The Institute for Education in the Arts is characterized by the
curricular integration of the practice of art and culture, education,
and theoretical reflection. The programs offered include Art and
Communication; Design and Context; and Fashions and Styles. A degree
from the Institute qualifies graduates for teaching in secondary
schools. In addition, the interdisciplinary programs qualify students
for creative and educative professions beyond the school context: from
adult education in the fields of art and culture to independent forms of
practice in the areas of art and design.
The programs' focus is directed towards skills that define contemporary cultural and artistic agency: art and culture refer to an aesthetic practice that encompasses art but is not limited to it; theoretical reflection refers to the development of a critical voice in relation to one's practice, guided by the objective of understanding cultural and artistic agency as a dimension of social contexts as well as the ability to embed agency into those contexts; education refers to a communicative principle defined by a variety of formats and addressees - ranging from the didactic to technologies of display.
Located in a recently renovated building in close vicinity to the MuseumsQuartier, the Institute for Education in the Arts has an ideal combination of classrooms, workshops, and laboratories supporting the tight integration of discursive and practical activities. Production in the arts, design, and crafts happens in well equipped shops, project spaces and laboratories that are fitted for video, photography, graphic techniques, textiles, wood, metal, and other manufacturing processes. Professors, assistant professors, and adjunct lecturers with experience in the fields of art, design, architecture, cultural studies, and pedagogy make up the faculty imparting the curriculum contents on the highest level.