Master of Arts Education (MAE)

Master of Arts Education (MAE)


Head of Programme: Univ. Prof. Nikolaus Selimov
Bräunerstraße 5, 4th Floor/Room 4.30, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 512 77 47-540
Mobile: +43 676 541 24 23
E-Mail: n.selimov(at)


Univ.-Prof. MMag. Priv.-Doz. Dominika Flager
Christiane Fischer
Gabriela Gerhold
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Nicolai Gruninger
Rafael Neira Wolf
Mag. Dott. Gerhard Pöhl, BA
Univ.-Prof. Andrea Rittersberger
Mag. Bianca Rösch
Mag. Martina Rösler
Univ.-Prof. Nikolaus Selimov
Mag. Martina Seidl
Mag. Susanne Wolfram
Edith Wregg

Further teachers of the MUK as required!

Minimum Age
Maximum Age

Master of Arts Edcation
4 semesters
Master of Arts
No age limit
No age limit

The Master's Programme is aimed at artists of music and performing arts (instrument, singing, acting, dance, composition), who want to obtain comprehensive impartation skills based on their respective artistic backgrounds.

Key aspects of the study are:
- Establishment of artistic impartation skills in various current working fields in and outside of schools.
- Development of contemporary interdisciplinary and project-based work methods.
- Immersion and expansion of art-sector-specific teaching skills.
- Independent development and management of artistic projects.

The various challenges of art and cultural education in the 21st century are the basis for the development of research questions, from which research projects on new models and methods result.
On the basis of high artistic quality and consciousness, the content of teaching is taught practice-oriented and directly linked to the world of work.


The prerequisites for admission to the "Master of Arts Education" programme is the successful completion of a bachelor's programme in the respective branch of study or an equivalent degree from an accredited postsecondary institution in Austria or abroad.

Applicants without an artistic and/or artistic-educational degree can establish the equivalence by having sufficient professional experience.

The admission exam serves to ascertain the applicants’ motivation to study, artistic skill and suitability for communicating artistic knowledge and pedagogy.

The admission exam is divided into five parts. A positive assessment of the first part is required for admission to the
other parts of the exam.

1. Written and online application
2. Artistic self-presentation
3. Guided exam in a group
4. Colloquium
5. Independently developed small group work

Proof of German language proficiency
After successful completion of the admission exam, applicants whose native language is not German are to furnish the Admissions Office with proof of their proficiency in German at the A2/B1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). More information can be found on the info sheet "Proficiency in German".


Objectives of the education

The objective of the course "Master of Arts Education" is the training of teacher personalities – starting from the applicants' respective artistic pre-educations –, who are able to meet the requirements of modern and creative arts and cultural impartation on a large scale and in a variety of professions and with different target groups. In addition to traditional field of work (such as music schools, universities, public and private educational institutions of music and performing arts), current developments of artistic impartation in schools, concert halls, opera houses and theaters, as well as community and participation projects for all ages are incorporated in the study.
Students and teachers generate questions and solutions in terms of relevant needs in the contemporary impartation of music, song, dance and drama in and outside the school environment, as well as in urban and rural areas.
Based on high artistic quality and awareness, relevant concepts are developed in direct exchange with the professional world.
Research focus are current impartation models, methods, fields of work and target groups in consideration of societal challenges (like integration and diversity) in the 21st century.

Structure of the study

This four-semester course, "Master of Arts Education", is designed as an interdisciplinary, research-led and non-consecutive study.
The central art subject (ZkF) "Education" serves to develop skills to impart through art and then to lead to artistic results. This development is promoted through all four semesters and supported especially by reflection on artistic processes, getting to know different didactic models, and practicing in different contexts of art and culture education.
The students are required to actively and creatively participate in group and project works.

1st and 2nd semester:
Through artistic (self-) experience in different projects, reflexions over and analysis of these, consciousness of ones own artistic actions is established.

3rd and 4th semester:
Based on this experience, in the second year the student takes charge of artistic project management and independently develops an artistic impartation project (master's project) with a soloist / group at the university or at a non-university institution.

The other modules include the areas of artistic practice, theoretical foundations of art and culture education, science and research, and practice of cultural impartation. They are divided into compulsory and elective areas.
An intensive correspondence exists between the central art subject (ZkF) and the course "Models and Methods" as between the course "Instrument"/"Singing"/"Dancing"/"Drama"/"Composition" and the two courses "Teaching Methodology" and "Teaching Practice".



The graduates are qualified to make use of their skills in artistic, artistic-pedagogical and art-mediating fields of work, especially in the children, adolescent and adult education. They have both the ability to guide art-sector-specific classes continuously and the ability to design, implement and document impartation projects. They participate actively in these processes as artistic personalities, and are able to communicate their projects sociopolitically.
As the course "Master of Arts Education" is aimed at students of different artistic background studies, the graduates have a high connectivity to different art forms and are able to think and work interdisciplinarily. In addition, the graduates have the skills to independently develop new areas of application and to interact with different professional groups.

Fields of work

The various professional applications include the following functional areas:

  • Educational/mediating activities in public and private schools, nurseries and facilities for young people, music, dance and drama schools, community colleges, welfare facilities for people of all ages, as well in tertiary education.
  • Artistic and cultural impartation in form of projects (organization and execution) in schools and different institutions such as museums, concert halls, theaters and companies.
  • Development and implementation of multidisciplinary (research) projects in social-scientific, cognitive-scientific and pedagogical fields.