Fiona King


Coordinator of the Professional Master of Education (PME) in Art Education; Lecturer and Researcher in Art and Design Education

Fiona King is the coordinator of The Professional Master of Education (PME) programme and a lecturer and researcher in Art Education within the School of Education in the National College of Art and Design (NCAD). Fiona is a graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design where she studied Fine Art Print and NCAD where she obtained a post graduate and masters qualification in art education.
Fiona has over 20 years extensive teaching experience at both second and third level in the field of visual arts and gallery education. She has worked as a lecturer in Initial Teacher Education across several third level institutes including, Trinity College Dublin, Maynooth University Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Marino Institute of Education (MIE) and as an interim coordinator of the Ubuntu Network within the Dept. of Education & Professional Studies, University of Limerick.

Research Interests

Fiona was the Irish researcher on the pan European Creative Connection project funded with the support of the European commission under the Comenius scheme. Creative Connections was a three-year collaborative curriculum development and research project involving six partner Universities in developing ‘connectedness’ between schoolchildren across Europe through exploring art, citizenship and digital media. The participating countries included the UK, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Czech Republic and Finland.

Her research interests are two fold, firstly to examine how curriculum is conceptualized and operationalized within the PME programme in NCAD. Secondly to investigate what philosophical and theoretical framework can shape a curriculum specification and methodological approach to respond to the current pedagogical shifts in curriculum reform in Post Primary Art and Design education.

Fiona is joint programme leader on the Global Education Module, a curricular development and research project, entitled the Change Lab within the PME programme. The Change Lab initiative involves locating GE within the heart of learning in Year 1 of the PME programme and culminated in an exhibition and showcase event in the NCAD Gallery in May 2017.

The Change Lab project provides a critical space to re imagine the possibilities of art and design education. Within this space, ideas of art and design education are tested and critiqued and old orthodoxies are dissected, questioned and reconstructed to change the student art teacher’s perception of what it means to make and teach art through a Global Education lens.

The module has evolved into a pedagogical approach through which student art teachers can engage with key issues of our time through their art practice. Students are encouraged to view themselves as Artists, Activists and Educators, lenses that allow them to consider the multiple aspects of their identity as teachers. Fiona’s current research interests center around an evaluation of the Change Lab initiative to record the student teacher’s perceptions of the Change Lab experience.

Through her work as a researcher in NCAD and as a member of the Ubuntu Network she has published and presented her research at both national and international educational conferences, including the Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI), The Five Nations Conference and The European Conference on Educational Research (ECER).

Research Students

Thesis supervision for PME students in the School of Education in NCAD and TCD



King, F. & Jordan D. (2012) Exploring Citizenship Concepts Through an Art Based Lens. Journal Diálogos com a Arte. Portugal.

King, F. (2012) Merging the Aesthetic with the Issue: Exploring Development Education Through a Visual Arts Lens in M. Liddy and M. Parker Jenkins
Education That Matters: Teachers, Critical Pedagogy and Development Education at Local and Global Level'. Peter Lang

King, F & Murphy, T. (2011) Changing Landscapes: Integrating Development Education Issues into the Art Craft and Design Curriculum in T. J. Batteson and R. Tormey Teaching Global Perspectives: Introducing Student Teachers to Development Education. Dublin: Liffey Press.

Educational Resources

Ubuntu Network Action Research and Other projects to Integrate Development Education into initial Teacher Training.

Cusack, M. & King, F. (2015) Learning to Look: Global Learning Project Teaching and Learning Unit. A resource to support Junior Cycle Digital Media Literacy & CSPE short courses.

King, F. (2012) The Francis Bacon Studio: A Resource for Leaving Certificate Students Considering the Gallery Question. Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.

King, F. & Keogh, A. (2010) ‘In Colour’ Art Teacher resource booklet. Fingal Co. Council.

IJADE The International Journal of Art & Design Education Conference, NCAD, November Dublin 2017

Title: The Change Lab; Re-conceptualizing Art and Design curriculum through the lens of the artist, teacher - activist.

Ubuntu Dialogue Day; Curriculum, Policy and Advocacy: The Increasing Need for Development Education. May Dublin 2017

An overview of projects and teacher educators’ reflections on Integration in practice.

The European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) and The European Educational Research Association (ERRA) symposium, Budapest, Hungry, September 2015.

Title: Expanded Horizons in an Intercultural Context; creating an innovative visual methodological framework to influence and inform student art teachers’ pedagogical practice.

National Seminar on Global Citizenship Education Beyond Education to Review Society, Senigallia, Italy. September 2015.

Title: Learning to Look; Active Learning for Global Citizenship.

Creative Connections Conference, Mapping Identity: Art, Citizenship and Digital Media as a Space for Learning within the Creative Connections project. National College of Art and Design, Dublin, November 2014.

Title: Enabling ‘Pupils Voices’ through Art, Citizenship and Digital Media. An overview of the Creative Connections project.

The European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) and The European Educational Research Association (ERRA) symposium, Porto, Portugal, September 2014.

Title: Exploring Visual Literacy and Pupils Voice Through Contemporary Art Works Within a European Context.

Symposium on Arts as Activism presented at the Educational Studies of Ireland (ESAI) Conference, Athlone, April 2014.

Title: The Material, The Image and The Art‐Making Process as a Reflexive Pedagogical Tool in Development Education.

The Five Nations Conference, Edinburgh Dec 2013. 

Title: Negotiating Individual and Collective Identities Across Europe Through the Lens of Visual Art.

Amnesty International showcase event to mark ten years of the Voice Our Concern programme. Dublin, April 2013.

Title: Art as Activism: Picturing the Invisible. Exploring Development Education Issues and Concepts Through a Visual Arts Lens.

Creative Connections - Pan European research network including Charles University, Czech Republic, University of Roehampton, UK, University of Lapland, Finland, University of Barcelona, Spain and Instituto Politecnico, Viana do Castelo, Portugal.

Member of the Ubuntu Management Committee. The Ubuntu Network, funded by Irish aid comprises of a community of 13 Higher Education Institutions, NGO representatives and partner organizations across Ireland.

The Change Lab exhibition & presentations event. Collaborative action research project with The School of Education in the National College of Art and Design in association with the Ubuntu Network, Dept. of Education & Professional Studies, University of Limerick.

ITE representative on the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) Subject Development Group for New Leaving Certificate Art Curriculum for Post Primary education.

Design and coordination of the Global Education Module, School of Education. TCD.