Head of Programme: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Karoline Exner
Bräunerstraße 5, 2nd floor/Room 2.36, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 512 77 47 530
Mobile: +43 664 606 47 530
E-mail: k.exner(at)muk.ac.at

Vice Head of Programme: Univ.-Prof. Estera Stenzel
Mobile: +43 650 571 7409
E-mail: e.stenzel(at)muk.ac.at 

Head of Programme: Mag. Alenka Breitfuss
Phone: +43 1 512 77 47-532
Mobile: +43 664 606 47 532
E-mail: a.breitfuss(at)muk.ac.at


Scene studies:







Univ.-Prof. Dr. Karoline Exner
Univ.-Prof. Steffi Krautz
Univ.-Prof. Markus Meyer
Christian Nickel
Univ.-Prof. Frank Panhans
Schmidt Volker
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dora Schneider
Univ.-Prof. Katharina Stemberger
Suske Stefan

Basics/ Improvisation:

Univ.-Prof. Estera Stenzel

Elocution and Creative Speech:

Univ.-Prof. Urs Klebe
Univ.-Prof. Steffi Hofer
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Eva Tacha-Breitling

Voice training and interpretation:

Univ.-Prof. Erke Duit
Cornelia Horak
Univ.-Prof. Previn Moore

Film and TV:

Susi Stach
Mag. Jan Zischka

Body language and motion:

Maria Blahous
Claudia Heu
Mag. Isolde Gudrun Setka
Univ.-Prof. Mel Stein
Monika Weiner, MA

Theatre history, dramaturgy, theatre law:

Univ.-Prof. Karoline Exner
Mag. Alexander Götz
Mag. Hans Mrak

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Edwin Vanecek

Costume lore:

Elisabeth Binder-Neururer

Make-up lore:

Jeny Popova

Theatre pedagoy:




Minimum age
Recommended age limit

Bachelor's Programme
8 semesters
Bachelor of Arts

* Admissibility is based on the applicant's age.
** Applicants exceeding the recommended maximum age should be aware that in case of equal exam results younger candidates may be preferred.



The soul desires to remain in the body,
as it can neither act nor feel without
the organic tools of the body.

(Leonardo da Vinci)

The basic courses of this programme are dedicated the fundamentals of methodology, improvisation and work on oneself. In addition to units of instruction in vocal training, song and speech training, classes in body language and movement, fencing, acrobatics, social dance, jazz and Aikido take place on alternating mornings. We encourage interdisciplinary creative work and support artistic cross-linkage and mutual inspiration. Theatre law and dramaturgy are part of the curriculum from the first semester on.
Coordinated lesson plans for the respective classes ensure highly focused physical and intellectual training for instruction in the basics as well as for dramatic instruction in the 2nd—4th years.

The student's progress in the first year of study is evaluated by the results of the above mentioned lectures and by the first scene students have studied.

After reaching the second year of study, semesters 3 and 4, the focus shifts to the scene studies in the drama major subject.
At the end of the third semester, students get the task to work on a monologue of their own choice. After the time period of five to eight weeks given for this assignment, the results are presented. The students are not graded but they get feedbacks in form of interviews. The purposes are to encourage the students to work self-reliantly and to help set their own aspirations.
The director of the Austrian Federal Theatres' costume atelier, the Kostümwerkstätte, advises the students and discusses every single step of their project with them as to decide which costume should be chosen as the "second skin" for the interpretation. Subsequently a guest tutor (a director) is invited for the students to work over the monologues again. Another shared project, which lasts over 4 weeks with 2 guest directors, begins in the 4th semester. Students work on 2 pieces or collages, of 1 hour each, with the directors and perform them on a public stage of the city of Vienna. After this project, the focus is put on the classic scene study.
Also, the weekly course of "Working in front of the Camera" starts in the second year of the study and prepares the student for the later workshops about performing for television and movies. This course takes place during the whole second year of study.

The speech and vocal training, singing lessons, physical training as well as dramaturgy and theatre law are coordinated with the content of the class projects throughout the entire programme. Since the number of class hours per week is relatively high, it is nearly impossible for the students to pursue part-time jobs to help finance their studies. In exceptional cases, Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna will try to grant scholarshipsto gifted students.

