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FH JOANNEUM offers students sound academic training – our programs are practice-oriented, project-based and interdisciplinary. In other words, we work in close cooperation with business and industry to put acquired knowledge into practice, we develop innovative solutions for topical issues in applied research projects and forge links to related disciplines. Teaching is conducted in small teams, which means that students receive individual support from experienced lecturers. Together with intercultural skills, students at FH JOANNEUM also acquire soft skills and advanced knowledge of foreign languages, which in combination with their specialist know-how open up excellent career opportunities for key positions in Austria and abroad.
The Department of Media & Design shapes tomorrow’s worlds of communication. We develop design solutions for products and services, create and design content for various channels of communication and work creatively in a digitally networked environment. In close cooperation with companies and institutions we translate practical requirements into functional and aesthetic solutions. Leading visionaries in the field continuously inspire our imagination and foster our implementation expertise. The wide range of opportunities available to graduates from our degree program is reflected in the diverse careers they pursue. But there is one thing all our graduates have in common – a passion for future-oriented communication and design.
Our university’s large network enables students to complete internships with leading companies and institutions in Austria and abroad and spend a semester studying at one of over 300 partner universities around the world. The Department of Media & Design benefits from Graz’s nomination as UNESCO City of Design. Hence the city is connected with all other Cities of Design around the world. Projects, workshops and exhibitions are results of an intensive communication between cities and institutions. Moreover, the Industrial Design program is the first Austrian Design department to have been rated an outstanding educational institution by the Bureau of European Designers’ Association (BEDA), which is associated with Design Austria, a member of ICSID and the Austrian Design Foundation.
Located in a UNESCO City of Design, students find a lively environment with a strong affinity for design in the city of Graz, the second largest city in Austria. The high concentration of cultural institutions as well as local industry, such as the automotive industry, creates a perfect work and study environment.
We shape the media and design of the future.
Faculties and Departments
The degree programs listed below belong to the Department of Media & Design:
Bachelor Level Programs
Industrial Design: full-time / 6 semesters / 180 ECTS / Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Design (BA)
Information Design: full-time / 6 semesters / 180 ECTS / Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Design (BA)
Master Level Programs
Industrial Design (with two areas of specialisation: Mobility Design and Eco-Innovative Design): full-time / 4 semesters / 120 ECTS / Master of Arts in Arts and Design (MA)
Communication Design: work-friendly / 4 semesters / 120 ECTS / Master of Arts in Arts and Design (MA)
Exhibition Design: work-friendly / 4 semesters / 120 ECTS / Master of Arts in Arts and Design (MA)
Interaction Design: work-friendly / 4 semesters / 120 ECTS / Master of Arts in Arts and Design (MA)
Media Design: work-friendly / 4 semesters / 120 ECTS / Master of Arts in Arts and Design (MA)
Sound Design: work-friendly / 4 semesters / 120 ECTS / Master of Arts in Arts and Design (MA)
Research Activity and Main Areas
Research and industrial collaborations are incorporated in degree-program specific project work in the fields of product design (consumer and capital goods, packaging) and transportation design (from vehicles to ships to space shuttles). We strive to involve national and international enterprises in our projects and we participate in national and international competitions. Among the national enterprises we collaborate with are Magna Steyr (vehicles), Wiesner Hager (furniture) and Xenon Lights. International cooperations include those with multinationals such as AUDI, BMW, VW, Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (BSH) and SUYIN. Further information on research and development can be found at:
Design and Communication
Our Research and Design Lab provides design solutions based on research in the field of analogue and digital interaction design. We focus on providing unique and optimized experience for people in a variety of different settings, i.e. using and learning with computers, tablets or smart phones, visiting an exhibition or exploring the urban environment. Main fields of research in this area are: – Interaction and Knowledge – Interaction and Experience – Simulation and AR – Concepts and Narratives – Evaluation Frameworks For more information and for descriptions of projects see:
Subject Areas for Exchange Students
The degree programs as mentioned above.
Fall semester: June 1
Spring semester: November 1
Most of the classes are taught in German. However, as professors and lecturers are familiar with English, some of the design projects and studio work can be carried out in English.
Fall semester: Beginning of October – End of January
Spring semester: End of February – End of June
Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)
The following is a rough estimate of the monthly cost of living for students in Austria: Accommodation € 180 to € 350, food € 180, transportation € 80, books € 40, personal needs € 100; in total approximately € 600 to € 700.