The Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (MUK, for short) gathers musicians and performing artists from all over the world, offering them the chance for artistic development in an open and innovative atmosphere. Regular collaboration with Austrian and overseas partners is an integral part of each person’s self-identity. On the basis of the extensive Viennese tradition of art, students, lecturers and administrative staff open up access to music and performing arts together. They take their work and expertise into the world, aware of the strength and responsibility of cultural artists in a world that is increasingly threatened by material restraints.
The MUK is an autonomous university for music and the performing arts, which is positioned with long-term stability and recognition and considers itself an essential part of the educational and cultural service provided by the City of Vienna. The central objective is the development and appreciation of the arts through the alliance of research and teaching, with central significance being assigned to providing comprehensive training of each student’s individual personality based on an exceptional talent.
Lecturers and students work closely together in individual or group classes, in teams and ensembles, applying the principles of active student participation, joint responsibility and co-determination.
Teaching and art appreciation concentrate on the following competence criteria:
– Interpretation and creation
– Science and research
– Communication and participation
For both students and lecturers, access to the MUK is extremely selective in terms of artistic aptitude, professional competence and personal commitment.
The Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna offers a range of study programmes. On one hand, traditional art forms are made accessible, while contemporary and visionary enhancements of the established concept of art education are explored through interdisciplinary connections. International competitiveness is a fundamental principle in all art forms represented.
Students can expect to be supported at the MUK in accordance with their unique skills and personal visions in order to enable them to build a professional identity based on the skills they acquire during their studies. Our academic teaching is not limited to providing training for well-established professions. It also strives to further develop students and lecturers in their specific artistic creativity.
The vital connection of research and teaching with practice is secured through numerous events organized independently by the MUK and/or in cooperation with distinguished cultural institutions as well as by the national and international artistic activities of lecturers and students. In conscious awareness of the academic and non-academic environment, cooperation enjoys a high priority.
The Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (MUK) foregoes any academic hierarchy levels and develops a relationship between students, lecturers and management that is characterized by mutual esteem and acceptance.