FAQ on future study programmes

FAQs on future study programmes at the Stella Vorarlberg Privathochschule für Musik

 

1) General remarks

2) Information on the BA Music Education & Music Performance

3) Information on the BA Music Performance

4) Information on the MA Music Education & Music Performance

5) Information on the MA Music Performance & Career Development

 

1) General remarks

What study programmes will be available?

The Stella Vorarlberg Privathochschule für Musik will offer two Bachelor's programmes and two Master's programmes:

  • BA Music Education & Music Performance
  • MA Music Education & Music Performance
  • BA Music Performance
  • MA Music Performance & Career Development

When will the study programmes first be open to students?

These study programmes will be open to students as soon as the Stella Vorarlberg Privathochschule für Musik completes its accreditation. The latest information will foreseeably be available at www.vlk.ac.at from May 2022

What are the tuition fees?

The tuition fees for all BA and MA courses are EUR 270 per semester for EU citizens, and EUR 590 per semester for students from outside the EU. If courses are repeated, then double tuition fees will be charged.

Who can help me if I have further questions?

The Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium Student Office will be glad to answer any questions you may still have. studienbuero@vlk.ac.at

I am interested in the new programmes. Is there anything I can start doing now?

If you are interested in attending one of our upcoming programmes, then the Student Office would love to add you to the list of interested students. You will then get updates on important developments as soon as possible. You can also register your interest via the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium website.

 

2) Information on the BA Music Education & Music Performance

What is the main focus of the programme?

This Bachelor's programme in musical education (instrumental and vocal performers) comprises musical, educational and academic modules. These modules help students to develop real-life skills for an artistic and educational career as a music educator at music schools.

How long does the programme last and how is it structured?

The programme lasts eight semesters.

The musical, educational and academic modules are organised across four phases of study, each of which builds on the previous phase. You have the option of changing to a different Bachelor's programme during the Orientation phase. However, this requires that there is sufficient space on your preferred new programme and you will also have to pass an entrance exam.

Modules in the Fundamentals phase provide students with essential basic knowledge.

During the Professional phase, modules are focused on practical skills and give students the opportunity to build their own networks.

In the Bachelor phase, modules focus on the challenges of completing the degree.

The work in this phase centres on a practical final exam and an independent dissertation project.

What qualifications will I gain from the programme?

Upon graduating, students will receive a diploma as proof that they can teach music as artists and educators. This diploma verifies students' ability to teach at public or private music schools. It also entitles students to attend Master's programmes at colleges and universities.

Can I study alongside my work?

No, the programme is designed as a full-time, four-year programme.

How many places in total are available on this programme?

This programme has a total of 120 spaces available for the musical specialisations offered.

What are the admission requirements and what criteria are used for awarding places?

In order to be admitted to the programme, you will have to pass an entrance exam. The entrance exam involves an exam in your musical specialisation, an aural and composition exam, and a piano exam (except for students wishing to take the piano specialisation). The Examinations Boards will judge each part of the exam using a points system. The total number of points achieved will be used to rank applicants when awarding available spaces. Applicants whose native language is not German will also have to demonstrate Level B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Can I use credits from previous studies towards this programme?

In principle, all skills acquired before you begin studying can be used towards the programme. The Director of Studies is responsible for crediting; you can submit your applications to this office. A crediting board will make the decision in this regard.

What qualification will this study programme give me?

Graduates of this programme are awarded the title of Bachelor of Arts. This is equivalent to Level 6 of the Austrian Qualifications Framework and entitles you to take up further study at Master's level.

 

3) Information on the BA Music Performance

What is the main focus of the programme?

This Bachelor's programme comprises musical, educational and academic modules. These modules help students to develop real-life skills for an artistic career as a musician.

How long does the programme last and how is it structured?

The programme lasts eight semesters.

The musical and academic modules are organised across four phases of study, each of which builds on the previous phase. In principle, you have the option of changing to a different Bachelor's programme during the Orientation phase. However, this requires that there is sufficient space on your preferred new programme and you will also have to pass an entrance exam.

 

Modules in the Fundamentals phase provide students with essential basic knowledge.

During the Professional phase, modules are focused on practical skills and give students the opportunity to build their own networks.

In the Bachelor phase, modules focus on the challenges of completing the degree.

The work in this phase centres on a practical final exam and an independent dissertation project.

What qualifications will I gain from the programme?

Upon graduating, students will receive a diploma as proof that they can develop and implement their own musical concepts independently as musicians. It also entitles students to attend Master's programmes at colleges and universities.

Can I study alongside my work?

No, the programme is designed as a full-time, four-year programme.

How many places in total are available on this programme?

This programme has a total of 36 spaces available for the musical specialisations offered.

What are the admission requirements and what criteria are used for awarding places?

