Graduation

Application and Deadlines

In order to graduate, an appli­ca­tion for admission to the final examination of the bachelor programme must be handed in for summer semester until 30 April, for winter semester until 30 November.

 
After submission the Office of Student and Academic Affairs checks if all courses were completed according to the curriculum (exception: bachelor project).

The last semester of studies is dedicated to the completion of a graduation project.

Up to the date of the examination, students have the possibility to change advisors, alter the thesis title, or withdraw from the examination. The Office of Student and Academic Affairs must be informed in writing.

The award of the graduation certificate takes place in the framework of a festive gra­du­ation ceremony. Participation is free, and registration is not required.


Declaration of consent

The declaration of consent needs to be signed in order to document, present and publish the final thesis.


Return of borrowed Media / Library

All items borrowed from the library must be returned and the written part of the final paper (see below) uploaded to Phaidra.


Statistik Austria

A confirmation – that shows up upon successful com­ple­tion of the online-questionnaire – needs to be printed and handed in at the library: Online form Statistik Austria


Students from artistic study programmes additionally need to publish a written documentation:

Publication of final papers

Written parts of the artistic or scientific final paper need to be published via PHAIDRA by students registered for the study programmes listed below:
Art Education, Creative Writing, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies, TransArts.
For further information see Information about documentation.
 

Diploma

Graduates receive their diploma documents (Bachelorzeugnis; Bescheid, Urkunde, Diploma Supplement) at the festive graduation ceremony called "Sponsion".

 

Application and Deadlines

In order to graduate from an artistic programme, the student must submit an appli­ca­tion for admission to the subsequent diploma, or master exami­na­tion

before 30 April in the summer semester and
before 30 November in the winter semester

After submission the Office of Student and Academic Affairs checks if all courses were completed according to the curriculum (exception: the last certificate from the main artistic subject or main subject of study).

The last semester of studies is dedicated to the completion of a graduation project.

In artistic studies, an artistic project must be completed. In addition to the artistic component, which is of central importance, there must also be a written component explaining the artistic component. The written component must prove that the student is capable of making critical analysis and scientifically founded reflection on their artis­tic work. Content and extent of the written work are to be discussed with the advisor of the degree, or master thesis.

Up to the date of the examination, students have the possibility to change advisors, alter the thesis title, or withdraw from the examination. The Office of Student and Academic Affairs must be informed in writing.

Following the presentation of the thesis, the examination senate makes their assess­ment. The award of the graduation certificate takes place in the framework of a festive graduation ceremony. Participation is free, and registration is not required.
 
The following formulars must be handed in at the Office of Student and Academic Affairs before the graduation ceremony:
Declaration of consent

The declaration of consent needs to be signed in order to document, present and publish the final thesis.

Return of borrowed Media / Library
All items borrowed from the library must be returned and the written part of the final paper (see below) uploaded to Phaidra.

Statistik Austria
A confirmation – that shows up upon successful com­ple­tion of the online-questionnaire – needs to be printed and handed in at the library: Online form Statistik Austria

Students from artistic Study programmes (except Architecture and Industrial Design) additionally  need to publish a written documentation:

Publication of final papers
Written parts of the artistic or scientific final paper need to be published via PHAIDRA by students registered for the study programmes listed below:
Art Education, Art & Science, Conservation and Restoration, Creative Writing, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies, Design, Fine Arts, Media Arts, Stage Design, Social Design, TransArts.
For further information see Information about documentation.
 

Diploma

Graduates receive their diploma documents (Diplom-, Masterprüfungszeugnis; Bescheid, Urkunde, Diploma Supplement) at the festive graduation ceremony called "Sponsion".

The last semester of studies is dedicated to the completion of a thesis. A thesis is a scientific work and includes a public presentation of the conclusions. The topic of the thesis draws from scientific examination subjects including teaching methodology and pedagogical/vocational training. Content and extent of the written work are to be discussed with the thesis advisor.
 
In order to graduate in art education, an application must be made for the second diploma examination. A requirement is that all courses in the curriculum have been completed. In the case of combined studies at two different universities, the application must be made at both; the examination certificates are awarded separately. The university where the main subject was studied awards the graduation certificate.
 
