Teacher Training for Art Education

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The master's program in the subject of art education deepens and expands subject-specific didactic, subject-specific scientific and practical art knowledge. It thus forms the basis for qualification as a teacher at the secondary level. The focus is on the collection and reflection of practical teaching experience, the further development of independent artistic practice and the exploration of productive, receptive and mediating approaches to art, images and media.  


Study & job profiles

The planned duration of the Master's degree programme in Secondary Education (General Education) is 4 semesters. Basically, two teaching subjects have to be chosen, which are supplemented by general educational science basics, free elective subjects as well as integrated pedagogical-practical studies. The subject Fine Arts Education can be combined with any other subject.

The teacher employment law stipulates that young teachers must complete a Master's degree within five years of their Bachelor's degree in order to be able to enter into permanent employment. In addition, students have to go through a one-year induction phase in which they teach regularly and are accompanied by mentors. This professional practice can be completed directly after the Bachelor's programme and recognised as an internship in the Master's programme in accordance with the respective curricular requirements and the currently applicable legal situation (University Act and Higher Education Act).

The Master's degree programme in Secondary Education (General Education) entitles the holder to full employment as a teacher for the 5th to 13th school level at:

  • Special schools
  • Secondary schools (MS)
  • Polytechnic schools (PTS)
  • General secondary schools (AHS)
  • Vocational schools and colleges (BMHS) for general education subjects.

In addition, the interlocking of the pedagogical with the artistic-practical and scientific orientation enables a number of professional careers. In the close interaction of the different subject areas, knowledge and skills can be acquired in the course of the degree programme, especially in the area of tension between theory and practice. These are of interest for many professional fields insofar as they aim to develop one's own artistic, research and mediating practice.

If an academic career is aspired to, a doctoral programme of 6 semesters can be completed with a Master's degree.

General study information

The teacher training programme at secondary level (general education) is carried out in cooperation with the following partner institutions (Entwicklungsverbund Cluster Mitte):

Salzburg location

  • Paris Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS)
  • Salzburg University of Teacher Education (PHS)
  • Edith Stein University of Teacher Education (KPH)
  • University Mozarteum Salzburg (MOZ)

Location Linz

  • Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU)
  • University College of Teacher Education Upper Austria (PH OÖ)
  • Private University College of Education of the Diocese of Linz (PHDL)
  • Linz University of Art and Industrial Design (UFG)
  • Anton Bruckner Private University (ABPU)
  • Catholic Private University Linz (KU Linz)

The total scope of the Master's program in Secondary Education (General Education) is 120 ECTS credits (ECTS-AP). This corresponds to a planned duration of study of four semesters.
The following must be completed:

  • two teaching subjects (18 ECTS AP) in the combination of the bachelor's program or one teaching subject and one specialization in the combination of the bachelor's program (18 ECTS AP)
  • free electives (4 ECTS AP)
  • general educational science fundamentals (20 ECTS AP)
  • pedagogical-practical studies in the form of a master's internship (30 ECTS AP)
  • master's thesis incl. accompanying course (24 ECTS credits)
  • master's examination (6 ECTS credits)

    Link to semester plan

The prerequisite for admission to the Master's degree programme in Secondary Education (General Education) is the completion of the relevant Bachelor's degree programme in Secondary Education (General Education) in the development network "Cluster Mitte" or another relevant Bachelor's degree programme or another equivalent degree programme at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution. 

If the equivalence is basically given and only individual supplements to the full equivalence are missing, the competent body of the admitting university is entitled to prescribe additional certificates of achievement for the attainment of the full equivalence, which have to be provided in the course of the Master's degree programme.

Admission requires the passing of an admission examination to determine artistic aptitude. This must be passed by all applicants who have not completed their Bachelor's degree in the Entwicklungsverbund Cluster Mitte. 

Applicants whose first language is not German must also provide proof of German language skills at level B2.

The subject Artistic Education must be combined with a second subject. Combination with the subject Design: Technology.Textiles at the Mozarteum University is possible and requires proof of artistic achievements in a separate admission examination.

The Artistic Admission Examination is only to be taken if you have not completed the Master's degree programme in the Development Network Cluster Mitte.

You can register for the entrance examination via the registration portal for applicants.

Link to the registration deadlines
Link to the examination dates

Documents required for online registration

  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form with photo and current contact details
  • Letter of motivation (approx. one DIN A4 page)
  • School-leaving certificate or (if not yet available) last school report - the original and a copy of the school-leaving certificate must be submitted at the latest at the time of enrolment.
  • (final) certificates as well as examinations and transcripts of records of all previous artistic and/or pedagogical studies
  • Proof of German language proficiency

Form of the documents

  • The documents can be uploaded as PDF files in the application form.
  • If the documents mentioned are not available in German or English, an official translation must also be submitted.

Artistic Admission Examination

The admission examination in the subject Design: Technology.Textiles takes place in presence in the rooms of the KunstWerk in Alpenstraße 75 and consists of the following parts:

  • Presentation of the application portfolio
  • Examination tasks on site
  • Interview with the examination board on personal motivation

On the day of the examination, registration is necessary on site between 7:30 and 8:45 am. At 9:00 a.m. the examination papers will be presented and the procedure will be discussed.

The Study and Examination Management will inform you about the result of the entrance examination by e-mail within 2-3 weeks after the entrance examination. If applicants are unable to take part in the artistic entrance examination, they must deregister in good time.

What do I need to bring with me to the entrance examination?

You will need your photo ID, the original or printed application portfolio and the following materials:

  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Colours
  • Plastic materials
  • Tools
  • Camera

Create 20-30 pieces of work with which you want to apply for the subject Design: Technology.Textiles. This can be sketches, drawings, designs, manufactured objects, graphics and/or photos.

Please note:

  • Label your portfolio on the outside with first name(s) SURNAME.
  • Larger works/sculptures/etc. may be photographed and placed in your folder. Sketchpads are also allowed.
  • Put your name (in pencil) on the back of individual sheets.
  • Bring the original of your application portfolio with you to the admission examination.
  • You can take your application portfolio back with you after the entrance examination.

We also offer (non-mandatory) portfolio consultations. These can be held in person or via ZOOM. Contact address for appointments: KunstWerk@moz.ac.at

If you make an online appointment: If necessary, digitise your work in advance using a scan, photo or computer and create a coherent PDF document. On the day of the portfolio consultation, there will be a video conference in which you share your portfolio as a document online. You will receive the corresponding link after registering for the portfolio consultation.

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