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The Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (MUK) is a city-based art university that creates cultural values for the future through its tireless research in music, dance, and drama.
Today's MUK dates back to the efforts begun during the 1920s by private stakeholders and the City of Vienna's public administration to provide access to the highest standards of education in the arts and music to a wide range of people. Since the university's accreditation in 2005 (still known back then as the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität), the City of Vienna – as the sole owner of the GmbH institution – has made it possible for 850 students from all over the world to access artistic education that is contemporary, highly demanding on an international level, yet financially viable and following the principles of the Bologna Declaration of the European Union.
Together with 280 lecturers, including many who enjoy the highest artistic or academic reputation outside their teaching positions, the young artists are part of a university community of competence and innovative strength, always driven forwards through the individual promotion of teaching and intensive research.
The small but efficient management team provides administrative support incorporating the latest technological developments. It is also actively involved in the development of educational formats – comprising 400 public events a year, among other things.
The close consultation between the university leadership and the lecturers, students and administrative staff, has seen a new structure be developed for the young university. This will, in particular, reposition the Master's degrees in terms of future artistic and academic requirements. Contemporary artistic work forms the thematic reference point, completing the circle of the past's founding ideals.
The Music and Art Private University of the City of Vienna (MUK for short) brings together musicians and performing artists from all over the world. It offers them the possibility of artistic development in an open and innovative atmosphere. Regular cooperation with domestic and foreign partners is part of our self-image. Based on the rich Viennese art tradition, students, teachers, and administrators jointly develop music and the performing arts. They carry their products and skills all over the world, aware of the strength and responsibility of cultural workers in a world increasingly threatened by material constraints.
The MUK is an autonomous university for music and performing arts, an indispensable part of the educational and cultural offer of the city of Vienna and is long-term positioned and recognized. The central task is the development and development of the arts in the linking of research and teaching, whereby a comprehensive education of the individual personality of the students based on extraordinary gift potential is of central importance.
Teachers and students work together in the artistic individual and group lessons, in teams and ensembles, using co-creation, co-responsibility, and co-determination by the students.
Access to MUK is highly selective for both students and teachers in terms of artistic ability, professional aptitude, and personal commitment.
The Music and Art Private University of the City of Vienna offers a variety of study programs. On the one hand, it opens up traditional art forms and, through interdisciplinary connections, explores contemporary as well as trend-setting expansions of the standard concept of art education, while claiming international competitiveness in all represented art forms.
Students expect that they will be supported at the MUK according to their particular facilities and personal visions to build professional identities based on the acquired skills in the study. The university teaching is not limited to training for established job profiles but strives further to develop students and teachers in their artistic work.
The vital connection of research and teaching to practice is ensured by numerous events that MUK conducts independently and in cooperation with prominent cultural institutions and the national and international artistic activities of teachers and students. In the conscious perception of the university and non-university environment, cooperations have a high priority.
The Music and Arts Private University of the City of Vienna (MUK) dispenses with the establishment of hierarchical academic levels. It develops the relationship between students, teachers, and the administration in mutual esteem and acceptance.

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