Post graduate

In the two-semester postgraduate university course in composition, aspiring composers have the opportunity to deepen the artistic knowledge and skills they have already acquired in their regular studies and to perfect their musical and interpretative abilities. Free electives can be optionally taken for further specialization according to requirements and offers.

General information

Admission to a Postgraduate University Course (PGL) requires the closure of a subject-related Master's degree or diploma programme at a recognised Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational institution in the respective central artistic subject. Admission with a pedagogical degree such as teaching degree or instrumental & vocal pedagogy is NOT possible.

A prerequisite for admission to a university course is also the successful completion of the admission examination. For this, an online application is required first, during which the necessary documents are checked. Only after the completely submitted documents have been checked will an invitation to the admission examination be issued.

ATTENTION: The examination of the documents of the preliminary studies can take up to 4 weeks! Early registration is therefore recommended.

Necessary documents for online registration

  • BA transcript and MA transcript or final transcript of an equivalent degree programme, if the degree programme has already been completed
  • Current confirmation of enrolment if the degree programme has not yet been completed (the certificate must be submitted by the time of enrolment!)
  • overview of subjects and grades of the BA and MA degree programmes (Transcript of Records)
  • Official confirmation of the main subject/instrument, if this is not evident from the other documents (e.g. "Bachelor of Music" is not sufficient!)

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.
  • An application portfolio (see Admission Examination) must be submitted as a PDF file via the upload link after the invitation has been issued.

The Admission Examination

If you have received an invitation to the entrance examination, you must take a portfolio examination and an online interview to determine your artistic aptitude.

The oral examination in the ZKF Composition takes place via ZOOM. Applicants present their own works created during their preliminary studies (e.g. solo, chamber music, ensemble, orchestra, electroacoustic or media works in the form of sketches, scores, recordings, films, etc.) and discuss their content and aesthetics with the examination board. Links to own works are to be included in the portfolio (= PDF file of all works). If necessary, a discussion can take place on motivation, background, previous studies, expectations or professional perspectives.

The portfolio must be submitted to the ACOnet Filesender after registration. You will receive an upload link from the relevant department secretariat as part of the invitation to the entrance examination. A coherent PDF document must be created and uploaded as soon as you receive the invitation or the upload link. Please ensure that you are available with a good internet connection at the specified time of the online interview (probably mid-April); a PC/laptop with camera/microphone is also necessary.

Dates & timetable

The dates of the entrance examination as well as important deadlines can be found in the current schedule
Time schedule:

  • Examination registration during the application period online via the registration portal for university applicants
    (ATTENTION: Registration is only possible if all documents are complete!)
  • if the portfolio is rated positive: invitation to the online interview (Zoom)
  • Participation in the online interview in April
  • if you pass the admission test: invitation to enrol in the course
  • Enrolment during the general admission period

Different examination method

Please note that the University Mozarteum Salzburg offers various support options for the admission examination and during your studies if you have a disability or a chronic illness.

If this applies to you and you would like to take advantage of counselling, please contact Claudia Haitzmann: oder +43 676 88122 337.

A course fee and the ÖH fee must be paid per semester for participation in the university course.

Information on the current level of fees can be found HERE.

The course basically includes 2 semester hours per week of tuition in the central artistic subject. In addition, electives and free electives can be taken. Performance opportunities at university concerts and events both inside and outside Salzburg are part of the course.

The duration of the course is 2 semesters. With the approval of the teacher in the central artistic subject and the vice rector for teaching, it is possible to extend the course by one or two semesters.

Link to the semester plan

The final examination consists of the positive completion of the courses from the Central Artistic Subject. A final certificate can be issued on request.

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