Aesthetic Education and Creative Design
(Certificate (Supplementary Course))

Craftsman's workplace with the glowing "look and think" lettering. © Institut für Gestaltungspraxis und Kunstwissenschaft/LUH
© Institut für Gestaltungspraxis und Kunstwissenschaft/LUH


Course type
Postgraduate studies (Certificate programme)
Standard Course Duration
4 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Language of Instruction
Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Study Fees

The study fee for the certificate is 180 EUR per semester for guest students. For students enrolled at Leibniz Universität Hannover the certificate is free.

Short Description

The intergenerational and interdisciplinary Certificate of Studies in Aesthetic Education and Creative Design, run by the Centre for Continuing Education at Leibniz Universität Hannover, is open to students from all faculties as well as occasional students. The programme involves aesthetic projects ranging from the comprehensive sensitisation of perception to processes of independent creative design, based on a close connection between practical experience and theoretical reflection. Rather than being continuing education for artists, the study programme seeks to achieve the concentrated development of aesthetic skills in the interplay of the university’s range of subjects. A whole host of artistic and scientific techniques are offered, as well as exercises on perception, self-experience and the experience of difference, and on forms of adequate presentation. The institute’s artistic/experimental workshop provides a wide variety of media and materials for creative activities. Painting, print graphics, drawing, photography, video, installation and performance follow the basic idea of “art across media”.

Course Content

  • Aesthetic dimensions of educational work
  • Aesthetic projects
  • Aesthetic theory
  • Art history and art, and mediation of art
  • Artistic experimentation
  • Development of visual, media and design skills
  • Perception and creative design in the fine arts
  • Presentation and exhibition practice
Course Structure

The Certificate of Studies is devoted to the specific development of creativity and aesthetic skills in occupational and non-occupational areas of activity. Students learn reflected aesthetic experience and creative approaches in a combination of theory and practice. The programme primarily gives students the opportunity to use their senses and reflect on works of art and their own artistic processes and to independently develop aesthetic potential. Students who have completed the programme have acquired fundamental perception and design skills (power of visual evaluation) and the capacity to develop and present aesthetic projects in a practical manner with theoretical reflection.



Compulsory module

Aesthetic Practice (ÄP)

(9 CP)

Compulsory module

Aesthetic Theory (ÄT)

(6 CP)

Compulsory module

Aesthetic Project (ÄPro)

(12 CP)

Compulsory elective module (WP)

(3 CP)


Aesthetic Practice I


Range of compulsory elective modules, including:

  • Art History/Art and Design Practice or
  • Performing Arts or
  • Education Sciences or
  • Educational Psychology


Aesthetic Practice II
Aesthetic Theory I





Aesthetic Theory II
Aesthetic Project I





Aesthetic Project II


Recommended Abilities
  • Sensitivity to perception and openness to experimentation
  • Willingness to explore aesthetic theory and practice
Career Opportunities

The acquisition of perception and design skills enables students to add creative methods, aesthetic forms of knowledge and basic visual and media skills to a variety of occupational and non-occupational areas of activit.

Admission requirements and application

Application Deadlines

The application period starts on the 1st of September and ends on the 1st of October. For the application and the first registration a counselling interview in the guest students office is required - please make an appointment.

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Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Zentrale Studienberatung
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover