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Anton Bruckner Private University

Country: Austria

City: Linz


Type of school: Private Universities


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The Anton Bruckner University is one of five Austrian Universities for Music, Drama and Dance, and one of four universities in Linz, the European Capital of Culture 2009. 850 students from all parts of the world study here. They are taught by 200 Professors and teaching staff, who are internationally recognised artists, academics and teachers.


The cultural landscape of Upper Austria sets an example in music education all over Europe. The Upper Austrian Provincial Government gives particular support to artistic education, which is why – compared with similar institutions – tuition fees here are extremely moderate.


Culture characterises Upper Austria - a discussion process about our cultural model has developed a framework for future targets in cultural policy. We have taken the opportunity to be involved in this debate.


We invite you to build a comprehensive picture of our house, our courses and activities from this home page.


“The ABPU is a member of the Austrian Private Universities Convention”




 Porous boundaries between the artistic and the pedagogical The ABPU offers integrated bachelor degree courses in which artistic performance and pedagogical studies are closely entwined with each other, so that not only are the boundaries between them porous, but it is also possible to study and graduate in both courses simultaneously. In this way the university is responding to a changing professional situation, which is progressively demanding professional qualifications from one individual in both the artistic and pedagogical fields.


Porosity between study and profession


Numerous projects and co-operations introduce the students at a very early stage to the practical challenges of performing and teaching. In the performing field, for example, they can take part in the orchestra academy and there is practical artistic work in the framework of various studios for the performing arts (music theatre, drama and dance). In this way outstanding students can acquire by means of short-term contracts an excellent working knowledge of the professional practices of an orchestra or a theatre, while at the same time obtaining a degree (BA or MA) at the university. In addition, co-operations with music schools, schools, kindergartens and socio-educational institutions give students the opportunity to learn about the wide range of challenges in the teaching profession.


Porosity between the disciplines


The ABPU offers many courses specific to the principal study of the student in the areas of music, drama and dance. The object of these is a deep and detailed study of the individual artistic discipline. To the university it seems equally important, however, to offer a broader, more comprehensive education which goes beyond the chosen artistic speciality. This emphasis on cross-disciplinary work characterizes not only artistic projects and classes which are specially conceived for students from different institutes (for example, the interdisciplinary module), but is also a leitmotiv for research. Cross-disciplinarity in research is reflected in the composition of the research council, with members from many different institutes, as well as in the institute for the history and theory of music, drama and dance, which embraces all disciplines as part of its conception.


Artistic performance in a wide range of contexts


An understanding of the changed – and changing – challenges in the professional worlds of the performer and the teacher lies at the heart of the special profile of the ABPU. To hold one’s own professionally in the cultural landscape of our society requires a range of qualities and qualifications.


The fundamentals are provided by solid technical skills and an artistic education which engages with a wide variety of musical and artistic languages from the past and present, and includes the communication of these languages and ideas. However, above and beyond the concentration on individual disciplines every student is required to engage actively with other artistic disciplines. As a response to the way our cultural life is progressively organized along cross-disciplinary lines, artists and performers need to have knowledge of related disciplines and to keep themselves informed of new developments in these fields. Just as the boundaries between the disciplines are being eroded and in some cases removed, so the boundaries between artistic and pedagogical activities are disappearing with increasing frequency: graduates of the ABPU are artists who work, research and shape the cultural landscape equally in theatres and in pedagogical contexts.


This plethora of demands can be met only by graduates with a view of the wide horizon, who can examine critically not only their own work but also the value and the place of the arts as a whole in our society. Alongside technical and artistic qualifications an important goal of the educational process at the ABPU is thus to promote the critical faculties of its students. This is facilitated by the porous boundaries between the artistic and the pedagogical, between study and professional performance, and between the individual disciplines.


Guiding Principles



Music – Drama – Dance


The ABPU is a university for music, drama and dance. The artistic work of the university is focussed on performing, pedagogy and research in each of these fields, with an equal emphasis on artistic communication, development and outreach.


Innovation and Tradition



The ABPU is committed to the promotion of innovation, but also to the nurture of tradition. The university thus sees itself both as a flexible, future-oriented experimental laboratory of the arts and as a place where the cultural heritage of the past is maintained, examined and communicated through performance. The cross-fertilization of the historical and the contemporary produces a remarkable creative potential in the fields of performance, pedagogy and research.


