Entrance Exam – Cross-Disciplinary Strategies

The bachelor’s degree Cross-Disciplinary Strategies. Applied Studies in Art, Science, Philosophy, and Global Challenges (CDS) communicates a broad spectrum of artistic and scientific skills, strategies and principles of artistic and scientific practice. This spectrum is linked with the aspiration to promote a critical approach, collaborative skills, and goal-oriented learning not only in individual areas of knowledge but also beyond the arts.
The applicant must provide the examination committee with documents and information about his / her qualifications attesting to his / her general, visual, technical and linguistic aptitude to complete the degree programme.

An Austrian Higher School Certificate or an equivalent from any other country is a precondition of admission to the CDS programme. All CDS courses are in English; we recommend B2 level (CEFR).
All certificates will be examined for their equivalence by the Student and Academic Affairs Office after you have passed the entrance exam. Studies commence in the winter semester following your entrance exam.

The entrance exam consists of two phases. Each phase requires a positive assessment to move on to the next step.

Between 1 December 2020 and 24 January 2021 send the following documents (as a PDF, max. 10 MB) to cds@uni-ak.ac.at (naming convention: LastName_FirstName_Reg/LoM/CV):

- Registration for the Entrance Exam
download http://studien.homepage.uni-ak.ac.at/formulare/ZUL_CDS.pdf, fill out, sign and send us the scan.

- Letter of Motivation
(600 words / 4000 characters): state your interest in CDS as well as in the general approach of the programme. What skills and ideas will you bring to the programme? What do you expect from the course? What is your vision for your professional future? Convince us with global or personal topics; independent, sophisticated concepts; innovative ideas!

- Curriculum Vitae
Curriculum Vitae: including your contact information (telephone, email). No photos!


- Practical Tasks and Interview
If you have passed phase 1, you will be invited to practical assignments followed by a face-to-face interview with the team at the CDS premises between 22 and 25 February 2021.

- Publication of Results between 1 and 5 March 2021

Information and Contact

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies


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Dates of the Entrance Exam 2021

Submission of all documents
December 1st, 2020 to Jan 24th, 2021
  Applicants will receive information
  about interview invitation between
  February 15 and 17, 2021

Interviews will take place
from February 22th to 25th, 2021
  Publication of results between
  March 1 and 5, 2021

The course will start in October 2021.

Postal Address:
Hintere Zollamtsstraße 17
1030 Wien

Consultation Hours (via Zoom):
Thursday, 3 December 2020, 14:00 to 17:00
Wednesday, 16 December 2020 10:00 to 12:00
Thursday, 17 December 2020, 14:00 to 16:00
Thursday, 14 January 2021, 14:00 to 16:00

Please, register: