Cross Disciplinary Strategies. Applied Studies in Art, Science, Philosophy and Global Challenges (CDS)

Head: Ass.-Prof. Mag. phil. Christine Böhler
Cross-Disciplinary Strategies. Applied Studies in Art, Science, Philosophy and Global Challenges

The English-language bachelor’s degree programme Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (CDS) has been offered by the Institute of Arts and Society since the winter semester 2017. The curriculum covers the methods and principles of art and the humanities, social and natural sciences, and economics and politics, aiming to counter the increasing fragmentation of the sciences and to equip students to deal with the complex social challenges in the 21st century world. The links between knowledge, experience and politics are developed and accessed in practical, artistic and theoretical learning units.

Epistemology, methodology and the history of science form the basis on which the approach to specific issues in art, natural sciences and humanities, social and economic history, and current social and political developments is founded. The programme focuses particularly on the fields of artificial intelligence, big data and the social contextualisation of these issues.

The introductory year covers principles of programming, statistics, academic work in the form of research and text production, as well as the principles of human rights, the structure of international organisations, artistic practices and current discourses in social sciences and humanities.

In subsequent years of the programme, the curriculum is structured into the following topic groups: science and technology, economics and politics, and artistic strategies on annual topics that deal with global challenges such as migration, medialisation, work, growth, environment, and nutrition. In this phase, students apply the content theoretically and practically in cross-disciplinary annual projects. In this phase students of all semesters work together in order to learn as much as possible from each other with regard to professional and social skills. Instruction formats include classical teaching forms as well as excursions, team teaching, project-based learning, internships and reflection on studies. The programme aims to enable students to identify and uncover complex correlations, and to integrate them into cooperative processes of action.

Entrance Exam – Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
The bachelor’s degree Cross-Disciplinary Strategies: Applied Studies in Art, Science, Philosophy, and Global Challenges (CDS) communicates a broad spectrum of artistic and scientific skills, strategies and principles of artistic and scientific practice. This is linked with the aspiration to promote a critical approach, collaborative skills, and goal-oriented learning not only in individual areas of knowledge, but also beyond the arts.

The applicant provides the examination committee with documents and information about his/her qualifications attesting to his/her general, visual, technical and linguistic aptitude to successfully complete the degree programme.
An Austrian Higher School Certificate or an equivalent from any other country is a precondition of admission to the CDS programme. Certificates will be examined for their equivalence by the Student and Academic Affairs Office after you have passed the entrance exam. All CDS courses are held in English; B2 level (CEFR) is recommended. Studies commence in the winter semester following your entrance exam.

The entrance exam consists of two phases. Each phase requires a positive assessment in order to move on to the next step.

1. REGISTRATION & SUBMISSION between 1 December 2019 and Jan 26th 2020.
The following should be emailed to (as a PDF, max. 10 MB, naming convention:
- REGISTRATION FOR THE ENTRANCE EXAM: download, fill out, sign and scan
- LETTER OF MOTIVATION (600 words / 4000 characters) stating your interest in Cross-Disciplinary Strategies as well as in the approach of the programme. What visions, skills and ideas will I bring to the programme? What do I expect from the course? Why have I chosen this course? What is my vision for my professional future? Convince us with global or personal topics; independent, sophisticated concepts; innovative ideas.
- CURRICULUM VITAE including your contact information (telephone, email). No photos!
2. Practical TASKS and INTERVIEW (At CDS premises, 24-28 February 2020)
In this phase, your aptitude for the programme is reviewed. You will be given practical assignments followed by a short face-to-face interview with the team.
Publication of Results between 2 and 6 March 2020


Office Hours: 8.30 - 12.30

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