely desperate to get on to a PGCE course, I want nothing more than to become a teacher! Do you have any other tips which you could give me about the interview? I did a BA in textiles at Central St Martins so my portfolio isn't exactly fine art, it shows a broad range of skills, but I am concerned that it lacks painting, do you think that this might be a problem? I do not have any projects in my portfolio that I have worked on with the school.. as you have mentioned was in yours.. do you think that this might also be a problem? I'd really appricate any advice you can give me.. I'm not really sure what to expect.. I've read a lot of posts about discussing educational issues and politics, is this something that came up at your interview? Sorry for all the questions.. I'm really nervous!
    Thank you very much!
     
  5. My suggestion is that you prepare your portfolio as best as you can. Make sure you add personal work that you have done as well as work that you have done in schools. Identify Key Stages and what you have done with them. Your portfolio is in a different room and is looked at by a panel so you don't get to talk about your work whilst someone is there, at this point you go and do other tasks.

    I spent 6 months on my portfolio, as I did 2 years previous experience and TA in a school. So I got a wealth of experience. That is what you need to show.
     
  6. How did you present all of your portfolio? If we are not able to fully discuss it (depending on the university/training provider) should all evidence/work be annotated?

    Thank you in advance and this thread has been so useful already!!
     
  7. I completed a PGCE at Cambridge University, Faculty of Education, this year. My portfolio had no 'traditional' painting in it. I didn't have any artwork created by students, it was all my own work. However I didn't talk about 'me' for example, I explained how the skills I have specialised in (Photography, Conceptual Art, Installation, Experimental Mark-Making & Printmaking) could be developed through my teaching practice.

    It really depends on the institution. For example the PGCE Art & Design course at IOE has an art exhibition at the end of the course exploring individual PGCE students' attitudes towards Art Education. The PGCE Art & Design course at Cambridge University is very academic (50% Master credits) with the potential for MEd and PHD (which I am interested in doing Sept 2014).

    At interview I took my undergraduate dissertation as a friend of mine who completed the same course a few years earlier said they asked to see it. During my interview in 2012 the interviewers looked at it (glad I followed my friend's advice!).

    My interview consisted of 3 other applicants (3 out of the 4 got onto the course). We went around each person's portfolio and they discussed the art practice and we shared thoughts and ideas about our specialisms. The portofolios were not viewed without us present. I know some institutions do this (they did it during my BA). I understand why they do it but, but I'm not a huge fan of that approach.

    I showed my website as a lot of my photography was solely digital at the time (having had a gap between BA and applying for the PGCE so paying for A0 prints was out of the reach). Prior to being selected for interview there was a 500 word written assignment based on a passage from a relevent Art Education publication. As there are between 4-5 written assignments within this particular PGCE course, ranging from 1,500 to 8,000 words this initial assignment determines who is suitable.

    It all depends on the course you choose, as I'm not familiar with the LJMU course I cannot comment specifically. Some are highly academic and want to see Master level ability whilst showing your ability to be an art generalist (showing abilities in a range of disciplines and a number of personal strengths).

    Hope some of this helps, I know a lot is specific to my own experience but I hope some has enlightened you.

    Nerves are natural, if your'e what they are looking for you'll get in. Unfortunately we never know what that is!

    Good Luck!

    Tom
     
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  8. My advice - have student's work (if you have this) by chronological Key Stage at the start of your portfolio and your own work at the back. Show a range of abilities with students' work. It becomes very obvious if you only select high ability work (whilst it may 'look' great it is not showing your ability to teach a range of abilities). So for example Joe Blogs who always refuses to do any work in art, after a few lessons, weeks, months he/she finally creates a work of art put it in. You should be able to explain your portfolio to a potential institution.

    Or in two portfolios. It really depends on personal preference.

    Many PGCE courses aren't expecting you to have a detailed amount of student work for this interview!! That is absurd.

    During the PGCE course you start to build up your Teaching Portfolio from your Professional Placements (normally you have 3 PP, with PP2-3 being in the same school) that includes examples of SoW, Lesson Plans, Keywords, projects you have taught termly, weekly etc. Examples of various Key Stage work ranging in abilities, specific GCSE/A Level subjects (my own examples being GCSE Photography, Fine Art & Unendorsed Art, A-Level Graphics and Fine Art), extra curricular art activities and clubs. This includes photodocumentation of work and students' work that they have agreed for you to have or left after finishing school.

    Even when you are going to interview as an NQT (so during your PGCE course) the departments should be aware you will not have a large portfolio.

    Just make it clear what is your work and what is student work.

    If you have 'taught' either in schools as an Unqualified Teacher or supported as a TA or even just going into schools to observe prior to applying for your PGCE course you can put the work you were involved in on.

    Or additional workshops etc you have been involved in with children or even adults. If it was a learning activity make sure you highlight WHAT the students/people were learning. What the AIM was and how the outcomes reflect the learning.

    I could go into more depth but I don't believe it is necessary at this stage of your future teaching career. Whilst C_Eplett89 makes some valid points, they were an experienced applicant prior to applying (6 months putting together a portfolio of a 2-year TA post and previous personal artwork shows this, but in my opinion is a little excessive).

    Good Luck

    Tom
     
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