Teaching Art at Catholic and Private Schools (Gymnasium)

Master of Arts
Semester fee
71 Euro
Start of the program
Winter semester
Standard length of the program
6 Semester
Place of study
Part-time studies possible

The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt is currently the only university in Bavaria and beyond in the whole of Germany to offer such an exemplary range of courses. The establishment of the Master's degree program therefore also took place as a special form of profiling of the KU in accordance with its specific profile as the only Catholic university in the German-speaking world. The Master's degree program was developed in agreement with the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Cultural Affairs.

At the KU, this Master's degree program belongs to the group of so-called continuing education Master's degree programs. It is designed as a part-time Master's degree program and has a total and maximum standard length of program of 6 semesters.

The program in detail


The program consists of modules from the fields of art didactics, art practice and art history. In addition, there are modules from the educational sciences. These include the subjects of school pedagogy, general pedagogy and educational psychology.

To graduate in the Master's degree program, students must have earned 120 ECTS credits (which includes 20 ECTS credits for the Master's thesis).

Special features of the concept and the degree

In the context of this study offer, the agreement with the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs stating that this Master's degree program is not a regular teacher training program is of particular importance. Specifically, this means that the examinations completed as part of the Master's degree program or the Master's degree are not equivalent to the so-called "First State Examination for the Teaching Profession at Gymnasium in the Subject of Art", but are equivalent to it in value in accordance with Art. 94 Para. 1 BayEUG. The Master's degree therefore does not entitle the holder to enter the preparatory teacher training (Referendariat) and therefore does not entitle graduates to apply for the state school service at a later date and to be subsequently appointed as a public servant.

Module plan

(available in German)


The Professorship of Art Education and Didactics of Art offers 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 (in german) on the workshop spaces and the exhibitions of the Professorship of Art Education and Didactics of Art.

Rankings and assessments

The KU is the most popular university in 2022

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.

More ranking results

Career possibilities and professional fields

Career prospects

With the completion of this Master's degree program, graduates can apply for permanent employment at a church and private Gymnasium, a church and private Realschule or a private specialist secondary school for design. As a rule, they are then offered permanent employment after a review of their pedagogical suitability by the office of the Ministerial Representative.

Alumni testimonials


"The part-time Master’s degree program for Teaching Art at Catholic and Private Schools offered by the Catholic University of Eichstätt was a great stroke of luck for me. It is unique in Bavaria and combines theory and practice. The private atmosphere, learning in small groups and yet having the possibility to choose…

"The part-time Master’s degree program for Teaching Art at Catholic and Private Schools offered by the Catholic University of Eichstätt was a great stroke of luck for me. It is unique in Bavaria and combines theory and practice. The private atmosphere, learning in small groups and yet having the possibility to choose from a wide range of courses made it easy for me to expand my knowledge with enthusiasm and feel completely at home here."

- Renate Siegl

The KU

Sommerresidenz Luftbild


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.

Studierende vor der Zentralbibliothek

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.

The location

Ortsschild Eichstätt
University town of Eichstätt
Bootsfahrer auf der Altmühl
Canoeing on the Altmühl river
[Translate to Englisch:] Biergarten
Relaxing and celebrating in beer gardens

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.

More on the study location Eichstätt

Advisory Service

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!

David Guevara
David Guevara
Coordinator Welcome Services and International Campus
Building Domplatz 8  |  Room: DP8-203 | Campus Eichstätt


or equivalent in Arts; teaching experience; see examination regulations
Language requirements
Application period winter
May 01 - Jul 01
Admission restriction
Selection procedure

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!

Before you start the application process, please read the additional information on this page, in particular the information on the respective (German) language requirements and university entrance qualifications.

Qualification requirements for the study program

The prerequisite for admission to the Master's program is a first professional university degree in a subject related to art and design, such as art history, architecture, design, etc., from a state university, i.e. academy of fine arts, university, technical university, or university of applied sciences. In addition, applicants must submit proof of at least 2 years in a more than 50%-position (14 hours per week) of employment in regular classes as a temporary teacher of art at a Gymnasium or comparable professional practical experience.

Crediting of study and examination achievements

Crediting takes place when course and examination work has been completed outside the degree program currently being studied and which is intended to replace parts of the degree program. Credit may be awarded if the course and examination work completed elsewhere demonstrates that the student holds skills that enable them to complete the degree program at the KU without any knowledge gaps.

More information is available here (in german).