Supplementary study - Gender I Diversity I Arts

Supplementary study

As a study supplement, Gender I Diversity I Arts bundles an extensive research-led range of courses at the respective study location Salzburg or Innsbruck and enables a very individual profile development in the areas of gender competence, anti-discrimination and equality management as well as the acquisition of theoretical and application-related knowledge from Gender & Oueer Studies, Diversity Studies and Advanced Feminism with special consideration of the arts.

Basic module

Advanced module


General information

Awareness of the causes, structures and processes within hierarchical orders and power structures is central to being able to contribute to sustainable positive development with regard to diversity, anti-discrimination and equal opportunities in all areas of life and work. Gender & Oueer Studies, Diversity Studies and Advanced Feminism, as inter- and transdisciplinary intersectional perspectives, also offer a variety of local and global critical approaches/connections that are of fundamental importance for the understanding of science, pedagogy, art, visual, auditory and media cultures and for their practice/execution/design.

In addition, sound "gender and diversity competences" are not only sought-after skills on the labour market that increase personal employability, but also allow you to make a decisive difference in the social dimension as an actor, decision-maker and multiplier - in the art and cultural sector as well as in educational contexts.

The study supplement Gender I Diversity I Arts aims in particular at an in-depth examination at and with the interfaces of art, science and education, focussing on the categories of gender, gender relations, gender identities, gender roles and sexuality as well as their intersectional references to other structural and identification categories. Gender studies are based on the central realisation of feminist research that gender and gender relations are not natural and unchangeable, but are social constructions. "Masculinity" and "femininity" therefore prove to be attributions that - depending on the cultural context - are subject to historical change. In the sense of critical artistic practice, it is not only important to question and challenge (traditional) norms (e.g. in the respective subject or repertoire canon), but also in particular to counteract/transform/overcome the forms of practice of musicians, actors, directors and artists with regard to power and domination relations, (traditionally handed down) role assignments or gender-semanticised attributions and expectations in a historically researching and artistically active, critical way.

The supplementary programme Gender I Diversity I Arts offers the acquisition of additional training in the areas of methodological, personal and social skills to create the ability to act with regard to gender and diversity, equality management, anti-discrimination and the prevention of violence in the personal and professional artistic, scientific and educational environment.

Educational objectives
The aim of the study supplement Gender I Diversity I Arts is to acquire the following competences, with special consideration of the arts in each case:

  • become aware of their socialisation in relation to gender and their social positioning in their biography and can reflect on this 
  • recognise and reflect on social construction processes of gender 
  • learn the ability to critically assess gender relations, their historicity and their connection to constructions of power and domination at various levels in research, teaching and (professional) fields of practice
  • understand social inequality and structural discrimination as the intertwining of individual, institutional and cultural discrimination as well as their connection in the areas of intersectionality and multiple discrimination
  • learn to identify mechanisms of discrimination, privilege and marginalisation and become familiar with strategies to overcome them. They can use the expertise gained here in all areas of life and work to demand and support diversity and equality
  • gain knowledge of phenomena, discourses and (controversial) debates in art education as well as the tense relationship between art production and art reception (taking gender and diversity aspects into account) 
  • can reflect on their artistic/academic/educational practice in the field of tension between historical, current, structural, individual, intersectional socio-political and socio-political categories and processes with regard to identity aspects such as gender, sexual orientation, race, class, etc.

Basic module
The central aim of the courses in the basic module is to teach basic concepts, theories, categories and texts of Gender & Queer Studies, Diversity Studies and Advanced Feminism with special consideration of the arts and the structural characteristics of art and cultural institutions.

The following compulsory introductory courses must be completed:

  • PS Introduction to Gender Studies (2 SWS/2 ECTS-Credits)
  • Freely selectable: In addition, recommended courses in the basic module must be selected from the courses offered by Mozarteum University Salzburg at the respective location, Salzburg or Innsbruck (8 ECTS-Credits). Optionally, thematically relevant courses from the Paris Lodron University Salzburg or the University of Innsbruck can also be completed as part of the co-enrolment (further information: Study and Examination Management of Mozarteum University Salzburg or the study department of the other two universities).

Advanced module
The reflection of theoretically based specialist knowledge from Gender & Queer Studies, Diversity Studies, Advanced Feminism is increasingly combined with artistic practice-orientation in order to initiate and implement artistic/cultural projects and measures in the field of gender studies, equality, anti-discrimination, etc. The courses in the advanced module can be freely selected from the recommended programme of Mozarteum University Salzburg at the respective location, Salzburg or Innsbruck.

Optionally, one of the following project- or internship-based courses can be chosen:

  • PT Gender, Diversity, Arts & Research (1 SWS/4 ECTS-Credits)
  • PT Gender, Diversity & Artistic Practice (1 SWS/4 ECTS-Credits)
  • PT Practical Gender, Diversity, Arts (1 SWS/4 ECTS-Credits)

In the course of these courses, students can complete artistic and/or scientific projects or an internship/certified additional training at a thematically specialised university/non-university institution in Austria/abroad or submit them for the supplementary course (12 ECTS-Credits).

The study supplement is aimed at students of Mozarteum University Salzburg (at the study locations Salzburg and Innsbruck) and can be taken by all students of the Bachelor, Master, Diploma and Doctorate programmes as part of the free electives.

The crediting of courses from the supplementary programme is possible within the framework of the free electives. When attending individual courses, the course certificates can be used as part of the free electives.

Students have the opportunity to obtain a certificate for the basic module (12 ECTS-Credits) as well as for the advanced module (12 ECTS-Credits). The following certificates can be applied for after successful completion of the courses for the supplementary programme:

  • A certificate for the basic module for each supplementary study programme is issued after positive completion of the basic module with courses with different content (including the two compulsory courses) amounting to at least 12 ECTS-Credits.
  • A certificate for the advanced module for each supplementary study programme is issued after successful completion of the advanced module with further courses of different content amounting to at least 12 ECTS-Credits.

The examination certificates for the courses must be submitted in the specified digital form (individual certificates in PDF format as well as a list of courses) to the head of the respective study supplement for the purpose of checking the ECTS-Credits and the correct allocation of the completed courses. The certificates are then issued by the study and examination management of Mozarteum University Salzburg.

The supplementary course Gender I Diversity I Arts is organised and coordinated by the Institute for Equality and Gender Studies at Mozarteum University Salzburg. The course programme is compiled on a semester-by-semester basis and supplemented as required.

Which courses take place as part of the supplementary study programmes?
The current courses on offer are announced each semester.

How do I register for individual courses?
Registration takes place via MOZonline. If external university courses are taken as part of a supplementary course, you must also register with the organising university (e.g. Paris Lodron University Salzburg).

How are the study supplements recognised and certified?
Certificates obtained for supplementary study programmes can be used twice:

  • In the case of a sufficient number of certificates for the basic or advanced module (12 ECTS-Credits each) of the respective study supplements or for the specialisation.
  • As part of the free electives (provided they are not compulsory subjects of your own degree programme).

How is the certificate issued?
Certificates for study supplements at Mozarteum University Salzburg:
After completing the required 12 ECTS-Credits for the basic module or advanced module, the courses must be entered in the course list and sent together with individual certificates in PDF format by e-mail to the respective head of the study supplement for verification. After the review, the head of the supplementary study programme must forward the documents to the Study and Examination Management for the issue of the certificate. The certificate must be collected from the Servicepoint of Mozarteum University Salzburg, Mirabellplatz 1 after it has been issued.

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