Individual disciplines and their combinations


The ABPU favours and promotes a concentration on individual artistic disciplines. On the basis of work in these individual disciplines - and in line with contemporary artistic trends - we also promote a range of cross-disciplinary activities, involving cooperation across departments in teaching, research and performance projects..


Lifelong learning


As an institute for artistic education the ABPU is committed to the idea of lifelong learning. This concept embraces not only the acquisition of professional competence, but also the development of social skills. Alongside the range of classical study courses on offer the ABPU also has a vigorous framework for the promotion of the younger generation (the academy for gifted young performers) as well as offering many possibilities for further training in the form of master courses and work study opportunities.


A cultural provider


The ABPU is not only a centre of study with a wide range of courses in the fields of performance, pedagogy and research. It is also a cultural provider, offering a wide range of concerts, lectures and events (in Linz, in Upper Austria and further afield), thus making a very significant contribution to the cultural life of the community.


An important part of the regional infrastructure


The importance of the ABPU in the cultural infrastructure of Upper Austria is reflected in its many initiatives for the production, interpretation, reflection and communication of the arts. The university cooperates not only with cultural providers but also with teaching institutions for music, dance and drama - in particular the network of Upper Austrian music schools - and with other universities. Working together with other educational institutions offers the opportunity to understand and shape developments in the educational and cultural landscape as a joint project for the benefit of all.


International networking


In the face of the globalization of the arts, international exchanges are of course a fully-integrated feature of the ABPU. International networking is important both for the students and teaching staff. The university promotes its network of international partnerships with universities and colleges in order to provide exchange opportunities for its students and teachers. It is committed to the basic tenets of the Bologna process and takes part in the international discourse of music and art universities.


Quality management


To guarantee the continued high quality of study courses, teaching, artistic practice and research the BPU has its own quality management system. This carries out continuous assessment of the efficient use of resources, the analysis of strengths and weaknesses and the search for development opportunities. At the core of its work is always a continuous engagement with the idea of quality: quality of artistic performance, of teaching and of research.


Equal rights and treatment


Equal rights for all, at all levels, is a basic principle for the ABPU in its role as an integrated part of community life.


A learning organisation


The ABPU sees itself as a learning organisation, involved in a continuous process of self-reflection, critically engaged with questions of further development. As a university of the arts it aligns itself with the idea of a “work in progress”.


A culture of mutual respect


The working climate at the ABPU is characterized by a culture of mutual respect. Open and friendly communication is characteristic not only for relations between students and teachers, but also among the teachers and between the teaching staff and the administration.

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Linz is the third-largest city of Austria and capital of the state of Upper Austria (German: Oberösterreich). It is located in the north centre of Austria, approximately 30 kilometres (19 miles) south of the Czech border, on both sides of the River Danube. The population of the city is 193,814, and that of the Greater Linz conurbation is about 271,000. In 2009 Linz, together with the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, was chosen as the European Capital of Culture. Since December 1, 2014 Linz is a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities (UCCN) network as a City of Media Arts. Cities receive this title for enriching the urban lifestyle through the sponsorship and successful integration of media art and involving society in these electronic art forms.Linz is well known for the Linzer torte, which is said to be the oldest cake in the world, with its first recipe dating from 1653.


Points of interest


The main street "Landstraße" leads from the "Blumauerplatz" to "Taubenmarkt" (Pigeonmarket) near the main square. In the middle of the main square the high "Pestsäule" ("plague column", also known as "Dreifaltigkeitssäule" (Dreifaltigkeit means Holy Trinity)) was built to remember the people who died in the plague epidemics.


Near the Schloss/castle, being the former seat of Friedrich the III — the oldest Austrian church is located: Sankt/Saint Martins church. It was built during early medieval Carolingian times.[18]


Other points of interest include:


  • St. Mary's Cathedral (Mariendom), Roman Catholic.,in Gothic-Revival style
  • Pöstlingberg-Kirche: pilgrimage church on the Pöstlingberg hill
  • Brucknerhaus — the concert hall named after the composer Anton Bruckner, who was born in Ansfelden, a small town next to Linz.
  • Gugl Stadium, is home to the LASK (Linzer Athletik Sport Klub), which is claimed to be the third oldest football club in Austria.
  • The Linzer Landestheater




The city is now home to a vibrant music and arts scene that is well-funded by the city and the state of Upper Austria. Between the Lentos Art Museum and the "Brucknerhaus", is the "Donaulände", which is also referred to as "Kulturmeile" ("culture mile"). This is a park alongside the river, which is used mainly by young people to relax and meet in summer. It is also used for the Ars Electronica Festival in early September and the "Linz Fest", which takes place annually in May.[24] In June, July and August the "Musikpavillon" is placed in the park where musical groups of different styles perform on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays free of charge.