The examination pass for pedagogical/vocational training and practical training for a teaching post in a school  must be filled out and certified by the Department of Education and Human Development and submitted to the Office of Student and Academic Affairs as well. After submission the Office of Student and Academic Affairs checks if all courses were completed according to the curriculum. When so, the students need to hand in two final versions of their thesis together with the form "Einreichung der wissenschaftlichen Abschlussarbeit/Presentation of the final thesis" at the Office of Student and Academic Affairs. Afterwards the Office of Student and Academic Affairs sends the thesis assessment form together with one sample of the final version of the thesis to the respective advisor.

Students have the possibility to change advisors, alter the thesis title, or withdraw from the thesis. The Office of Student and Academic Affairs must be informed in writing.

The thesis assessment has to be submitted to the Office of Student and Academic Affairs two weeks before the date of the graduation ceremony.

The award of the graduation certificate takes place in the framework of a festive graduation ceremony. Participation is free, and registration is not required.
A thesis in form of an artistic research project is to be produced, respectively a thesis in form of a number of artistic projects connected to each other as far as the research issue is concerned (artistic complex of work, groups of work).

The research outcome is to be documented in a suitable manner; it is to be contextualized and reflected upon. The conclusions of the artistic research are to be communicated in comprehensible form.

The thesis consists of an artistic work, as well as a presentation – in the meaning of a reflexive documentation – of the insights gained.
The doctoral student is given advice and support by a tutor holding an artistic venia docendi.

The doctoral viva consists of:
  • completion of the courses regarding theory and practice of artistic research
  • completion of both internal and public colloquia
  • thesis and defensio: within the framework of an oral examination (defensio), PhD candidates will introduce themselves and present their thesis in form of a lecture. The thesis will subsequently be discussed with the members of the examination board.
The award of the graduation certificate takes place in the framework of a festive graduation ceremony. Participation is free, and registration is not required.

General Information

Doctoral students are permitted to register for the doctoral examination (Rigorosum) when they have fulfilled the requirements stipulated in the curriculum. Registration requirements for the final examination include the positive completion of the prescribed courses and the positive assessment of the dissertation.

In order to graduate from doctoral studies, it is necessary to submit an application for admission to the doctoral examination. This document and the corresponding application for the naming of the assessors of a dissertation are available in the office of Student and Academic Affairs (External assessors can be nominated in accordance to the Vice-Rector for Teaching). Both documents are to be submitted to the office of the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs (Mrs. Rosenmeier, Aktsaal). When the documents are approved, the dissertation assessment form is sent to the named assessors.

In addition to the application for the doctoral examination, two bound copies of the dissertation are to be submitted to the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs.

The doctoral examination can take place two weeks after the submission of the application at the earliest. In the framework of the doctoral examination, the dissertation is to be defended in its scientific context before the examination senate. The examination senate includes those university professors who advised or assessed the dissertation.

The candidates can agree upon a date, place, and time for the doctoral examination together with their advisor and secondary assessor, and inform the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, who will then invite the members of the examination senate.

The doctoral studies are completed upon positive assessment of the doctoral examination and the dissertation, which is then followed by the authorised award of the academic title by the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs.

At the end of each semester, a festive promotion ceremony is held. Participation is free upon registration in the office of Student and Academic Affairs.

 

Formal requirements for dissertations

All copies of the dissertation are to be bound with a laminated spine and a hard cover. First and surname are located on the spine. It is recommended to design the first pages of the dissertation in accordance with the Guidelines (see "Links and Downloads" section) and to prepare abstracts in both German and English (max. 250 words each), which are incorporated into the work.
 
Additionally, all media borrowed from the library must be returned after the final doctoral examination.

Together with the diploma, each graduate receives a diploma supplement. The Diploma Supplement is a standardised document in the context of the European Higher Education Area, to facilitate the recognition of individual qualifications. It is free of charge and is provided in German and English language.

The Diploma Supplement contains:
  • Declaration about the type and qualification level of the diploma
  • Information about the study programme (access requirement(s), programme details, grading scheme)
  • Information on the Austrian higher education system

An example of the Diploma Supplement can be found to the right of this page (in the field "Information") – or here.

Completion of required courses

After submission of the application for admission to the final exam the Office of Student and Academic Affairs checks if all courses were completed according to the curriculum.

Details: