Design: Technology.Textile teaching profession


The teacher training program in Design: Technology.Textiles (GTT) at the Salzburg location offers space for independent creative design in the areas of design, body, space, fashion and technology and their subsequent teaching in schools. Starting from the conception and the artistic-creative implementation, new knowledge is acquired through experimenting with materials and their analysis. Topics of material sustainability are also reflected upon.

Department of Fine Arts & Design
+43 676 88122 450

Study & Examination Management
+43 676 88122 492

Length of study
8 semesters / 240 ECTS credits


Registration deadline

Admission examinations
Summer semester of each year

Portfolio consultation
30 March from 15.00-18.00 (as part of "Open House")
Contact person: Gertrud Fischbacher



Exhibition rooms

Study & job profiles

The teacher training program for secondary education (general education) consists of a bachelor's and a master's program and trains students to become teachers in the chosen subjects.

The planned duration of the bachelor's program for secondary education (general education) is 8 semesters. Basically, two teaching subjects are to be chosen, which are supplemented by general educational science basics, free elective subjects and integrated pedagogical-practical studies. The  teaching subject Design: Technology.Textiles  can be combined with  any teaching subject  chosen.

The bachelor's degree program in Design: Technology.Textiles serves to provide basic training in the subject sciences and subject didactics, pedagogical science, educational science and school practice as a preliminary professional training for the teaching profession at middle and high schools.

In addition, this course of study enables students to work in non-school occupational fields such as design, art and cultural mediation, youth work, adult education or media work;

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 aim of the bachelor's program is to prepare students for the profession of teacher at middle and secondary schools. A teaching qualification can only be obtained by consecutive enrollment in the corresponding master's program.

Graduates are able to deal with the subject of people and material in a reflective way, to accompany children and adolescents, but also to initiate subject-specific individual support and to guide it in a constructive direction.

From an artistic-creative perspective, the study pursues the question of material culture and the perception of living worlds. The focus is on creative-artistic and manufacturing processes as well as objects/artifacts that influence and contribute to the subject/society and the lifeworld environment. In this context, one's own creative, informed activity and active participation in shaping the environment become central. This focus provides 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 study programme offers a framework for one's own creative design in the areas of design, body, space, fashion and technology. Starting from the independent conception and the creative-artistic implementation, new knowledge is acquired through experimenting with materials and their analysis. The students also reflect on their own or socially prevailing consumer behaviour, taking into account sustainable production and the use of recyclable materials.
Innovative strategies for creative-artistic and technical implementation are explored and put into practice, function and technology are integrated as decisive components, and the interlocking of crafts, science and technological innovations with regard to the digitalisation or economisation of work processes is addressed. The resulting synergies between production techniques, practices and subject-specific reflection form the basis for the pedagogical-didactic part of the study programme.

The first four semesters of the bachelor's teaching program teach basics in the context of design, craft and material culture. Basic courses are offered in the various workshops and studios as well as methods of visualization and artistic-design practice. First products are realized, documented and put into a didactic and theoretical context. In addition, the basic study program opens up subject-specific and subject-didactic theories and enables initial teaching experiences in school practice (secondary level). Building on the competencies acquired in the first four semesters, the focus from the 5th semester onwards is on the ability to implement artistic-creative projects and drafts in the subject areas of design, body, space and technology, from the idea through planning to production, documentation and presentation.

They focus on the conception and realization of individual artistic-creative ideas with the goal of developing one's own creative signature and strengthening it through reflection. Sociocultural, economic and ecological aspects of the body, space and the environment as well as technical developments are critically reflected upon. Perspectives from current research in inclusive education, diversity, interculturality, and interdisciplinarity are embedded in the projects and provide a basis for developing and planning lessons.

Link to semester plan

In order to be admitted to the Bachelor's programme, various certificates and examinations are required:

  • General university entrance qualification (e.g. Matura, Abitur)
  • Command of the German language (at least level B2 - Common European Framework of Reference CEFR 2001)
  • Positive participation in the general admission procedure for the teacher training programme in the Central Cluster
  • Positive passing of an entrance examination to determine the artistic-pedagogical maturity.

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

 The General Admission Procedure for all teacher training programmes consists of several steps:

  • Registration and pre-registration (usually early March to mid-August).
  • Participation in the online self-assessment (= Module A)
  • Payment of the fee
  • Registration for the Electronic Admission Test (several dates to choose from)
  • Participation in the Electronic Admission Test (= Module B)

Please check the cluster website for exact dates and procedures.

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

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 Artistic Admission Examination

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

  • Presentation of the application portfolio
  • On-site task
  • Interview with the examination board on personal motivation

Applicants will receive the time for on-site registration in their invitation email. The Study and Examination Management will inform you about the result of the entrance examination by e-mail within two 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 ID photo , 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:

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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