Linz has other culture institutions, such as the Posthof, which is near the harbour,[25] and the Stadtwerkstatt, which is by the River Danube.[26] The Pflasterspektakel, an international street art festival, takes place each year in July in and around the Landstraße and the main square.[27] Linz was the European Capital of Culture in 2009, along with Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.[28]


On December 1, 2014 Linz was accepted into the international network of UNESCO Creative Cities (UCCN) as a City of Media Arts. Currently 69 cities worldwide are members of the Creative Cities network, which is divided into seven thematic categories: literature, film, music, folk art, design, media art and gastronomy. The title goes to cities which enrich urban life and successfully involve society in electronic art forms through the sponsorship and integration of media art.  Seven more cities can call themselves City of Media Arts: Enghien-les-Bains, Lyon, Sapporo, Dakar, Gwangju, Tel Aviv-Jaffa and York.


The aim is therefore to maintain and represent the cultural diversity. The 69 cities share their experiences and think about ways to cope with globalization. To create the most intensive discourse possible with the other creative cities, Linz has to do a self-evaluation after a few years. After three years the UNESCO evaluated whether Linz has fulfilled certain measures in the field of media art and may continue to use the title. The Ars Electronica Center can be considered as the center of media art and attracts every year during its festival national and international guests to Linz.




  • The recently built Lentos (2003) is a modern art gallery, presenting art from the 20th and 21st centuries. It is situated on the south banks of the River Danube. The building can be illuminated at night from the inside with blue, pink, red and violet, due to its plastic casing.
  • The Ars Electronica Center (AEC) is a museum and research facility on the north bank of the Danube (in the Urfahr district), across the river from the Hauptplatz (main square). The AEC is a significant world centre for new media arts, attracting a large gathering of technologically oriented artists every year for the Ars Electronica Festival. The AEC museum is home to one of the few public 2D CAVEs in Europe.
  • The City Museum Nordico houses an art collection as well as a historical and an archeological collection, all of which relate to the city of Linz. About 16.000 people visited the museum in 2013.
  • The Upper Austrian Regional Museum (Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum) has three main locations that focus on different aspects of the regional history: The Landesgalerie (regional gallery) exhibits modern and contemporary art, the Schlossmuseum houses archeological findings all of which retrace Upper Austria’s cultural history whereas the aim of the Biologiezentrum Linz-Dornach (centre of biology) is to retrace the region’s natural history with an exhibition of about 16 million objects (which makes it the second biggest museum for natural history in Austria).[32]
  • At the headquarters of the Upper Austrian art association (Oberösterreichischer Kunstverein) in the Ursulinenhof in Linz there are regular exhibitions of contemporary art.
  • The Upper Austrian museum of literature (Oberösterrreischisches Literaturmuseum), the Adalbert Stifter Institute for literature and linguistics and the Upper Austrian house of literature (Oberösterreichisches Literaturhaus) all are situated in the StifterHaus, where Austrian writer, painter and educationalist Adalbert Stifter lived from 1848 to his death in 1868.
  • The Upper Austrian forum for architecture (Architekturforum Oberösterreich) in the house of architecture (Haus der Architektur) attracts about 6,000 visitors annually. The forum organises lectures, exhibitions, conferences and competitions.The Upper Austrian open house of culture (Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich, acronym: OK) is an art institution focusing on contemporary art.
  • The Museum of Dentistry (Zahnmuseum) shows an exhibition of equipment used in dentistry from the early 18th century to the recent past.
  • The Cowboy-Museum Fatsy presents cowboy culture, showing original pieces from the United States.




