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The starting point for basic education in the arts is primarily instruction in various art disciplines for children and adolescents. Basic education in the arts is provided according to the basic or advanced syllabus.

Basic education in the arts is its own form of education that involves target-oriented instruction that proceeds from one level to the next every year. Arts education encompasses the areas of architecture, media arts, visual arts, crafts, music, literary arts, circus arts and dance.

It develops students’ capacity for personal expression and provides the opportunity to later apply for vocational or higher education in their chosen artistic discipline.

Could I be a teacher of basic education in the arts?

Teachers of basic education in the arts have obtained vocational and artistic competence through cultural education programmes and by working in the field. They must also be knowledgeable in artistic and practical didactics as well as art education.

The job of a teacher of basic education in the arts is to support creative thinking and behaviour in children, adolescents and adult students, to reinforce their sensory and emotional sensitivity and to support their interpersonal skills. The teaching involves discussion, respect for individuality and is based on interaction. The students are encouraged to work co-operatively and on a long-term basis.

Where does a teacher of basic education in the arts work?

Basic art education teachers work in music schools and other educational institutions that provide basic art education, for instance dance, crafts and visual arts.

How does one become a basic art education teacher?

There are many education paths that lead to a career in basic education in the arts.

A person qualified to teach the advanced arts syllabus is someone with the appropriate master’s degree, the appropriate qualification from a higher education institution or at least a post-secondary teaching qualification in the relevant art discipline.

In addition to what is mentioned above, a person is qualified to teach the general syllabus of non-degree studies if they are qualified to teach in the art discipline in question, have other qualifications appropriate for the art discipline in question or have acquired sufficient competence by working in the field.