University of Art and Design Linz

mission statement

intermediality. \"Intermediality\" refers to the bundling of and focusing on artistic, scientific and other potential relating to the transfer of knowledge in the context of the media. At the university, inter-mediality refers to the teaching of broad media skills under all academic programmes, while on an inter-university level Kunstuniversität Linz constantly fosters its own development and enhancement as a top-level international centre of research, education and information in the field of the arts, science and business. In this regard, it has established strong cooperation partnerships with regional and international institutions, including the Linz Ars Electronica Center. spatial strategies. Based on excellent technical skills training in the individual courses, Kunstuniversität Linz focuses on the interfacing of architecture, design, urban and regional planning, ecology and the media. Accordingly, concrete artistic-scientific projects and research activities provide a basis for developing students\' cross-sectional skills and competencies spanning the different disciplines, thereby affording them a broad perspective and teaching the required flexibility. projects. academic research. As Kunstuniversität Linz unites practical creative work and scientific research as well as applied and pure decorative design under one roof, art science research ranges among its curricular core activities. Both from a methodological point of view and as far as knowledge transfer and art education are concerned, the challenging relationship between science and art requires extensive research and development of the arts in one single process. Accordingly, the Kunstuniversität’s profile focuses on cultural studies and art theory, media theory, educational outreach strategies and gender studies in the context of tangible artistic production.

international role

Kunstuniversität Linz (University of Art & Design Linz) pursues the process of internationalisation under three main aspects: 1. Professional Internationality Art and design are international professional and academic fields. Curriculum design as well as our strategies for research must reflect this fact. Internationalisation is a natural part of the institutional culture. The university is defined as interface and integrated part of an international network of professional and academic communities. 2. Social Relevance Art and Design play key roles when it comes to the development of cultures and identities. Hence, the university see it as their responsibility to qualify, stimulate and encourage professionals and researchers in the arts and culture who are aware of this fact and able to make relevant contributions to the cultural process within and beyond their respective fields. 3. Quality development In our view sustainable quality development can only be achieved with respect to the Bologna process and the concept of lifelong learning. We consider this important, try to support it through international cooperation and give it due in curriculum design. We try to promote a sustainable quality culture in teaching and learning art and design at an academic level. Internationalisation of organisations is not possible without internationalisation of people, therefore people are at the centre of our attention. We see ourselves as a European art and design university, therefor the main field of our international activities is - needless to say - Europe, but we also cooperate with institutions elsewhere, including Latin America and Asia. At the moment we hold about 50 bilateral agreements with partner schools all over the world. Regardless where our interest lies: equity, fairness and sustainability are mandatory guidelines for our international engagement. Over time the ERASMUS programme has become one of the most effective instruments of internationalisation. In recent years incoming as well as outgoing rates have increased significantly. The incoming students and teachers are considered to be especially important for the process of internationalisation. They not only make international and multicultural issues more visible and perceptible for everybody, but also enhance the internationalisation of those members of the university who - for one reason or the other - are not able to go abroad themselves Today the University of Art and Design Linz participates more intensively than ever within the activity of international organisations and networks of art and design schools (CUMULUS, ELIA). Partnerships between institutions can be fostered and widened through membership of such organisations. The continuing discussion on the effects of the Bologna process and lifelong learning as well as collaboration within these networks provides an important basis for the international strategy of the university. To learn from each other has a considerable role in motivating the individuals involved and the institution as a whole.

national role

On the one hand our institutional policies are focused on the synergies in the centre of a town, that has become a synonym for media art and computer sciences. The university is a partner of the Ars Electronica Centre (AEC) and a co-organiser of the worldwide known Ars Electronica Festival. In the field of art there exist close relations to LENTOS Museum of Modern Art Linz which also has to be mentioned in this context. Cooperations with other relevant institutions as the Johannes Kepler University, Anton Bruckner University for Music and Performing Arts or the O.K. – Center for Contemporary Art are self-evident. We also emphasize different kinds of cooperation activities with local, regional and national industries. A documentation of case studies can be found on our website:

main focus




spatial design

research (MA)

faculties and departments

University:  Organisational Structure > Institutes

Fine Arts and
Cultural Studies

Art and Education
Teacher Training Programmes

Media Design

Space and Design

bachelor level programs

Bachelor level programs:

BArch in architecture

BSc in industrial design

BA in fashion & tachnology

BA in sculptural conceptions / ceramcis 

BA in

BA in graphic design & photography

BA in time-based and interactive media

BA in space & designstrategies

teaching training programs:

BEd in media design

BEd in art education

BEd in design: technic and textile

master level programs

Master level programs

the university is still in the process of transforming the old Austrian study structure into the Bologna system – for this reason there are still two types of master studies:

1. master studies (Bologna structure):

MArch in architecture

Dipl.-Ing. in industrial design

(MA in fashion & technology - planned for 2019)

MA in media cultures and art theory (theory based)

MA in sculptural conceptions / ceramics

MA in

MA in interface cultures

MA in timebased media

MA in space & designstrategies

MA in visual communications

teaching training programs:

MEd in media design

MEd in art education

MEd in design: technic and textile

2. pre-Bologna structure / diploma degree: in fine arts



research activity and main areas

integrated media applications (intermediality), spatial design strategies and academic research into the arts and (related) sciences.

doctorate level programs

PhD Programme



The PhD programme at University of Art and Design Linz has a minimum duration of 6 semesters and presents a deliberately open structure with regard to the range of potential fields, topics and practices of research.

Special emphasis is placed on PhD project work, which is monitored and assisted by the supervisors within the scope of privatissima. In addition, workshops are offered as well. The University arranges at least one colloquium for PhD students per semester.
Important instruments to safeguard quality and help students develop their personal profile are provided by the supervision agreement and the progress reports to be submitted every semester.

The PhD programme at University of Art and Design Linz expands the traditional scientific spectrum by adding themes and practices of artistic research (often also referred to as “practice-based research”).
Reflective engagement in, and involvement with, specific methods and production processes in connection with students’ own artistic projects are thus integrated as key elements into the research work.
In this context, research is principally defined as an open-ended process aimed at the comprehensive production of knowledge.
The programme serves to prepare each student for academic work in the field covered by his or her dissertation.
It offers academic education at an international level and enables graduates to engage in independent research work in compliance with the international standards governing their respective disciplines.
PhD projects thus must contribute to the body of knowledge within the given area of research by yielding new and independent findings and moreover have to correspond to ethical and paradigmatic framework criteria of research: the work must be original, transparent and open to analysis; moreover, it must allow for communication and critique both at the moment of production and at later stages.

subject areas for exchange students

All areas - degree programmes:

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Erasmus Programme:

Bilaterale Exchange:

application deadlines

Students must be nominated by email by the partner university.
Pre-nomination deadline : 15 April  and 15 October

Students Deadline of Applications:

1st of May  for the following winterterm (beginning of October to the end of January)
1st of November for the following summerterm (beginning of March to the end of June) 

teaching languages

The teaching language is German language (various courses and project supervision are also available in English language).  The Masters programme Interface Culture is fully taught in English.

Basic knowledge of the German language is strongly recommended as lectures are usually held in German. At least we expect a profound knowledge of English from the students and is is strongly recommended to attend a German course during the exchange in Linz.


semester dates

winterterm (beginning of October to the end of January)
summerterm (beginning of March to the end of June)

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Euro  950,--  (update January 2018)

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