Aoife Keogh


Lecturer in Education
Aoife Keogh

BA Joint Hons 1st & 3rd Year Tutor
BA School Placement Tutor
BA Lecturer in Pedagogical Studies, Curriculum and Art History Methodology
PME School Placement Tutor
PME Lecturer in Professional Preparation for the Classroom and Art History Methodology

Aoife Keogh is a full-time lecturer in the School of Education at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin. She teaches on the undergraduate BA (Joint Hons) in Education and Design/Fine Art and the Postgraduate PME programmes. Aoife has 10 years’ experience teaching at 3rd level, lecturing in Pedagogical Studies and Art History Methodology in initial teacher education (ITE). With a background in textile design and a postgraduate and masters qualification in art education, Aoife has spent 15 years teaching and researching the fields of Art & Design and Education. Her experience includes primary and post-primary teaching in formal, semi-formal and informal settings. Aoife managed The Education Unit from 2009 to 2016, a high support education centre for early school leavers and students with special educational needs.

As a freelance art educator Aoife worked with the Hugh Lane Gallery, the National Museum of Ireland, the Chester Beatty Library and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) to design and facilitate arts based projects and workshops to a range of audiences; including young people with intellectual disabilities, after-school groups and primary school groups. She has a particular interest in experiential learning and creating opportunities for collaborative interdisciplinary practices.

Aoife designs and delivers primary and post-primary teacher Continuing Professional Development (CPD), with both theoretical and practical arts focus. With particular interest in the integration of visual culture in the curriculum, Aoife has worked with a number of arts organisations to produce books and resources specifically for post-primary teachers and learners. Aoife was an Irish team member and researcher in the Images and Identity Comenius project (2008-2010) and her work focuses on learner voice and how young people engage with culture and creativity in various educational settings.

#Stateoftheart Campaign for reform of Leaving Certificate Art (ATAI) 2015-2017

Revised assessment framework for Leaving Certificate Art (2016); surveyed 265 ATAI members; data collated and sent to the State Examination Commission (SEC)

Content and Incentive- A Framework for the Inclusion of Contemporary Irish Art in the Leaving Certificate Curriculum (2009 – 2011) MA thesis NCAD

EU Comenius Research Programme: Member of Irish Research Team to produce online, innovative curriculum materials that integrate learning in Art and Citizenship
through Digital Media (2008 – 2010)

Research Statement

I am especially interested in pursuing research in the field of art education and exploring opportunities for collaboration within the School of Education, across the NCAD and with external partners. Of particular relevance is the area of experiential learning and learner voice, focusing on historical and contemporary visual culture educational theories and the fields of cultural engagement. My ongoing research is concerned with how art and visual culture is experienced by learners with additional educational needs (AEN) within a mainstream setting.

Current and Recent Research 

I am currently researching the field of collaborative interdisciplinary practices in post-primary art education, with the aim of developing a team-teaching programme for BA Joint Hons students.

Ongoing research of art education and curriculum and assessment policy and practice in Irish post-primary education.

Recent research centres on the educational and cultural potential of contemporary Irish art within the post-primary art curriculum.

Research Students

Supervise and examine 2 PME students each year 2015-present



Keogh, A. (2015) Artefacts: Chester Beatty Library: Dublin

Keogh, A. (2013). In Rachel Mason & Carl-Peter Buschkühle (Eds) Images and Identity: Educating Citizenship through Visual Arts. Bristol: Intellect Books

Keogh, A. & King, F. (2010) In Colour: Fingal Co. Council: Dublin

Keogh, A. (2009) Images and Identity: Improving Citizenship Education through Digital Art: Roehampton University


Presentation; IJADE Conference Art as Activism ATAI #stateoftheart Campaign: Towards reform of the Leaving Certificate Art Curriculum

Presentation; ATAI National Conference: Paper on Review of Leaving Certificate Curriculum and Assessment Statistics and Report

Presentation; Museums as places for intercultural dialogue, international seminar: The Chester Beatty Library

2009 – 2011:
The Museum and Gallery as a Space for Learning: Education Centers, Nationwide

Children’s Act Advisory Board (CAAB) – policy report on the Life Centre: Young persons’ care, protection and welfare in alternative education settings and presented at the CAAB Awards for Services to Children and Young People, Croke Park

External Collaborations

Clancy Quay Studio: NCAD Access and Kennedy Wilson artist student award for 4 graduate artists. Concept to logistics, licence agreement, studio design and fit-out, artist mentor and community programme, events/exhibition support and planning.

Member of the steering committee for the Teaching Council of Ireland excellence in education showcase Féilte.

The Chester Beatty Library, research, CPD and collaboration with Education curation team (2013-present).

Young Social Innovator Club Horizon 2020 research project bid, University of Barcelona (2016-2017).

Vice-presidency of the Art Teachers Association of Ireland (ATAI), management and leadership of a national professional organisation, researching educational policy, developing social media and organising national and regional events and the funding and administration responsibilities of the position (2015-2017).

Member of the artist panel Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and The National Museum of Ireland (2000-2002).