Lehramt Kunsterziehung an Gymnasien (Teaching Qualification [Secondary Education] in Art Education [First and Dual Subject])

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10 Semesters 31 March How to apply

Teaching Qualification in Art Education as a First or Dual Subject

The module-based Gymnasium-level teacher certification programmes »Art Education as a First Subject« and »Art Education as a Dual Subject« are both strongly project-oriented which, along with instilling self-organisational skills, improves the students’ ability to reflect, cooperate, and conduct research work.

All teacher trainees are equitably integrated into projects which focus on Fine Art, Product Design and Visual Communication. Throughout the degree programme, students are confronted with both the academic and extramural contexts of Art Education as demonstrated by the long-standing cooperation with the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and the Faculty of Architecture in the professional field of »Architecture and Teaching«.

The integrated practical semester, which is based on the Jena Model, allows students to gain intensive experience with schools at an early stage. Students of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar may choose to study Art Education as the first of two subjects or as a dual subject. It is also possible for students in Thuringia to gain Gymnasium-level teacher certification in both Art and Music Education. Courses in a second subject and/or Educational Sciences are offered at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena.

Programme content

The teacher certification programme in Art Education provides students with fundamental knowledge of current and historic concepts and theories. This allows students to reflect on artistic, design-related, scientific and didactic issues and problems. It also builds skills which help them think and work in an art-pedagogical manner conducive to teaching Art Education. The reflection on subject-specific role expectations encourages students to develop their own professional, art-educational concepts. These include gaining artistic and/or design-related expertise and developing a curiosity-driven attitude. The interdisciplinary link between artistic, scientific and art-educational questions and problems defines the overall structure of the programme.

In addition to gaining scientific expertise in the disciplines of History and Theory of Art, Design, Visual Communication and Aesthetics, the programme also acquaints students with the latest subject-based research in the fields of didactics, methodology and applied development psychology. A significant portion of the programme is devoted to teaching the artistic and design-related fundamentals and their application. One of the main objectives is to demonstrate that developing a professional, art-educational self-image is an individual and on-going process. It encourages students to develop their own artistic and design-related forms of expression, to apply various materials and techniques in the faculty’s workshops, and to critically reflect on one’s own artistic and design process and art-educational approach. As part of the subject-related didactic module, students are taught to apply relevant theory to practical application and analysis, to cooperate and innovate.

Special characteristics

Students can combine »Art Education as a First Subject« with all other Gymnasium-level teacher certification courses offered at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. The cooperation with the University of Jena, however, makes commuting back and forth between Weimar and Jena necessary.

Art Education can also be studied as a »dual subject«, in which case students are only required to take Educational Science courses in Jena instead of a second teaching subject.

To gain admission to this teacher certification programme, students must pass an assessment examination, demonstrating particular artistic and/or design-related competence. Candidates, who wish to commence their studies in the winter semester, are required to register for the assessment examination at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar by 31 March.

Programme structure

The standard period of study for Gymnasium-Level Teacher Certification in Art Education is ten semesters which includes two semesters of examinations and one practical semester. Students are expected to complete all course work within the first nine semesters. Because of the intensive workload, we recommend that students complete one project module or two subject-specific modules per semester. All examinations are administered throughout the certification programme.

The programme commences in the winter semester of each academic year and concludes with the First State Examination for Gymnasium-level teacher certification in »Art Education as a First Subject« or »Art Education as a Dual Subject«. Both degrees qualify the candidate for the preparatory phase and eventual employment as an art teacher at a Gymnasium or comprehensive school (Gemeinschaftsschule). Graduates are also qualified for related positions at extramural and museum-educational institutions. The successful completion of this programme is a prerequisite for earning a doctorate in the area of Art Didactics or participating in a PhD programme at the Faculty of Art and Design.


The career prospects for teachers are relatively favourable at the moment, though there are differences depending on the type of school and subject of instruction. Thuringian certification in Gymnasium-level Art Education as a First Subject is recognised in all other states in Germany, while certification in Art Education as a Dual Subject is only recognised in Thuringia, Bavaria, North-Rhine Westphalia and Berlin. To improve one’s chances of employment, we recommend that students in »Art Education as a Dual Subject« take up a supplementary subject.


Candidates should be open to embracing experimental forms of art-design instruction and be willing to reflectively examine their own working process. Students are expected to demonstrate competence in school educational practice and knowledge of current developments in the art field. Creativity, independence, verbal competence and flexibility are essential for successfully completing the programme. To meet these academic requirements, candidates are expected to develop their own artistic identity and art-pedagogical working method. Studying at two different locations requires a high degree of organisational skill, both in terms of drawing up timetables and the willingness to combine acquired expertise and skills in an interdisciplinary fashion.

Language requirements

The teacher certification programmes in Gymnasium-level Art Education as a First and Dual Subject are only offered in German.

The degree programme is thought by the following professors: