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Art as subject in the Bachelor's degree programme in Special Needs Education

Art as subject in the Bachelor's degree programme in Special Needs Education
(Bachelor of Arts)

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Course type
Undergraduate studies (2 Subjects bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester
Language of Instruction
Language Requirements

German HZB: none
International application: German C1
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Special Requirements

The proof of a special educational internship or equivalent practical work in educational work with people with disadvantages or disabilities is compulsory.

For the subject Art, a proof of artistic ability is necessary to determine the qualification to study.

Restricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Art is offered as a second subject (or supplementary teaching subject) within the bachelor's programme Special Needs Education. As first subject Special Needs Education is studied. The first two semesters are reserved for the contents of the first subject. The courses of the second subject will be added by the third semester. The first subject, special education, is studied at Leibniz University of Hannover, the second subject, art, at the Braunschweig University of Fine Arts (HBK Braunschweig).

The focus of the second subject of art is the relationship between art and inclusion in art education practice as well as in artistic and design processes. The aim is to test and scientifically reflect on translation processes between art and special needs education contexts, be it a school, a support centers or other educational and cultural institutions. At the same time, work in multi-professional teams, as required in everyday educational life today, is trained.

Material testing and exercises are an opportunity for aesthetic experiments and individual and collective artistic processes, which provide an opportunity for exchange in presentations. The interaction between theory and practice creates fundamental design skills. By examining current and historical art as well as one's own artistic processes, the differentiation of perception is encouraged.

With regard to the possible fields of work after graduation, sensitivity in dealing with difference is developed and problematized: What does inclusion mean for art, art education and art in special needs education? And who is actually hindering whom here?

Course Content

  • Aesthetic learning and educational processes in children and young people
  • Dealing with heterogeneity and inclusion
  • Dealing with original works of art in educational processes
  • Development of visual and design skills
  • Foundations of art education and the mediation of art
  • Introduction to artistic techniques
  • Introduction to art history and art
  • Project work
  • Reflected artistic experimentation
  • Transcultural aspects
Recommended Abilities

Sensitivity to perception and openness to experimentation

Career Opportunities
  • Non-school-based education (children and adults)
  • Requirement for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Special Needs Education for Schools
Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

The Bachelor’s degree programme in special needs education generally is admission restricted.

As second subject some subjects in the Bachelor’s degree programme in special needs education are restricted (Applied Linguistics (non-school-based), German Studies (school subject: German), History, Arts, Music, Social Studies and Science ("Sachkunde") and Sports (school subject: Physical Education) and others are admission-free (Protestant Theology (school subject: Protestant Religious Education), Catholic Theology (school subject: Catholic Religious Education) and Mathematics).

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations:

Application Deadlines

01.06.-15.07. of the year for the winter semester

  • First-year students (application for the 1st semester) can only apply for the winter semester.
  • Those continuing their studies (application for higher semesters) can also apply for the summer semester (December 1st - January 15th.

The following applies to applications from non-EU countries:

  • VPD from uni-assist OR a passed assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) of a preparatory foundation course (Studienkolleg) is required.
  • Applications for the Studienkolleg must be submitted by July 15th.

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