The Brucknerhaus, a famous concert hall in Linz is named after Anton Bruckner. It is situated just some 200 metres away from the "Lentos". It is home to the "Bruckner Orchestra", and is frequently used for concerts, as well as balls and other events. It is also the venue of the "Linz Fest" which takes place annually in May as well as one of the venues during the Ars Electronica Festival in early September. In June, July and August the "Musikpavillon" is placed in the park where musical groups of different styles perform on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays free of charge


The Musiktheater (music theatre) was opened in April 2013 and is considered to be one of the most modern opera houses in Europe. It offers five stages of varying sizes; the big hall ("Großer Saal") with 1,200 seats, the BlackBox with up to 270 seats, the BlackBoxLounge with up to 150 seats, the orchestra hall ("Orchestersaal") with up to 200 seats and another stage in the foyer ("FoyerBühne"). Performances at the Musiktheater include operas and typically Austrian operettas, ballets and musicals.


The ensemble of the Landestheater (regional theatre) Linz used to perform musical productions as well as theatre productions at a venue located on the "Promenade" in the inner city of Linz (this venue is still referred to simply as "Landestheater"). Since the opening of the new Musiktheater, only theatre performances take place at the "Promenade" venue, whereas musical productions are shown in the Musiktheater. The Landestheater Linz is especially renowned for its theatre for young audiences called u\hof:.


The Kapu is a venue for various contemporary music styles, such as hip hop, noise rock and crust and also houses a cinema and a recording studio.


The Posthof is one of the biggest event centres in Linz with three rooms offering up to 630 seats or standing room for about 1,200 people respectively in the big hall. The programme focuses on contemporary art and covers concerts, theatre, cabaret, dance and literature. Artists from Linz are regularly invited in order to improve the local cultural scene; e.g. bands from Linz get the opportunity to play as pre-bands alongside nationally and internationally known artists. Altogether a total of about 250 events take place at the Posthof each year with a total number of visitors of about 80.000.


The Stadtwerkstatt is an independent association for culture and was founded in 1979. Its headquarters is located in the Urfahr district on the north bank of the Danube close to the Ars Electronica Centre and serves as venue for music events and other artistic and cultural activities. Situated at the same address is the Stadtwerkstatt’s own Café Strom, a café/bar popular amongst young adults.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his Symphony No. 36 (1783) in Linz for a concert to be given there, and the work is known today as the Linz Symphony. He reportedly also composed his Piano Sonata 13 in B flat while in Linz, although it was published in Vienna. The first version of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 1 in C minor is known as the Linz version.


Anton Bruckner was born in Ansfelden near Linz and spent several years working as a conductor and organist in Linz, where he also started to compose. The first version of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 1 in C minor is known as the Linz version. The Brucknerhaus, a concert hall in Linz as well as its annual international Brucknerfest are named after him.


The musician and DJ Marcus Füreder, better known by his stage name Parov Stelar was born in Linz.


