Art education, high school teaching

first state examination

Mappenberatung mit Prof. Jochen Flinzer

Mappenberatung an der AdBK Nürnberg

Art education (teaching art at high school) can be studied in the following three specialised classes (painting and art education with Prof. Michael Munding and fine art and art education with Prof. Jochen Flinzer and as well fine art and art education with Prof. Lena Ziese) and all other classes. In Bavaria art education at high schools counts as two subjects, i.e. teaching another subject is not necessary. Aside from fulfilling general terms of admission, prospective students must hold a school-leaving qualification entitling them to study at a university.


The maximum study period is 14 semesters. Study ends with the semester in which the first state exam was passed (after the 8th semester at the earliest). It comprises the submission of artistic works from the study period, practical exam sections (three different subjects with an examination time of 8 hours), written exam sections (artwork analysis and art history) and oral exam sections (teaching methodology, artistic techniques, art history and an oral exam discussion of the student’s own works).


Eligibility to take the state exam is based on proof of successful completion of various additional courses and a written dissertation (Zulassungsarbeit).


As for all other high school teaching subjects, study of the subject is accompanied by teacher training (twelve hours a week in educational theory and psychology) and practical training (block training during the semester holidays at a school and one semester of practical training in subject didactics during study).


The teacher education examination is part of the first state exam. It consists of a written and oral examination. The second training phase is held in a teacher training school. Admission to the teacher training course carries no entitlement to subsequent appointment.


Teaching training (written and oral examinations) can only be completed at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute of Education or Psychology or at the Faculty of Education Science (EWF).


From winter semester 2024/25, the academy will offer a shortened form of the course for visual artists in addition to the regular art education course. The qualification program prepares students for the first state examination for the teaching profession of art at high schools in five semesters. On the basis of the proof of previous education (completed fine arts degree), students in the qualification program are credited with 106 credit points out of a total of 270 credit points, so that students can be placed in the 5th semester of the art education degree program for secondary school teaching.
As with the regular degree course in art education, the qualification program can be completed in all classes at the Academy.


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We gladly accept applications for the Liberal Arts and Art Education programs from March 15 to April 15 (12:00 noon), 2024.


We welcome applications for the Live Art Forms program from March 01 to April 15 (12:00 noon) 2024.

Applications are submitted via the online application portal, which is activated at the beginning of the application phase.


Transfer students (art universities in Germany and the EU) for the degree programs Diplom Bildende Kunst and Lehramt Kunst am Gymnasium as well as visiting students can apply for the start of the winter semester 2024 until May 15, 2024.


For more information, please contact Student Services:

0911 9404 0 / Constanze Boscher and Brigitte Bredl


Further information about the application process can be found here.



The study Diploma in Fine Arts at the AdBK Nürnberg is organized in different artistic classes depending on the course of study. The first semesters of study are accompanied by the so-called Basislehre (basic class / teaching of general design basics - Prof. Eva von Platen-Hallermund).

In contrast, the art education course (teaching profession at grammar schools - specialization in art) is modularized. The arts-related sciences (art history, art theory and art education, general cultural studies, design-related sciences, art and business) and the study workshops accompany the training.


The Live Art Forms program is an art practice-oriented, non-consecutive, advanced master's degree program.


Precondition for studying at the Academy is an artistic-creative talent for the chosen field of study. The professors at the Academy therefore offer portfolio consultations for prospective students. You are welcome to make individual appointments with the teachers! Participation in the portfolio consultation is not a prerequisite for a successful application.


For questions regarding application, admission and student services for all fields of study, please contact the secretary's office:


Constanze Boscher
Telephon: +49 911 9404142

Brigitte Bredl
Telephon: +49 911 9404115


Information for student applicants Diploma Visual Arts and Art Education


Information for student applicants Master’s program Live Art Forms


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Opening Hours:

lecture period: Monday till Friday, 7.30 a.m.-7 p.m. / Saturday  9 a.m.-1 p.m.

lecture break: Monday till Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. / Friday, 8 a.m.- 2.30 p.m.


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Monday till Thursday: 9–12 a.m. and 1–4 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.– 2 p.m.
closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
Please note that the opening hours may change at short notice. Current changes will be announced in time by e-mail, on the homepage and at the library entrance.


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