The Master programme (4 semesters) Art Education (AE) aims to impart an artistic, scientific as well as technical-didactic training course, with particular focuses on pedagogy, educational science and professional practice, for future teachers at middle and higher secondary schools. The qualification to teach the subject of Art Education can only be acquired following the successful completion of the Bachelor and Master programmes for the respective discipline.
The curriculum takes account both of the current advancement of the arts and of the state of research regarding the sciences involved. In this, it interconnects with the curricula of secondary schools and the general and holistic educational objectives they embody. Developments in the fields of art, culture and society are perceived and actively co-determined by students. Graduates have acquired an inclusive mindset and are able to make productive use of the manifold abilities, know-how and positions of their pupils in their work.
The curriculum reflects the reality that factual knowledge today is accessible and retrievable anytime. Thus students need to acquire orientational knowledge and learn to view education, not as an object to be possessed, but as a process and practice. During their studies, they already become part of an expert public and contribute actively to the development of the discipline as a learning system (exchange of knowledge and experience) (cf. curriculum of the Master programme for (general) secondary school teachers, “Cluster Mitte” development alliance, 2016).
The Master programme of Art Education (subject-specific portion) is composed of five modules: technical didactics, subject-specific science, individual artistic project in the first year, and Master practice stint and Master thesis in the second year.
Curricular elements that concern educational science and pedagogical practice are offered and co-ordinated by Zentrum PPS (Centre for Pedagogical-Practical Studies).
In addition to working as a teacher, the Master programme Art Education opens up possibilities in additional professional fields, e.g. extracurricular youth work, adult education, work in the areas of culture and the media, cultural, art and museum pedagogy, freelance artistic professions and others.
At Kunstuniversität Linz, the AE teacher training programme is organised by the Department of Art Education, which – together with the Departments of Didactics and Artwork Practice – offers a great variety of courses and classes. Co-operation ventures with Austrian and foreign institutions (e.g. Ars Electronica, Crossing Europe, etc.) may be drawn upon by students for independent projects. Moreover, students have the possibility to attend classes and courses of all “Cluster Mitte” partner organisations.