Regular events


  • Ars Electronica Festival: the Ars Electronica Festival is a festival for media art which has been taking place annually in Linz since 1986 and includes exhibitions, concerts, performances, symposia and interventions on changing themes that take place in public settings such as churches and industrial halls. The events focus on art, technology and society and the nexus among them. In 2013 a total of about 75.000 visitors took part in the Ars Electronica Festival.
  • Bubble Days: the Bubble Days have been taking place annually in June since 2011 and are hosted by local creative collective LI.K.I.DO. During the event a number of extreme sports shows, such as aviation performances and a wake boarding contest, the Red Bull WAKE OF STEEL, take place in the harbor of Linz. Additionally there are a number of art exhibitions and live music acts and visitors can explore the harbor on boat tours, in paddle boats or kayaks. In 2013 the Bubble Days reached a total number of 12.000 visitors.
  • Crossing Europe Film Festival: Since 2004 this festival takes place annually in Linz. Starting at a total number of 9,000 visitors in the first year, the tenth edition of the Crossing Europe Film Festival in 2014 attracted over 20,000 people; 184 feature films, documentaries and short films from 37 countries were shown. The film screenings are accompanied by exhibitions, talks and live music acts ("Nightline"). There are currently eight different awards to be won at the Crossing Europe Film Festival in categories such as "CROSSING EUROPE Audience Award", the "FEDEORA AWARD for European Documentaries" and the "CROSSING EUROPE AWARD Local Artist".
  • Festival der Regionen (Festival of the regions): The Festival of the regions focuses on contemporary local art and culture and takes place every second year in varying locations across upper Austria. It took place for the first time in 1993 and has been dedicated to different themes such as "the other", "marginal zones" or "normality".[42]
  • International Brucknerfest: Following the opening of the "Brucknerhaus" concert hall in Linz three years earlier, the international Brucknerfest took place for the first time in 1977. Whereas the first two editions were only dedicated to classical music in general and Anton Bruckner’s pieces in particular, this changed in 1979 when the international Brucknerfest, the Ars Electronica festival and the "Klangwolke" (Sound cloud), which now marks the beginning of the Brucknerfest, were merged to create a festival worthy of competing with those in Vienna and Salzburg. Taking place annually for three weeks in September/October it closes the Austrian festival season.
  • Klangwolke (Cloud of sound): Created as a link between the Ars Electronica Festival and the international Brucknerfest, this open-air multimedia musical event takes place annually at the beginning of September at the riverside Donaupark in Linz. It is free of charge and attracted about 110.000 people in 2013. Today there are three different "Clouds of sound", the visualized Klangwolke, in which modern music (mostly commissioned works) is staged with lasers, video projections, fireworks, ships, cranes, balloons, etc., the Klangwolke for children (since 1998) and the classical Klangwolke.
  • Linzfest: This Open Air Festival has taken place in Linz since 1990. It is financed by the city of Linz and several sponsors and organized for the broad public of all ages in cooperation with partners such as local cultural institutions. The festival is dedicated to a different theme every year (the last one in 2014 was "Old is the new new") and includes concerts, theater, dance, comedy, art in the public space, culinary art, literature and parties, all of which are in line with the general theme of the event. It is held in the "Donaupark", a wide park area next to the Danube, also referred to as "Donaulände" or "Kulturmeile".
  • The Linz Marathon is held annually in April and attracted over 15.000 participants and about 100.000 spectators in 2013.
  • Pflasterspektakel: The festival takes place annually since 1986 in the city center of Linz and includes musical acts, juggling, acrobatics, pantomime, improvisational theatre, clownery, fire dancing, painting, samba parades, as well as a program for children. With about 250.000 visitors (2014) the festival is one of the biggest street art festivals in Europe; its 28th edition featured 300 artists from 36 different nations.
  • The Stadtfest (City festival) is held annually in August in the inner city of Linz. The three-day festival features live music acts of different styles, with each music style being represented on a different stage. The concerts are held by national and international artists. Every year about 100.000 people take part in this event.
  • Urfahraner Märkte: These fairs are held twice every year (once in spring, once in autumn) in Urfahr on the northern side of the Danube. They include a fun park (with roller coasters and a Ferris wheel) and a market (with food products from local and regional farmers) and attract about 500.000 people.

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Tuition fees:


Tuition fee for Bachelor and Masters Degrees: € 300 per semester


An additional administrative fee of € 50 will be charged for late enrolment. The payment of the full tuition fee (see bruckneronline/Studienbeitragstatus) is required for admission to study or continuation of studies. Should the mandatory fee not be paid within the stipulated time admission to study will be terminated, or the first admission will be cancelled.


Any changes in nationality or name should be registered with the Faculty Office supported by the relevant documentation. Changes of address should be made by the student on bruckneronline.


When are the tuition fees to be paid?


Notification of extension of a semester is valid until the end of the period of grace for the following semester. Students who have been enrolled in the past semester therefore have the right, in the first two months of each semester, to attend courses, pass exams and submit research or performance work for evaluation.


Who must pay tuition fees?


All degree students, non-degree students and those studying in the Academy for Gifted Students must pay tuition fees.


Those students with more than one major study at the Anton Bruckner Private University are only required to pay the tuition fees once in each semester. Fees for other courses are to be paid extra.


Tuition fees paid to another university do not free students from payment of fees at the ABPU.


Who is exempt from tuition fees?

  • Students on leave of absence
  • Students attending a University, which has a partnership agreement with the Anton Bruckner Private University stating that no tuition fee is payable.


How are the tuition fees to be paid?


The tuition fees are to be paid by internet banking or at a bank. Please make sure to add the payment reference of the current semester (Zahlungsreferenz).

Anton Bruckner Private University


Main building

Hagenstraße 57

A-4040 Linz

Tel.: 0043 - 732 - 70 1000 - 0

Fax.: 0043 - 732 - 70 1000 - 299


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