In order to be admitted to the programme, you will have to pass an entrance exam. The entrance exam involves an exam in your musical specialisation, an aural and composition exam, and a piano exam (except for students wishing to take the piano specialisation). The Examinations Boards will judge each part of the exam using a points system. The total number of points achieved will be used to rank applicants when awarding available spaces. Applicants whose native language is not German will also have to demonstrate Level B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Can I use credits from previous studies towards this programme?

In principle, all skills acquired before you begin studying can be used towards the programme. The Director of Studies is responsible for crediting; you can submit your applications to this office. A crediting board will make the decision in this regard.

What qualification will this study programme give me?

Graduates of this programme are awarded the title of Bachelor of Arts. This is equivalent to Level 6 of the Austrian Qualifications Framework and entitles you to take up further study at Master's level.

 

4) Information on the MA Music Education & Music Performance

What is the main focus of the programme?

The Master's programme in musical education (instrumental and vocal performers) comprises musical, educational and academic modules focused on promoting highly gifted students in musical education settings. It teaches interdisciplinary fundamentals in promoting musical talent and achievement.

How long does the programme last and how is it structured?

This is a full-time programme lasting four semesters, or a maximum of eight semesters part-time. Some modules are conducted in cooperation with the Olympiazentrum Vorarlberg. Students will acquire practical teaching experience at the college's Pre-College.

What qualifications will I gain from the programme?

Upon graduating, students will receive a diploma as proof of a high artistic level in their respective specialisation. It also demonstrates their ability to teach, giving them the ability to work with highly gifted music students and music schools, conservatories, music colleges and music universities as an artistic and musical educator. In particular, graduates will be empowered to identify musical talents and to support these talents using educational and psychosocial methods. The study programme also entitles students to attend further study on doctoral programmes at colleges and universities.

Can I study alongside my work?

Yes, this study programme can be attended part-time across a maximum of eight semesters, instead of the four semesters of the full-time programme.

How many places in total are available on this programme?

This programme has a total of 30 spaces available for the musical specialisations offered.

What are the admission requirements and what criteria are used for awarding places?

In order to be admitted to the programme, you must have a suitable Bachelor's degree with at least 180 ECTS or an equivalent diploma, and you will have to pass an entrance exam. The entrance exam involves an exam in your musical specialisation, a motivation and feedback interview, and a teaching exercise. The Examinations Boards will judge each part of the exam using a points system. The total number of points achieved will be used to rank applicants when awarding available spaces. Applicants whose do not speak German as a first language will also have to demonstrate Level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Can I use credits from previous studies towards this programme?

Master's level credits can be used towards this programme. The Director of Studies is responsible for crediting; you can submit your applications to this office. A crediting board will make the decision in this regard.

What qualification will this study programme give me?

Graduates of this programme are awarded the title of Master of Arts. This is equivalent to Level 7 of the Austrian Qualifications Framework and entitles you to take up further study at Doctorate level.

 

5) Information on the MA Music Performance & Career Development

What is the main focus of the programme?

This Master's programme comprises musical and academic modules aimed at developing and deepening students' artistic and musical profile. It teaches the fundamentals of reflecting on and developing students' own practical concert and research skills, as well as how to work as a commercial artist on the market.

How long does the programme last and how is it structured?

This is a full-time programme lasting four semesters, or a maximum of eight semesters part-time. Some modules are conducted in cooperation with external practical partners.

What qualifications will I gain from the programme?

Upon graduating, students will receive a diploma as proof of a high artistic level in their respective specialisation. It also demonstrates that students are capable of developing dramatic compositions, productions and programmes for concerts, and that they possess the fundamental financial and legal knowledge required to work as an independent entrepreneur in the culture sector. The study programme also entitles students to attend further study on doctoral programmes at colleges and universities.

Can I study alongside my work?

Yes, this study programme can be attended part-time across a maximum of eight semesters, instead of the four semesters of the full-time programme.

How many places in total are available on this programme?

This programme has a total of 30 spaces available for the musical specialisations offered.

What are the admission requirements and what criteria are used for awarding places?

In order to be admitted to the programme, you must have a suitable Bachelor's degree with at least 180 ECTS or an equivalent diploma, and you will have to pass an entrance exam. The entrance exam involves an exam in your musical specialisation, a motivation and feedback interview, and a potential and specialisation interview where applicants are given the opportunity to present their own ideas and positions on current concert formats. The Examinations Boards will judge each part of the exam using a points system. The total number of points achieved will be used to rank applicants when awarding available spaces. Applicants whose native language is not German will also have to demonstrate Level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Can I use credits from previous studies towards this programme?

Master's level credits can be used towards this programme. The Director of Studies is responsible for crediting; you can submit your applications to this office. A crediting board will make the decision in this regard.

What qualification will this study programme give me?

Graduates of this programme are awarded the title of Master of Arts. This is equivalent to Level 7 of the Austrian Qualifications Framework and entitles you to take up further study at Doctorate level.