Art & Science

Chair: Univ.-Prof. Virgil Widrich
The objective of the Art & Science master’s degree programme is to investigate the relationships between different artistic and scientific representational cultures and their respective cognitive and research methods. An inter- and transdisciplinary approach and project-oriented education should stimulate interaction between model and theory construction, and the application of methods, particularly in the arts and sciences.

The central element of the master’s programme is a project orientation, which has in mind that in a “scientificised” world many everyday topics in society are permeated by scientific knowledge, and that this can lead to controversial discussions. In part, these discussions link complex fields of knowledge and their respective specialised knowledge, and represent different contributions to the development of our society.

This is a point of convergence for the - quite often different - questions that art and science pose and a creative crossroad emerges for finding or rejecting answers. This point of view involves the investigation (and the corresponding in-depth study) of social and political processes, the relation, application, and development of artistic and scientific positions, methods, media, and organisations. Thus, it implies researching an oft-controversial societal thematic space, where the disciplinary, scientific-artistic ivory tower is infiltrated, where students locate and explore - and possibly generate themselves - more or less conspicuous sociotechnical ruptures in our society. Prerequisite is a thirst for knowledge that leads to a representation, a creative restructuring of the respective themes, in which the respective application or interweaving of certain artistic or scientific methods or media represents the result, and not the departure point, of the research.

Entrance Exam for the Academic Year 2019/20

Portfolio Submission
18 – 22 February 2019
Submission via email in pdf format (or link to online-films, portfolios, etc.; max. 5 MB) to:
Consisting of: Letter of Motivation, Curriculum Vitae, Digital Portfolio    
(Naming convention: LastName_FirstName_Portfolio, LoM, CV, ...)

25 or 26 February 2019, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm CET
Personal appearance for registration (obligatory!)
Submission of physical portfolio (this is not obligatory if a digital portfolio was sent)
Address: Salzgries 14, 1010 Vienna
Admission Exam
27 and 28 February 2019,10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Written and practical work (for applicants whose portfolios were accepted)
Address: Salzgries 14, 1010 Vienna

1 March 2019, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Interviews (with applicants who have passed written and practical work)
Return of physical portfolios
Address: Salzgries 14, 1010 Vienna

Publication of Results
4 – 8 March 2019
Address: Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna
(main building of the University of Applied Arts Vienna)

Feedback Meeting
Presumably on Tuesday, 5 March 2019, at 12:30 pm
(for applicants who have not passed the exam)
Address: Salzgries 14, 1010 Vienna


Transdisciplinarity: Sen.Lect. Dr. Bernd Kräftner
Associated Departments:: o. Univ.-Prof. Mag.rer.nat. Dr.techn. Georg Glaeser
Office: Gerda Fischbach


2nd floor
Salzgries 14
Österreich-1010 Wien
Office opening times: Monday to Thursday, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm