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.

To study 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.

Entrance Exam for the Academic Year 2021/2022
Application Procedure 
Due to the current Covid-19 situation, please check this site from time to time for further updates and possible amendments!
Information meetings for prospective applicants (optional)
21 October 2020, 16:00      
at Salzgries 14/2nd floor, Art & Science studios
and via Zoom link: Meeting-ID: 821 2466 5578 Passwort: 195223

9 December 2020, 14:30
during Open House 2020 – ALL VIRTUAL

15 December 2020, 13:00     
Meeting-ID: 842 5690 0410 Passwort: 374848 
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 2021 – online 
The following should be emailed to
  • Art & Science registration form – between 2 and 20 January 2021: please download pdf here fill out, sign, scan and return it.
  • 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 2021
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
23 and 24 February 2021 – online via Zoom (details will follow)
Each day at 10 am: via Zoom – tasks distribution; 4 pm of the same day: deadline submission tasks per email (details will follow)
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: 25 February 2021
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
26 February 2021 – online via Zoom (details will follow)
In the third phase, your aptitude for the programme is reviewed in an interview with the team. 
Publication of results
Between 1 – 5 March 2021
Positive assessment of all three phases is a requirement to pass the admission exam. A list with names of accepted students will be posted in the main building of the University, at Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna. An email notification will follow.
Feedback meeting
2 March 2021, 12:30 – online via Zoom (details 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 2021
More information you will find here.


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