Before entering the third year, students must pass an acting audition at the end of the fourth semester.
From the fifth semester onwards, training focuses on learning scenes and monologues to prepare students for theatre auditions and for the expected qualifications for the stage. Supporting workshops characterize the third year, as does reflection on the basic studies through the class performance in a theatre production in cooperation with one of the Viennese theatres.
At the end of the third year, all completed projects are reviewed in preparation of the audition before the director.
At the beginning of the seventh semester the public auditions before the director take place.
Classes for all subjects of the curriculum are possible until the bachelor's exam as completion of the acting programme at the end of the eighth semester.

Instruction in the Study Programme Drama is held in Bräunerstraße 5, 1010 Vienna, Austria.


The entrance examination consists of three parts and can take up to six days. In order to participate in a subsequent round, candidates need to have successfully passed the previous one.

For the entrance examination, candidates must prepare excerpts from four roles, each excerpt having a maximum duration of five minutes. The roles selected should differ from one other as much as possible and must include: at least one short monologue from the ancient or classical theatre repertoire and one monologue from the modern repertoire (starting from the beginning of the 20th century). The prepared excerpts may also include texts written by the candidates themselves or texts from film sequences.
For the third round, candidates must additionally prepare a short poem as well as a song (and bring the music with them if possible).

The admission examination serves to assess the candidates’ suitability in the following areas: imagination in interpreting a role, imagination in acting, scenic imagination, text comprehension, emotional facility, spontaneity, and the ability to relate to a partner. At the same time, the candidate’s physiological and motoric ability, speaking ability, voice, musicality, sense of rhythm and intellectual ability will be also be assessed.??

Examination procedure:
The first round takes place before a partial board of examiners. Candidates may choose which role they will present first — and should wear any necessary costume pieces and prepare the required props. The second role to be presented will be chosen by the examiners from the submitted list of prepared excerpts.
The second round takes place before the full board of examiners. As a rule, candidates will present their remaining prepared excerpts and/or a part of a monologue from the first round. Each candidate may decide which role he/she would like to present first.
In the third round, candidates are confronted with various examination situations in the areas of improvisation, voice/speech, movement and musicality. In addition, each candidate will be interviewed individually on the basis of his/her motivation letter. For organizational reasons, feedback will only be given in the third round.

Medical certificates:
Candidates who have successfully passed the entrance examination may be requested to provide a medical certificate from an ENT specialist regarding the health of their voice (not a phoniatric opinion) as proof of their suitability for a speaking profession, as well as a certificate from their family doctor on the general state of their health.
Both certificates have to have been written within the previous six months.

Rules and recommendations for the entrance examination:
•   Use as few costume pieces, props and furniture as possible.
Students from the drama department will be available to serve as partners if requested.
•   It is not necessary to explain the play or the situation. The examiners should be able to grasp everything solely from the presented excerpt.
•   Do not use any dangerous objects (sharp knives, guns, glass bottles, etc.).
•   Do not throw any objects in the direction of the auditorium.
•   No open fire is permitted — cigarette smoking may only be mimed.
•   Do not spill any liquids.
•   In all three rounds, bring along comfortable clothing for a warm-up.

Students from the drama department will be present in the hall and will be happy to help with the setting up of tables and chairs in order to expedite such preparations. If a change of costume is necessary for the second excerpt, this is best done behind the curtains in the backstage area.

General Information:
If the number of candidates who pass the entrance examination is greater than the number of available places, some of the candidates will be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list will be valid for the duration of the respective winter semester. In general, the entrance examination may be repeated several times.

In the first year of basic studies, given that group instruction is obligatory, no periods of absence will be permitted. Candidates who have undertaken commitments that do not end before classes commence must give notification thereof at the entrance examination; otherwise they may be excluded from further attendance due to an unexcused absence, which would result in de-registration.

The dates and times for the first round, which will be sent to all candidates by the registrar’s office, are obligatory.