International Journal of Art & Design Education

Assessment of Art Education in Hungary: Historical Problems in Contemporary Perspective

Volume 14.3   1995



A group of researchers including the author was commissioned to develop new methods for final examinations and, after surveying the existing methods during the 1980s, we were struck by the similarity between current tasks and solutions and 19th century works and models. Changing the methods of examinations will certainly involve the reinterpretation of the academic heritage that at the same time elevates and cripples Hungarian art education at the secondary school level. This paper illustrates and interprets the philosophy of the examinations in important periods of Hungarian educational history and outlines the passage of the Hungarian art teacher from the supposedly 'eternal' world of the Academia to the 'banal', 'transitional', 'vulgar' realms of contemporary visual communication.