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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)

© Institut für Gestaltungspraxis und Kunstwissenschaft/LUH
© Institut für Gestaltungspraxis und Kunstwissenschaft/LUH
Course type
undergraduate studies (2 subjects bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semester
Course Start
Winter semester
Primary Language of Instruction
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, an entrance exam 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.

At Leibniz Universität Hannover, the subject of Art is located in the educational context at the Faculty of Humanities and is of an artistic/academic nature. Theory and practice are explicitly related to each other. Comprehending art as a process of realisation and design, the subject involves exploring and combining the specific features of perception, thought and creative activity. It mainly concerns the recognition of aesthetic and transdisciplinary interrelations and the cultural constitution of reality, the tension between artistic subjectivity and scientific methodology or the significance of materials and media. Areas of specialisation include artistic practice, perception-oriented art history and art, and aesthetic teaching. Creative work is intertwined with theoretical issues from the areas of art, art history and art, philosophy, media and history, as well as with aspects of aesthetic teaching and creative exhibition practice. Teaching takes place in small seminar groups, meaning that students receive a high level of individual supervision. 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”.

Further information on the website of the Institute of Practical Design and Art History (German language only)

Areas of Focus

  • 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
Course Content

A distinctive feature of the subject, which constitutes the basis of the course structure, is the close connection between aesthetic/artistic practice and academic reflection. On the basis of students’ aesthetic experience, the course focuses on intensive perception training and experimental work, which are awarded double weighting. Students acquire their reflected and academically grounded practical knowledge by completing projects with different areas of emphasis. In the analysis of works of art, own artistic processes and their potential in interactions between theory and practice, students develop fundamental perception and design skills as well as the power of visual evaluation (visual, three-dimensional and media/intermedia). With regard to the potential fields of work after completing the degree programme, students are taught non-verbal possibilities of expression and the handling and use of image languages in different contexts.



Module BA 1

Reflected Artistic Experimentation I

Module BA 2

Art History and Art

Module BA 3

Aesthetic Teaching

Module BA 4

Reflected Artistic Experimentation II












Module BA 1.1 (6 CP)

  • Introduction to Artistic Techniques (Mixed Media Workshop)





Module BA 1.2 (3 CP)

  • Artistic Practice I

Module BA 2.1 (3 CP)

  • Introduction to Art History and Art





Module BA 2.2 (3 CP)

  • Dealing with Original Works of Art in Educational Processes

Module BA 3.1 (3 CP)

  • Foundations of Art Education and the Mediation of Art

Module BA 4.1 (3 CP)

  • Artistic Practice II




Module BA 3.2 (3 CP)

  • Aesthetic Learning and Educational Processes in Children and Young People

Module BA 4.2 (6 CP)

  • Artistic Projects between Heterogeneity and Inclusion (also possible as a field trip)
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

First-year students (Application for the first semester is only possible for the winter semester)

  • Applicants from Germany and other EU countries: June 1st – July 15th of the year
  • Applicants from outside the European Union: April 15th – May 31st of the year

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • Everyone: June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • Everyone: December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester


Please note that after the application for the second subject art, an aptitude test is required.


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