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Teaching Visual Arts for Primary and Early Years Education (MA)

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  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Masters Degree

  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

Admission Requirements:

Applicants are expected to have either:

  • A BEd (minimum H2.2) for primary school teaching or equivalent recognised qualification or
  • A BA in Early Childhood Care and Education (Level 8) (minimum H2.2) or
  • An equivalent qualification in primary, early years or special education.

Garda Vetting:
This programme may require applicants to undergo a Garda Vetting process. This requirement is due to the mandatory external placement element of the programme which will bring the applicant into contact with children or vulnerable adults and in which they will assume positions of trust.




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Course Fee

EU Applicants: €4,500

Course Programme

This innovative programme is the first of its kind in Ireland to offer the specific award of Master of Arts in Teaching Visual Arts in Primary and Early Years Education. The programme is aimed at educators within Primary and Early Years Education who are interested in further developing their knowledge and skills in the area of visual arts education.

The programme is offered by the Department of Art and Design Education based at CIT Crawford College of Art and Design and offers a flexible and accessible framework and delivery. The programme is offered on a part-time basis subject to applicants’ needs and module demand.

The programme offers modules that will collectively explore the relevance of the Visual Arts in the education of children from Early Years Education through Primary Level. It exposes students to the crucial factors that impact on this process. It is designed to provide students with a wide range of theoretical and practical insights into how children learn through the Visual Arts.


The programme is delivered through a flexible framework of formal lectures, tutorials and practical art and craft workshops. It offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in visual arts teaching to meet curriculum requirements or to allow students to become visual arts specialists in their workplace.

The programme content provides the following themes of study:

  • The role of the Visual Arts in child development
  • Planning and managing visual arts learning activities
  • Visual Arts Practice, traditional and technological
  • Art History and Appreciation
  • Art Therapy
  • Inclusive and Special Needs Education through Visual Arts
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Research Methodologies

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This programme is aimed specifically at:

  • Educators at Primary level, both experienced or newly qualified, who wish to develop expertise in teaching visual arts and who wish to advance their qualifications to MA Level.
  • Childcare professionals with suitable qualifications with similar aspirations with regard to teaching visual arts.
  • Those involved in other specific education programmes.

Course Structure Part-Time

2 years (5 Semesters, September to June)
No. of semesters: 5
No. of weeks per semester: 12
No. of timetable hours per week: 6 - 8

ECTS: 90 


Students will be expected to complete six taught modules and a dissertation to gain the required 90 credits.

Click here for full list of modules.


  • Online application is currently closed. Please e-mail Albert Walsh (
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €450 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.


Mr Albert Walsh
+353 (0) 21 4335247