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ART.Education (Bachelor of Arts)

ART.Education (Bachelor of Arts)

The degree programme ART.Education at the HBK Braunschweig is the right choice for those who want to develop a teaching practice based on an advanced artistic practice for secondary schools. Students will learn how to empower school students to develop personal aesthetic experiences and approaches to art, architecture and design.

The course duration for the Bachelor degree is eight semesters, the majority of which (six semesters) are spent studying Fine Art. In the foundation and specialised classes, students will develop, observe and discuss the results of their work together with students enrolled in the Fine Art degree programme. They will become acquainted with a variety of workshops and techniques and develop their own exhibitions and concepts for art education.

In accompanying seminars in art education and pedagogy, in Art History and Aesthetics, and in Media Studies, students are given the skills they need to engage with the complexity and range of art as a school subject. Internships in schools and museums will give students a chance to experience teaching in real life and can be used as a basis for their own projects.

The accompanying secondary subject (German, English or History) at Technische Universität Braunschweig is a shorter course. Students who successfully complete their secondary subject are awarded a teaching qualification that entitles them to teach classes in this subject up to year 10.

What happens after graduation?
In order to teach Art plus German, English or History at a secondary school in Germany, it is a basic condition that you must first obtain a Bachelor's degree. This permits you to continue on to a Master’s degree in Education and subsequently, to the practical stage of teacher training that is the prerequisite for obtaining full certification as a state-recognised school teacher in Germany.



Degree programme Bachelor of Arts
Standard period of study 8 semesters
Choice of minor subjects German, English, History (at the TU Braunschweig)
Study of Art – Foundation and Specialised Classes Painting, Graphic Design/Printmaking, Sculpture/Installation, Experimental Drawing, Photography, Film/Video, Sound Art and Spatial Concepts, Workshop Practice
Compulsory Modules Art in Discourse, Teaching Methodology, Art Education Project, Art History and Aesthetics, Media Studies, Foundations of Mediation and Dissemination, Internship, Professionalisation
Teaching Language German
Course type Full-time course
Course Commencement Winter semester
Application Period Annually from 1 February to 15 March (deadline by which applications must have been received by the HBK Braunschweig)
Admission Restriction Yes

Entry Requirements

  • General or subject-specific higher education entry qualification, vocational technical diploma in design, or equivalent qualifications and skills gained through work experience and attested through a relevant certificate of access to higher education
  • Proof of special artistic aptitude
  • Minimum age at commencement of study: 17
  • Students whose first language is not German require a certificate of German language proficiency.
  • Students who select English as a minor subject must provide proof of English language proficiency by the time they begin their minor subject study at the TU Braunschweig
  • Students who wish to progress to a higher semester must be offered admission to a specialised class.


Application Process

The application process at the HBK Braunschweig takes place in several stages. During the process applicants must provide proof of ‘special artistic aptitude’. This can be obtained either through successful participation in “Frühstart Kunst” ( or through the submission of an application with a portfolio and successful participation in a selection interview. To apply with portfolio, you should complete the following three steps:

1. Submission of online application via the HBK Braunschweig website
2. Submission of hard copy application with supporting documents by 15 March (date of receipt at HBK Braunschweig)
3. Submit a portfolio of work (either in person or sent by post)

Note: Your portfolio must be submitted and have arrived at the HBK Braunschweig by 31 March. Relevant information and a list of dates on which you may submit your portfolio in person will be published on our website.



The portfolio must be no larger than A1 size and should contain 20 to 30 of your own artworks, which must be originals, not copies. These may be in any genre of your choice, including drawing, painting, graphics/printmaking, sculpture, collage, montage, photography, prints (insofar as these provide the technical basis for the artworks), film/video (max. 3 minutes in length) or sound sculpture/sound installation.

Applicants who wish to specialise in film/video must submit a minimum of 1 -3 films and/or videos of any length.

Applicants who wish to specialise in sound sculpture/sound installation must submit at least 1-3 audio-visual concepts with a focus on media of their choice.

Overall, the submitted artworks should convey what you find emotionally moving and what topics matter to you as an artist. It is important that the works give a personal sense of how you have approached the task you have set yourself each case and how you have found your own artistic resolution without recourse to standardised methods.
The HBK Braunschweig offers regular advice sessions for prospective applicants to assist with questions about the portfolio.

Overall, the submitted artworks should convey what moves you personally and what topics matter to you as an artist. It is important that the works give a sense of your personal approach to dealing with questions you have set yourself and how you have found your own artistic resolution without recourse to standardised methods.
The HBK Braunschweig offers regular advice sessions for prospective applicants to assist with questions about the portfolio.

Last amended by Press and Communication on 22.07.2020