The Arts

Scotland’s schools encourage pupils to explore creative expression and offer a rich and varied programme of study in the creative Arts.

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What’s involved?

Teaching in the Arts varies from school to school but tends to cover subject areas such as Drama, Dance, Music and Art & Design. Many modern schools are also well equipped with state-of-the art studio spaces and technical equipment that enhances the creative scope and ambition of both pupils and teachers alike. Curriculum for Excellence also offers a multitude of ways that the expressive arts can be linked to other subject areas within the school.

Teacher training options in The Arts

  • Art and Design teachers must have a degree in art and design (or a similar subject) and a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).
  • Dance teaching tends to be delivered by teachers of physical education who either have a degree in a suitable sports subject (including Dance) and a post-graduate PGDE qualification or they will have studied a degree that combines sport and education.
  • Drama teachers must have a degree in drama or theatre studies plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).
  • Music teachers need a degree in music plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) OR a degree that combines music and education.