Art & Science

Head: 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 master’s programme has in mind that 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 where a creative crossroad emerges for finding or rejecting answers. This point of view involves the in- vestigation (and the corresponding in-depth study) of social and political processes, and the relation, application, and development of artistic and scientific positions, methods, media, and organisations. Thus, it implies exploring a frequently controversial societal thematic space, where the disciplinary, scientific–artistic ivory tower is infiltrated, where students locate and investigate – and possibly generate themselves – more or less conspicuous sociotechnical ruptures in our society.
 
Inquisitiveness is a prerequisite that leads to a representation, a creative restructuring of the respective themes, in which the application or interweaving of certain artistic or scientific methods or media represents the result, and not the departure point, of the research. 
 
Art & Science, you need to have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline and to pass the entrance exam. Candidates should show a special interest in transdisciplinary projects and the ability to deal with techniques that experiment with different methods and media. The two-year programme is held in English so candidates should also be comfortable in conversing and writing in this language (no language certificate is necessary).
 
Due to the current Covid-19 situation, please check Art & Science website from time to time for further updates and possible amendments!
 
Application procedure 
For the Academic Year 2022/2023
 
Information Meetings for prospective applicants (optional)
4 March 2021, 14:00 CET – with Teachers
@BeSt digital 2021 Vienna, online via Zoom
 
5 March 2021, 14:00 CET – with Q&A with Students
@BeSt digital 2021 Vienna, online via Zoom
 
30 June 2021, 14:30 CET – with Teachers
during Angewandte Festival 2021, online via Zoom
 
11 November 2021, 13:00 CET– with Teachers and Q&A with Students
live in presence at Art & Science Studios at PSK and online via Zoom
ID: 661 6657 7596 Code: 047593 
 
13 December 2021, 13:00 CET – with Teachers
live in presence at Art & Science Studios at PSK and online via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/99650715046?pwd=MkNKUE5ndzJIc0tuQVY4UzVDTzNhUT09 
ID: 996 5071 5046 Code: 057163
 
The entrance exam consists of three phases. Each phase requires a positive assessment to move on to the next step.
 
Phase 1 – Registration & submission
2 – 20 January 2022 – online
The following should be emailed to artscience@uni-ak.ac.at
  • Art & Science registration form – download pdf from Art & Science Website: http://artscience.uni-ak.ac.at/art__science/admission fill out, sign, scan and return it, between 2 and 20 January.
  • Letter of motivation (LoM) – stating your interest in art and science as well as in the approach of the course (What do I expect from the course? Why do I want to study this? What is my professional vision for the future?)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) – including contact information (telephone, email)
  • Digital portfolio – with your artistic and/or scientific works; if your portfolio is not in German/English, please translate the abstract only.)
Please use this format: PDF, max. 50 MB or link to shared drive, e.g. video/audio-files; naming convention: LastName_FirstName_ RegistrationForm/LoM/Portfolio/CV
Decision and notification: end-January 2022 
Positive assessment of the first phase is a requirement for the second phase. Whether you have passed the first phase, you will be informed by email only by the Art & Science Office. (Any other communication you may have with the Office of Academic and Student Affairs regarding visas etc. does not imply that you have already passed the first phase).
 
Phase 2 – Written and practical tasks 
22 and 23 February 2022 – online via zoom (links will follow)
10 am: tasks distribution; 
4 pm of the same day: deadline tasks submission per email.
The second phase lasts two days and consists of two conceptual/creative tasks in the fields of art and science to be completed in English.
Decision and notification: 24 February 2022
Positive assessment of the second phase is a requirement for the third phase, the interview. You will be informed by email.
 
Phase 3 – Admission interview 
25 February 2022 – online via zoom (link and times will follow)
a.m. CET, single appointments
In the third phase, your aptitude for the programme is reviewed in an interview with the team. 
 
Publication of results
Between 28 February – 4 March 2022
Positive assessment of all three phases is a requirement to pass the admission exam. 
 
Feedback meeting 
1 March 2022, 12:30 CET – online via zoom (link will follow)
Optional, for applicants who have not passed the exam; Please note that we cannot offer any further feedback beyond this one date.
 
Start date
October 2022
 
Detailed info is found here.
 
 
Contact

Location
raised ground floor
Georg‐Coch‐Platz 2 or Rosenbursenstraße 3
A-1010 Wien
Office opening times: Monday to Thursday, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location entrance:
Rosenbursenstrasse 3

Studio location:
Groundfloor, Room Nos 038–044 (H5–H9)