The Professional Master of Education (PME) is a two-year masters programme which leads to a professional qualification to teach Art and Design at second level. The conceptual framework that underpins the delivery of the PME programme operates on the principle that ‘art teacher education is not centrally concerned with the teaching of art, or teaching about art, but rather is expressly committed to teaching through art’ (Granville, 2013).

The question, ‘what does it mean to teach and make art that is of and for our time?’ anchored the PME cohorts’ experience of the programme. It was explored through many facets including their design and delivery of curriculum in post primary education, research inquiries and learning encounters that involved peer tutoring, special educational needs placements, and engaging with the gallery as a pedagogical site.

The programme is orientated around a sustained immersion in one’s practice as artists and designers. Essentially how the student teachers think, contextualise and make work as artists and designers informs their methodology as future teachers. The annual Change Lab experience and exhibition in the NCAD Gallery gives the student teachers the opportunity to do just that. This sought to support the teachers collectively in tackling themes of development education, and in designing a dynamic art curriculum for second level through their art and design practice. The Change Lab is about the duality that exists between pedagogy and practice from the lens of the artist and, in turn, the activist-educator.

The following PME students were unable to make individual contributions to the digital catalogue due to circumstances beyond their control. Their school placements are listed below.

Ciaran Doyle: Woodbrook College, Bray, Co. Wicklow. East Glendalough Community School, Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow.

Kim Fulton: Sutton Park School, Sutton, Dublin 13. St Michael's College, Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4.

Catherine Hanlon: Hartstown Community School, Hartstown, Dublin 15. Convent of Mercy, Ardnanagh, Co. Roscommon.

Francis Quinn: Blakestown Community School, Blakestown, Dublin 15. Marino College, Fairview, Dublin 3.

Lauren Sarsfield: St. David's C.B.S., Artane, Dublin 5. Dominican College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.