Cross-Disciplinary Strategies – Applied Studies in Art, Science, Philosophy, and Global Challenges

Bachelor programme

BA (Bachelor of Arts)
240 ECTS
8 Semesters
Teaching language: English
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 and progress in the area of genome editing.
 
The interdisciplinary 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 and digitalization. 
 
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. These goals are conveyed in modular study units and enhanced through forms of complementary and collaborative teaching; they include artistic strategies like abstraction, ambiguity, alienation, destruction or performativity. 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 various studios where students become familiar with a broad spectrum of media and materials.
 
In 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.


Graduate activities

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 engineering, 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.

Information and Contact

Department
Cross-Disciplinary Strategies

E-Mail
cds@uni-ak.ac.at

Phone
0043-1-71133-2471

Dates of the Entrance Exam

Submission of all documents
December 1, 2018 to Jan 27, 2019
  Applicants will receive information
  about interview invitation between
  February 18–20, 2019
 

Interview
February 27 or 28, 2019
  Publication of results
  March 4–8, 2019


Postal Address:
CDS
Hintere Zollamtsstraße 17
1030 Wien

 
The course will start in October 2019.


Consultation hours

For the CDS entrance exam we offer consultation hours on following dates:
  Thur, Nov 29, 2 to 4 pm
  Thur, Dec. 13, 3 to 4.30 pm
  Wed, Jan 9, 11am to 1pm


Please, register!

Orientation

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