Teacher Training for Art Education

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The teacher training program in the subject of Art Education explores the field of tension between the production, reception, and communication of the arts, images, and media. To what extent is production always also a transmission of knowledge? Why are creating and viewing inseparable? The goal of the program is the development of an artistic-practical, researching and mediating approach to the arts, images and media.



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The teacher training programme for secondary education (general education) consists of a Bachelor's and a Master's programme and trains students to become teachers in the chosen teaching subjects. 

The planned duration of the Bachelor's degree programme in Secondary Education (General Education) is 8 semesters. In principle, two teaching subjects must be chosen, which are supplemented by general educational science basics, free electives and integrated pedagogical-practical studies. The subject of Art Education can be combined with any other subject.

The bachelor's degree programme in Artistic Education provides basic training in subject-related sciences and subject didactics, pedagogical sciences, educational sciences and practical school experience as pre-service training for the teaching profession at middle and secondary schools.

In addition to the teaching profession, graduates also have access to professions outside of school: in the field of fine arts, art education, conceptual work in art and cultural institutions, independent child and youth work, art and cultural studies, scientific as well as artistic-scientific research or in the context of adult education.
Specialisation in aesthetic and cultural education is promising not only in the education sector, in the university sector or in the field of social work, but also in the economy, as it opens up many interfaces to other areas. Artistic approaches or creative problem-solving processes certainly play a role in the development of new commercial products and applications.

Depending on the subject with which the BE is combined, a stronger accentuation of artistic-practical, scientific-research or mediating interests can already be consciously made during the course of study.

General study information

The teacher training programme at secondary level (general education) is carried out in cooperation with the following partner institutions (Entwicklungsverbund Cluster Mitte):

Salzburg location

  • Paris Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS)
  • Salzburg University of Teacher Education (PHS)
  • Edith Stein University of Teacher Education (KPH)
  • University Mozarteum Salzburg (MOZ)

Location Linz

  • Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU)
  • University College of Teacher Education Upper Austria (PH OÖ)
  • Private University College of Education of the Diocese of Linz (PHDL)
  • Linz University of Art and Industrial Design (UFG)
  • Anton Bruckner Private University (ABPU)
  • Catholic Private University Linz (KU Linz)

Art education is studied as an art teacher training programme in combination with a freely selectable second teacher training subject. In addition, the study programme is framed by educational science and practical pedagogical training. 

Link to semester plan

The subject-specific part of the degree programme is divided into three major areas, which are interlinked by the common interest in the artistic-research approach to the production, reception and mediation of art, images and media: Subject didactics, subject studies and art practice.

Subject didactics comprises lectures, exercises, proseminars and seminars. These address the understanding of the subject of art education, its historical development, the institutional framework and guidelines. They provide reflection impulses for the activity as a BE teacher and suggestions for the development of different approaches and methods for teaching the contents.

With its lectures, exercises, proseminars and seminars, the subject area offers well-founded insights into the central content of BE: art and architectural history, art and image theory, media and everyday life history, environmental design and cultural studies.

Art practice focuses on practical art engagement. In four classes: Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, Sculpture and Photography/New Media, students can explore a wide range of expressions and attitudes to art production. The permeability of the classes makes it possible not only to perfect individual approaches, but to benefit from a multimodal way of engagement.

In order to be admitted to the Bachelor's programme, various certificates and examinations are required:

  • General university entrance qualification (e.g. Matura, Abitur)
  • Command of the German language (at least level B2 - Common European Framework of Reference CEFR 2001)
  • Positive participation in the general admission procedure for the teacher training programme in the Central Cluster
  • Positive passing of an entrance examination to determine the artistic-pedagogical maturity.

The subject Design: Technology.Textiles must be combined with a second subject. The combination with the teaching subject Fine Arts Education at the Mozarteum University is possible and requires proof of artistic achievements in a separate admission examination.

 The General Admission Procedure for all teacher training programmes consists of several steps:

  • Registration and pre-registration (usually early March to mid-August).
  • Participation in the online self-assessment (= Module A)
  • Payment of the fee
  • Registration for the Electronic Admission Test (several dates to choose from)
  • Participation in the Electronic Admission Test (= Module B)

Please check the cluster website for exact dates and procedures.

The Artistic Admission Examination is only to be taken if you have not completed the Bachelor's degree programme in the Development Network Cluster Mitte.

You can register for the entrance examination via the registration portal for applicants.

Link to the registration deadlines
Link to the examination dates

Documents required for online registration

  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form with photo and current contact details
  • Letter of motivation (approx. one DIN A4 page)
  • School-leaving certificate or (if not yet available) last school report - the original and a copy of the school-leaving certificate must be submitted at the latest at the time of enrolment.
  • (final) certificates as well as examinations and transcripts of records of all previous artistic and/or pedagogical studies
  • Proof of German language proficiency

Form of the documents

  • The documents can be uploaded as PDF files in the application form.
  • If the documents mentioned are not available in German or English, an official translation must also be submitted.

Artistic Admission Examination

The admission examination in the subject Design: Technology.Textiles takes place in presence in the rooms of the KunstWerk in Alpenstraße 75 and consists of the following parts:

  • Presentation of the application portfolio
  • Examination tasks on site
  • Interview with the examination board on personal motivation

On the day of the examination, registration is necessary on site between 8:00 and 8:45 am. At 9:00 a.m. the examination papers will be presented and the procedure will be discussed.

The Course and Examination Management will inform you about the result of the entrance examination by e-mail within 2-3 weeks after the entrance examination. If applicants are unable to take part in the artistic entrance examination, they must deregister in good time.

What do I need to bring with me to the entrance examination?

You will need your photo ID, the original or printed application portfolio and the following materials:

  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Colours
  • Plastic materials
  • Tools
  • Camera

Create 20-30 pieces of work with which you want to apply for the subject Design: Technology.Textiles. This can be sketches, drawings, designs, manufactured objects, graphics and/or photos.

Please note:

  • Label your portfolio on the outside with first name(s) SURNAME.
  • Larger works/sculptures/etc. may be photographed and placed in your folder. Sketchpads are also allowed.
  • Put your name (in pencil) on the back of individual sheets.
  • Bring the original of your application portfolio with you to the admission examination.
  • You can take your application portfolio back with you after the entrance examination.

We also offer (non-mandatory) portfolio consultations. These can be held in person or via ZOOM. Contact address for appointments: KunstWerk@moz.ac.at

If you make an online appointment: If necessary, digitise your work in advance using a scan, photo or computer and create a coherent PDF document. On the day of the portfolio consultation, there will be a video conference in which you share your portfolio as a document online. You will receive the corresponding link after registering for the portfolio consultation.

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