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What qualifications & experience did you have before doing a PGCE Secondary Art?

Discussion in 'Art and design' started by paintsplash, May 11, 2011.

  1. For example, did you have a photography degree? I just wonder how common it is for photography graduates (or other related subjects that aren't just fine art) to get onto Art PGCE's.
    How much experience did people have in schools also?
    I have a BTEC ND Photography, a degree in Photography with no 'art' qualifications as such. Will experience with this be ok?
  2. I had a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, and I worked as a cover supervisor in a school. I had also worked running workshops for young people (things like the Big Draw) and some other things and helped with Brownies and Guides, and I got a GTP place no problem.
    A degree in photography would be great, but even better if you could back it up with relevant experience with young people...and be able to explain that you have skills in a variety of areas so you can successfully engage students with the curriculum. I had a photography specialism, but did electives in Graphics and lots of mixed media work ... and a range of experiences in different areas, and this has stood me in good stead later on.

    Hope that helps,
    Naomi x
  3. I'm hoping even though my qualifications are just photography that I will still get onto a PGCE. I'm trying to get a teaching assistant job in a school, so it won't be with secondary level more like primary but I'm hoping that is valid experience anyhow. I'm thinking of taking up some saturday drawing and painting lessons just to brush up on my drawing skills before the PGCE starts again, so that I don't feel like I'm starting from scratch after so many years since school art lessons ended. Has anybody been in a similar boat to me and still been successful in getting onto a PGCE course?
  4. I had a degree in illustration, but no in school teaching experience. I got on the PGCE with the condidtion of attednign three days in a school and getting a report from the school.
    On my PGCE two of the art trainees had photography degrees. Hope that helps
  5. I apologise for my typing, I am really tierd [​IMG]

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