Secondary School Teacher Training in Arts – Field of study catalogue MU
Secondary School Teacher Training in Arts
Art Education for primary and secondary schools is a fundamental underpinning of the development of creative thinking. The main objective is to move towards a balanced development of practical art activities of an artistic character with theoretical knowledge of art history, art theory and art technologies. The subjects taught and the other work of the department are designed to simultaneously develop coordination, curatorial and organizational skills that develop high quality graduates who can present the results of works of art in education in a professional manner, particularly at secondary level.
The conception of the studies also tries to develop the long-term specific character of the department, which focuses on issues of art and developing the skills of teachers to work with children and secondary school students in galleries with art originals. The programme offers a comprehensive professional path to the development of creativity, methodical work and students' own artistic activities.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- apply a balanced proportion of practical skills and theoretical knowledge and methodological and methodical experience
- independently decide on the suitability and character of the used artistic processes and art activities for a certain age
- use the experience of contact with works of art and in a meaningful way can lead pupils towards an interest in culture and the arts
- demonstrate knowledge of current art with a personal interest and show pupils and students how to create their own works and to acquire related experience as well as theoretical and historical knowledge
Graduates are fully qualified to exercise the profession of art teachers in primary and secondary schools. Moreover, they are qualified to operate in extracurricular (eg. free-time) institutions. They can demonstrate well-structured knowledge and skills in the visual field. The effectiveness of their professional conduct is subject to the didactic knowledge art education in primary schools and secondary schools and their wider general pedagogical and psychological knowledge and skills (knowledge of a broader base of education and training, knowledge and educational practices, knowledge of the participants in education, etc.).
The standard duration of the studies is four semesters. For admittance to the final state examination students must obtain a total of 120 ECTS credits in required, selective and elective courses. Required courses constitute the basis of the discipline and make up 81 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Master’s thesis). Out of the selective courses, which make up 24 credits in total, students choose according to their interests and intended professional specialization. The remaining 15 credits can be obtained from elective courses offered in the curriculum of the given study programme or from other courses offered by any other study programme.
For all students there is an obligation to complete at least one course taught in English from the ones on offer at the department for the given level of studies.
During the course of their studies students should follow the "Study catalogue" for their year of matriculation. They can access the "Study catalogues" through the faculty website.
Teaching practice is not an obligatory part of the study plan.
The contents of the state examination are as follows:
- Art including field-specific subjects
- The second study field, including didactics
- Thesis defense
- Pedagogical and psychological foundation for Master's studies
Thematic areas and topics for the final state examination in art education:
a. Theory and History of Fine Arts
The requirements for the candidate's final state examination are based on objectives that are expressed in the graduate profile of the Master's programme in arts and other artistic disciplines. These include creative skills, knowledge and the pedagogical conditions necessary to achieve a qualification to become an art teacher. The final state examination follows the completion of all exams, the Bachelor's examination and works created during their studies based on the curricula.
The test takes the form of an oral interview and it usually takes 30 minutes in each field. The candidate picks out a topic and then has to demonstrate, among other things, the ability to define and organize the basic concepts presented in the context of the main topic (events, work, well-known people, etc.). They should present their conclusions coherently and respond with professional understanding to additional questions to the topic.
After completion of the Master's studies, it is possible to continue in further studies in the Doctoral degree programme (after satisfying the admission requirements). At the Faculty of Education students can apply for admission to a follow-up doctoral degree in Theory of Art and Gallery Education.