Teacher Training for Design: Technology.Textile

Gestaltung: Technik.Textil | © Patrick Schaudy

The master's program is a deepening of the knowledge and skills acquired in the bachelor's program. Special attention is paid to the areas of craftsmanship, innovation, sustainability and new technologies in order to track current developments, renew traditional processes or materials in a contemporary way and to incorporate the findings into the development of teaching concepts and their practical testing in schools .


Study & job profiles

The planned duration of the Master's degree programme in Secondary Education (General Education) is 4 semesters. Basically, two teaching subjects are to be chosen, which are supplemented by general educational science basics, free elective subjects as well as integrated pedagogical-practical studies. The subject Design: Technology.Textiles 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.

Furthermore, the Master's degree programme enables students to work in extracurricular professional fields such as design, art and cultural mediation, youth work, adult education or media work.

In addition, the Master's programme opens up further professional fields, such as extracurricular youth education, adult education, cultural and media work, etc. The programme is intended to contribute to the students' personal development and the development of social skills. The
students should be enabled to perceive and help shape artistic, technical and overall social developments.

If an academic career is desired, 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 degree programme in Secondary Education (General Education) is 120 ECTS credits (ECTS-AP). This corresponds to a planned study duration of four semesters.
The following must be completed

  • two teaching subjects (18 ECTS credits each) in the combination of the Bachelor's degree programme or one teaching subject and one specialisation in the combination of the Bachelor's degree programme (18 ECTS credits each)
  • Free electives (4 ECTS credits)
  • General foundations of educational science (20 ECTS-AP)
  • Pedagogical-practical studies in the form of a Master's internship (30 ECTS-AP)

Link to semester plan

From an artistic-design perspective, the degree programme explores the question of material culture and the perception of living environments. The focus is on creative-artistic and production-technical processes as well as objects/artefacts that influence and co-determine the subject/society and the lifeworld environment. In this context, one's own creative, informed activity and active co-creation of the environment become central. This focus sets an emphasis for the creative-practical and scientific examination of materials, techniques and products, as well as for the development of artistic/creative methods and the reflection of (material) phenomena in culture and society.

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 maturity and the ability to solve design tasks in the fields of technology, architecture and/or design. 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 Design: Technology.Textiles must be combined with a second subject. The combination with the subject Fine Arts Education 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)
  • (Final) certificates as well as examinations and transcripts of records of all previous artistic and/or pedagogical studies, in particular of the Bachelor's programme relevant for admission
  • 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:

  • DIN A3 paper
  • pens that you like to draw with
  • black fineliners
  • pencils
  • Colours you like to draw/paint with
  • cardboard, wire, tape
  • various materials that you have at home and would like to bring with you
  • brushes, scissors, glue, cutter
  • cutting mat, or as an alternative a solid cardboard

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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