Teacher Training for Art Education - Innsbruck


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 & Occupational Fields

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.

General study information

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

  • University College of Teacher Education - Edith Stein
  • University College of Teacher Education Tyrol
  • University College of Teacher Education Vorarlberg
  • University of Innsbruck
  • University Mozarteum, Innsbruck location

In the master's program, the knowledge and skills acquired in the bachelor's program are expanded and deepened. Graduates are able to solve problems of teaching in secondary schools innovatively and creatively. They are able to deal with scientific or artistic topics independently and adequately in terms of content and methodology. They are able to participate in the subject discourse, independently acquire further subject-specific, subject-didactic and pedagogical knowledge and implement it in their teaching activities.

Link to semester plan

The Master's program in Secondary Education (General Education) comprises 120 ECTS credits (ECTS-AP). From the "Educational Science Fundamentals", modules amounting to 20 ECTS-AP and in each teaching subject and specialization modules amounting to 25 ECTS-AP have to be completed. Of these, at least 5 ECTS-AP are assigned to the respective subject didactics in each teaching subject. The 120 ECTS-AP include 6.5 ECTS-AP of pedagogical-practical study components.

The module "Conception of the Master's Thesis" comprises 5 ECTS-AP, the Master's Thesis 22.5 ECTS-AP and the defense of the Master's Thesis 2.5 ECTS-AP. In the module "Interdisciplinary Competences" 20 ECTS-AP have to be completed.

The prerequisite for admission to the master's program in secondary education (general education) is the completion of the relevant bachelor's program in general education in the development network "Cluster West" or another relevant bachelor's program or another equivalent program at a recognized Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational institution.

Should the equivalence in principle be 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 in order to achieve full equivalence,  which are to be provided in the course of the Master's program.

Admission requires the passing of an admission examination to determine artistic aptitude, which must be passed by all applicants who have not completed their bachelor's degree in the Development Association Cluster West.

For applicants whose first language is not German, proof of German language skills at the B2 level must also be provided.

The  subject Fine Arts Education  must be combined with a second subject. An overview of the possible subjects can be found on the Cluster West website .

The combination with the teaching subject Technical and Textile Work is possible. The second subject is then studied at the PH Tirol. Information on the associated artistic admission exam can be found HERE.

Contact person: Sebastian Goreth
University of Education Tyrol
Pastorstraße 7, 6010 Innsbruck
+43 664 88752214

Registration for the artistic entrance examination is done via the registration portal for applicants.

Link to the registration deadlines
Link to the examination dates

Registration may only be made for one development association, Central (Salzburg) or Western (Innsbruck). Double registration at both locations is not permitted and will be cancelled.

Necessary documents 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
  • Application portfolio

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 be submitted.
  • The application portfolio must be submitted by the application deadline, preferably in person. 
    Address: University Mozarteum, Fine Arts Education Innsbruck
    Amraser Straße 4, 6020 Innsbruck

    Telephone number for appointments: +43 676 88122 441
    Please note possible delays in delivery if you send your application by post!

Artistic entrance examination

The artistic entrance examination consists of a practical examination and an oral examination.

Practical examination on 1.7.2024 from 8:30 a.m., all-day work possibility:

  • You will receive the exam papers and a link with an invitation to the video meeting at 9:00 am and the link for the ACOnet FileSender by email on 1.7.2024 at 8:30 am. 
  • Click on the link so that we can discuss the tasks and any questions with all candidates via video at 9:00 am.
  • If no invitation appears in your e-mail account, please contact the office immediately on +43 676 88122 441
  • Make sure that your internet connection is stable and that your computer's microphone and camera are working properly.
  • You will then have the entire day to work on the assignments at home or at your preferred location. There is no restriction as to the choice of working materials.
  • For each assignment, you choose three works.
  • Digitise your selection and create ONE coherent PDF document. Save this document with your surname.
  • Maximum storage capacity: 30 MB
  • Upload your PDF to the ACOnet FileSender by the end of the day.

Examination interview:

  • You will receive your individual interview date by email.
  • In the period from 2.–4.7.2024, the examination board will talk to you via video conference for about 10-15 minutes about your portfolio and the submitted work of the practical examination. It gives the examination board the opportunity to learn more about your motivation, visual activities and interests.

The Study and Examination Management will inform you about the result of the entrance examination by e-mail within four weeks after the entrance examination. Should applicants not be able to take part in the admission test for artistic aptitude, they must deregister in good time.



Selected works of your previous artistic activity make your interests, abilities and potential visible. Diversity in thematic and technical terms is desired.

Please note:

  • Your portfolio contains 20 to 30 exhibits: drawings, paintings, pictures, photographs, work drawings, studies ... sketchbooks.
  • Show mainly originals; digital media should be enclosed as printouts (e.g. screenshots of videos).
  • Label all individual works with your name on the back.
  • Do not use passepartouts or framed works behind glass or similar.
  • Large-format pictures, sculptural works etc. should be presented in the form of photos.
  • Enclose a separate DIN A4 sheet with your name, telephone number and e-mail address in block letters.
  • Mark the outside of your portfolio legibly with your name.
  • Max. Max. folder size: 120 x 85 cm
  • Folders submitted by post must be packed in such a way that they can be returned without difficulty.

The application portfolio must be submitted by the application deadline (4.6.2024)!

Link to data protection information (German)

Preparatory discussions (portfolio advice, etc.) can be individually agreed and handled by video conference. Contact us, we will be happy to advise you!

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Elisabeth Schmirl | © Elsa Okazaki
Elisabeth Schmirl

Univ.-Prof. for Graphic Arts & Painting / Visual Education / Representative for the study of Art and Craft Education in Innsbruck

Deputy Department Head
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