Students of Art Education gain practical skills and develop their abilities in critical reflection. They explore both the experience of visual arts and the theory of art and its communication. At the KU, the subject of Art can be studied in the teaching degree programs for elementary school or secondary school (Mittelschule or Realschule).
The program in detail
The courses on offer are designed on the basis of the following desired skills and learning objectives:
Knowledge of art teaching methods for school and non-school settings
Knowledge of the theory of aesthetic education and methodological plurality
Skills in mediation between art and society using current methods
Development of skills and quality standards for the fields of culture, values and aesthetics
Ability to teach others how to think clearly and critically and enable them to develop aesthetic skills in the context of art education
Theoretical, historical, and practical knowledge of different design techniques
Highly developed personal artistic interests and an ability to handle modern design methods skillfully
A unique, refined artistic personality
The module plans for the individual teacher training programs and subject combinations can be accessed on myway.ku.de .
The Professorship of Art Education and Didactics of Art offers its students workshops and studios for hand drawing and painting, etching and lithography, screen printing, ceramics, metal and wood, textile and multimedia design. Theater and dance projects are realized on campus in further media-equipped rooms. A core element of the equipment at the Professorship of Art Education and Didactics of Art is the "Makerspace" area, in which a wide variety of materials and design techniques are made available, from hand drawing to the use of digital, interactive drawing applications, from scribble to 3D printing and 3D scanning, from draft to creative implementation, in order to initiate and implement creative processes in a flowing transition from analog to digital design fields. At the same time, there is equipment for accessing digital resources, e.g. smartphones, tablets, smartboards or digital drawing boards in order to open up further fields of application.
Here, you will find detailed information on the workshop spaces and the exhibitions of the Professorship of Art Education and Didactics of Art.
Rankings and assessments
KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2022 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. This is the second time in a row, as KU was also voted the most popular university in 2021. The ranking was based on over 70,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 97 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others.
"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.
The Professorship of Art Education and Didactics of Art has numerous contacts abroad in the field of teaching and research. Guest lecturers from international universities regularly teach at the Professorship, and visits to international art exhibitions (e.g. the Biennale di Venezia) as well as field trips to international museums, galleries and studios enrich the program. Courses offered in English invite international students to study Art Education at the KU. The Art Education team gives presentations and talks at international conferences and also teaches at universities abroad.
The KU maintains a partnership network with around 300 universities worldwide. The KU International Office supports students in the planning phase and provides information on different financing possibilities for stays abroad.
At the Professorship of Art Education and Didactics of Art, the concept "Thinking and Learning with Images" opens up the real and digital space of images. Here, the concept of images is meant in a comprehensive sense and includes both images of the surface and pictorial works in space. The examination of such a comprehensive visual world that also consists of hybrid images, the production of which connects different forms of design, aims to produce, reflect and learn to understand images. The mediation in the communication space of art takes art history into account and refers back to the entire time window of artistic creation up to current positions in art. High art and the aesthetics of everyday life form the areas of action of the communication of art. "Commuting" between the visual worlds is a premise and distinguishes a contemporary and sustainable communication of art in all fields of art education.
Career possibilities and professional fields
In addition to developing suitability for the teaching practice, students also qualify for fields of activity in various art educational spheres of activity, in which art production and art reflection are initiated, implemented and also accompanied scientifically. Through the unique cooperation with the Bayerische Museumsakademie, students are given the opportunity to develop the exemplary art educational sphere of action "museum" as a space for experience and learning and as a complementary learning environment, and to gain essential insights into different professional fields of museum work and cultural management. Together with renowned representatives of the cultural sector, students develop concepts for mediation formats of the Bayerische Museumsakademie during their course of studies.
The degree program enables students to teach art and culture in a contemporary and sustainable way, also in extracurricular learning environments of aesthetic education (e.g. museums, youth and adult education institutions), to develop and implement art education programs in the context of lifelong learning, taking into account diversity, heterogeneity and inclusion, and to provide art-related support for therapy and rehabilitation programs.
Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.
What sets the KU apart
Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.
It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.
Do I have to be Catholic in order to study at the KU? Do I have to deal with Catholic contents during my studies?
No, the KU is open to students of all faiths and beliefs.
At the KU, just as at all state universities, there is freedom of research and teaching. This means that our degree programs focus on the subjects for which you have enrolled – free from external influences.
As a student at our University, you will notice what our understanding of being a Catholic University means for us in one thing in particular: The University’s focus is on the individual person. The talents and potential of all those who teach, study, work and carry out research at the KU form our most important foundation – regardless of their religion or beliefs, nationality, ethical, cultural or social background, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or age.
This is why we promote your best possible academic education through personal support and an ideal staff-to-student ratio. At the same time, the KU is more than just a place for earning your degree: We attach particular importance to imparting social skills and advancing our students’ sense and value orientation in addition to providing them with a high level of academic and methodical qualification.
Our aspiration for our University is to build bridges between science and society and to make knowledge available for society as well as to integrate impulses from outside the University into our research and teaching practice. We aim to make a valuable contribution to social coexistence, to the free democratic basic order and to preserving creation.
Isn’t Eichstätt quite small for a university town?
With a population of around 15,000, it is probably the smallest university town in Europe. For our students, this means living and learning in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Whether it is on the way to a lecture in the morning, at the canteen for lunch or in the pub in the evening, you will often come across people you know. It is easy to meet people in Eichstätt! By the way, the KU’s “living room” is the Theke, a bar run by students for students. Here, people meet for parties, jam sessions, karaoke evenings or a cozy round of table football.
A small town also means short distances: The library, the swimming pool, the cinema or the supermarket – everything can be reached in a few minutes on foot or by bike. The town is located right in the heart of the Altmühltal natural park – a real paradise for climbers, canoeists, hikers and cyclists just around the corner.
Should you still reach a point when you feel too cooped in, you can breathe big city air easily near Eichstätt. Ingolstadt with its 135,000 inhabitants is only a few kilometers away and offers a variety of shopping and nightlife options.
Eichstätt and the surrounding Altmühltal natural park are not only a popular destination for culture enthusiasts and nature lovers, but also for cyclists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors. Located between Munich and Nuremberg, the city impresses with its Baroque setting and southern flair combined with modern and prizewinning architecture as well as a broad variety of cultural offerings and leisure activities.
The Baroque park at the heart of the campus and the nearby banks of the Altmühltal river are the KU’s “green living room”. Another big advantage: all University facilities are just a short walk away from each other.
Some offers and study conditions are different for international students – our International Office is happy to provide help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team. We are happy to accompany you on your way to the KU and hope that we can welcome you in person soon!
General university entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
Passing an aptitude test
Application period winter
The application process for international applicants is now completely digital. You can register online in our application portal and carry out and submit your application. After you have carried out the application and uploaded your documents, you do not need to send your documents to us again by post. You do have to submit certified true copies only if you are admitted at the time of enrollment.
Depending on the course of study, you may be asked for information on internships, professional experience, etc. Please upload the relevant documents in the upload area for all the information you provide, even if these are not mandatory fields!
For studying Art in the context of a teaching degree program, students must pass an aptitude test. We recommend that applicants arrange an appointment for a discussion with the professor or one of the lecturers before submitting their portfolio.
The deadline for applications is June 30 of each year.
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