Musical Theatre

Entrance exams for the start of studies in winter semester 2024/25

Application deadline: Mon, 29.04.2024

1. round: Tue., 21.05.2024 — Wed., 22.05.2024

2. round: Thu., 23.05.2024

3. round: Fri., 24.05.2024

Location tba

Programme for the entrance exam

Bachelor's Programme

1. The candidate should prepare and bring along the following:

1.1 Artistic self-presentation (maximum 2 minutes)

For example:

  • A performance of a song
    (which could be one of the required three songs; see 1.2)
  • An originally-composed song or self-written monologue
  • A dance performance
  • An acting scene or monologue
  • A performance of a poem
  • A comedy number
  • A combination of any of these possibilities.

1.2 Programme for the artistic exams after the first round:

  • Three songs from the field of musical, operetta and chanson in contrasting characters (e.g. up-tempo, ballad, novelty, show number, etc.). Maximum of 2:30 minutes per song (they may be cut versions). At least two of these must be in German.
  • Two German-language monologues (at least one of them contemporary). Maximum 1:30 minutes per monologue.
  • A lyric text (written after 1920) in German. Maximum 1:30 minutes (e.g. words of a song, a poem, etc.).

1.3 Musicality and dance tests after the first round (see schedule as well as sample test)

1.4 Dance clothes and dance shoes

Please note: All pieces are to be performed by memory.  All singing performances are to be accompanied by a MUK pianist or your own pianist. Musical scores are to be provided in the desired key and easily readable for the pianist. Any audio files (only MP3 format allowed) for dance performances must be submitted to the Student Affairs Office no later than two weeks before the examination (via e-mail or file hosting) and must also be brought directly to the examination (USB stick).

Upon successful completion of the entrance exam, a phoniatrics and / or ENT assessment as well as a medical and / or orthopedic examination report may be requested by the Head of Department within 6 weeks. A list of appropriate medical specialists will be made available to the candidates after the entrance exam by the program director.


2. Selection process

The selection is made in three rounds. The first round will take place on two days.

3. Procedure

1st round (First group of the applicants on Tuesday, second group of the applicants on Wednesday)

Registration and briefing of the candidates from 08.00 a.m.

Start of examination: 09.00 a.m.

Artistic self-presentation (max. 2 minutes per applicant. The artistic self-presentation can be stopped by the commission at any time; if necessary, further contributions from the artistic programme are to be presented.)

Announcement of the candidates selected for the 2nd round will be emailed in the evening.

2nd round (Thursday)

First part (beginning at 9:00 a.m.): 

  • Dance test: Ballet, jazz dance, choreography pick-up
  • Musicality test: Ear training, sight-singing, rhythm, movement, coordination, written theory test (Example test)

Lunch break

Second part
(in the afternoon):

  • Artistic examination (song, monologue as requested by the commission)

Announcement of the candidates selected for the 3rd round will be emailed in the evening.


3rd round (Friday)

First part (beginning at 09.00 a.m.):

  • Scenic improvisation: Specifications by the commission
  • Voice test: Various exercises pertaining to range, register, technique, etc.
  • Speech test: Prepared lyric text (see point 1.2)
  • Examination of tap dance skills (no prior knowledge is required)

Lunch break

Second part
(in the afternoon):

  • Artistic examination (songs, monologues; selection by the commission)
  • Directly following, a short conversation pertaining to motivation and interests

Announcement of the final results.

Feedback for candidates of the 3rd round.


4. Mandatory documents

At time of the application (see online applicaiton process):
•    Exam programme (see 1.1 and 1.2)
•    CV & Motivation letter
•    Copy of passport or ID-card (in case of underage candidates additonal passport copay of legal guardian)
•    Passport photo

After passing the exam:
•    A dance medicine report on the full physical endurance must be submitted to the head of programme after passing the entrance exam,  but before the first enrloment. (A list of possible specialists will be made available to the candidates after the entrance exam)
•    For applicants whose native language is not German: a proof of German proficiency on level B1 is needed at time of the first enrolment. Please find further information about German proficiency here.

Information required for all applicants

Schedule might be possibly altered even in the short term! Regarding that please look up this section of the website regularly. Thank you.

Applications for studying at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna can be submitted online at anytime; they will be reserved for the next admission period. Applications submitted after the application deadline can no longer be considered for the subsequent audition date.

The application for the entrance examination is done via the application mask in MUKonline. All necessary steps for the application for the entrance exam are listed here.