The bachelor degree programme „Cross-Disciplinary Strategies. Applied Studies in Art, Science, Philosophy, and Global Challenges“
conveys a broad spectrum of artistic and scientific skills, strategies and principles of artistic and scientific praxis, linked
with the aspiration to promote a critical approach, cooperation skills and goal-oriented learning not just in individual areas
of knowledge, but also beyond the arts.
The educational system‘s approach for this programme represents an answer to
transformation processes that our globalized societies face today. To be able to deal with complex and global dynamics as
well as differing realities, courses designed to give an overview offer interdisciplinary knowledge and provide insights into
strategies and methods from a number of areas of knowledge. Basic principles of art, philosophy, natural sciences, engineering
and the humanities are an integral part of the curriculum in order to familiarize students with various perspectives and epistemologies.
In addition, basic knowledge regarding the challenges of an increasing fusion of man and machine will be imparted, with particular
focus on the growing automation that is due to the refinement of artificial intelligence.
approach of the programme aims at developing future-oriented work methods and the conveyance of new strategies designed to
reach far beyond ordinary educational concepts, thus opposing the growing specialization and fragmentation of knowledge. This
approach represents a contribution to shaping the future of our societies: Fragile social fabrics in a quickly changing world
that are confronted with global challenges to an unprecedented extent are to be addressed: demographic change, migration,
the protection of human rights, social injustices and poverty, climate change, or redefining human work in the era of robotics
Systematic and interdisciplinary courses provide students with insights into current
strategies of relevant technological developments, into new economies and finances, as well as into political discourses of
contemporary societies. The programme is supplemented by reflections accompanying the course of studies. Artistic strategies
and practical knowledge are both significant learning objectives and basic work methods. The architecture of the study programme
offers a new and innovative learning environment which combines theory and practice. It is supplemented by practical experience
in Angewandtes workshops where students can become familiar with a broad spectrum of media and materials.
order to educate professionals who are able to navigate in a globalized and interconnected world and who possess the necessary
qualifications to handle complex and global dynamics, the study programme offers new teaching and learning methods and action
strategies. These promote collaboration and teamwork and enable the planning, creation, implementation, analysis and inspired
leading of dynamic projects – an important contribution to providing critical and well thought out foundations for meaningful
and sustainable decision processes.
Graduates employ artistic skills, strategies and
principles of artistic praxis and experience, plus broad knowledge regarding the basic principles of research from the areas
of natural sciences, humanities and social sciences to identify, develop and bring about systematic and innovative approaches
for the achievement of sustainable transformation and design processes. Graduates gain an understanding for the complex coherences
of our globalized and tightly interwoven societies and are able to take a critical stance towards the multiple challenges
of our time.
The intention is for graduates to pass through awareness-raising and qualification processes
that will enable them:
- to identify and address relevant issues and strategies for change processes beyond the
boundaries of disciplines,
- to systemize and communicate (knowledge transfer) the approaches developed, and to implement
them according to the requirements of the respective context,
- to instruct and guide interdisciplinary work teams that
are characterized by diversity and heterogeneity.
Due to the architecture of the study programme students have at
their command a number of artistic skills and strategies, as well as interdisciplinary knowledge in respect of the basic principles
of highly diverse knowledge areas, all of which facilitates a certain foresight while at the same time providing high adaptability
to a wide range of disciplines. Graduates will be enabled to lead, in a stimulating and cooperative way, decision processes
and strategic developments in complex matters such as politics, administration and new economic systems of the 21st century.
They are qualified for fields of work in both the public and the private sector, e.g. at universities and external research
facilities where research teams are interdisciplinary because of the complexity of the research subject. They also qualify
for research departments and senior positions in the strategy development of commercial enterprises that design complex strategies
for change processes and that have a need for ongoing renewal and change due to their organizational and content-wise orientation.
Further fields of work are available in the context of public administration bodies of the country, the federal
states and larger urban spaces in respect of planning and decision-making processes of complex undertakings, plus in connection
with political decision makers and panels that deal with diverging interests and complex tasks of multiple and far-reaching
consequences. Opportunities can also be found in multinational institutions (e.g. the EU, UNO, OECD, UNESCO, OPEC), as well
as in think tanks and enterprises that advise business and politics regarding development scenarios and potential courses
of action, plus in lobbies that are faced with a dramatic change in working and producing. Another field of work exists in
cultural institutions that face a conflict of orientation between art, aesthetics, public sphere, politics and economic parameters,
but offer suitable spaces to voice and make known to a wider public the global challenges confronting our societies today.