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Mission Statement

Profile-defining points of focus

The University of Arts Linz is going to distinguish itself artistically, creatively and academically as a place of unrestricted, brave and visionary thinking and a zone of critical experimenting. With the clear goal of qualitative and quantitative growth, the university commits to four profile-defining points of focus (excerpt from the development plan until 2027 – only in german):

Contemporary Art and Beyond

Postdigital Cultures

Sustainable and Critical Design

Transformative Research and Education

These four points of focus are the further development of the previous three pillars of the University of Arts Linz's profile. They accentuate the university’s high standards and its determination to act with an eye to the future and to adapt its contents and resources to meet the social/societal, ecological and technological challenges of globalisation and digital transformation.

International Role

The  University of Arts Linz pursues the process of internationalisation under three main aspects:

1. Professional Internationality: Art and design are international professional and academic fields. Curriculum design as well as our strategies for research must reflect this fact. Internationalisation is a obvious part of the institutional culture. The university is defined as interface and integrated part of an international network of professional and academic communities.

2. Social Relevance: Art and design play key roles when it comes to the development of cultures and identities. Hence, the university see it as their responsibility to qualify, stimulate and encourage professionals and researchers in the arts and culture who are aware of this fact and able to make relevant contributions to the cultural process within and beyond their respective fields.

3. Quality development: In our view sustainable quality development can only be achieved with respect to the Bologna process and the concept of lifelong learning. We consider this important, try to support it through international cooperation and give it due in curriculum design. We try to promote a sustainable quality culture in teaching and learning art and design at an academic level. Internationalisation of organisations is not possible without internationalisation of people, therefore people are at the centre of our attention.

We see ourselves as a European art and design university. Therefor the main field of our international activities is – needless to say – Europe, but we also cooperate with institutions elsewhere, including Latin America and Asia. At the moment we hold about 90 agreements with partneruniversities all over the world. Regardless where our interest lies: equity, fairness and sustainability are mandatory guidelines for our international engagement. Over time the Erasmus+ programme has become one of the most effective instruments of internationalisation. In recent years incoming as well as outgoing rates have increased significantly. The incoming students and teachers are considered to be especially important for the process of internationalisation. They not only make international and multicultural issues more visible and perceptible for everybody, but also enhance the internationalisation of those members of the university who – for one reason or the other – are not able to go abroad themselves

Today the University of Arts Linz participates more intensively than ever within the activity of international organisations and networks of art and design schools (CUMULUS, ELIA). Partnerships between institutions can be fostered and widened through membership of such organisations. The continuing discussion on the effects of the Bologna process and lifelong learning as well as collaboration within these networks provides an important basis for the international strategy of the university. To learn from each other has a considerable role in motivating the individuals involved and the institution as a whole.

National Role

On the one hand our institutional policies are focused on the synergies in the centre of a town, that has become a synonym for media art and computer sciences. The University of Arts Linz is a partner of the Ars Electronica Centre (AEC) and a co-organiser of the worldwide known Ars Electronica Festival. In the field of art there exist close relations to LENTOS Museum of Modern Art Linz which also has to be mentioned in this context. Cooperations with other relevant institutions as the Johannes Kepler University, Anton Bruckner University for Music and Performing Arts or the O.K. – Center for Contemporary Art are self-evident. We also emphasize different kinds of cooperation activities with local, regional and national industries.

In recent years, the University of Arts Linz has developed into an important location factor in the region through targeted profile building. Through ongoing cooperation with cultural institutions and business enterprises, the University of Arts Linz has been able to build up a very good network.
The FAT Fashion&Technology programme, for example, has a unique Austrian selling point, is very well networked with the regional economy and is a new attraction for international students.
The specialisation BASEhabitat in the Master's programme in Architecture now attract numerous international students too.


Main Focus

Contemporary Art and Beyond
Postdigital Cultures
Sustainable and Critical Design
Transformative Research and Education

Faculties and Departments

Art Studies

Fine Art
Sculpture – Transmedial Space
Experimental Art
Artistic Photography
Painting & Graphic Art
Applied Studies of Culture and Art
Diploma Programme

Graphic-Design and Photography
Bachelor Programme

Visual Communication (Graphic-Design and Photography
Master Programme

Interface Cultures
Master Programme

Sculptural Conceptions / Ceramics
Bachelor Programme
Master Programme

Fashion & Technology
Bachelor Programme
Master Programme

Bachelor Programme
Master Programme

Bachelor Programme
Master Programme

Time-based and Interactive Media Arts
Bachelor Programme

Time-based Media
Master Programme

Postdigital Lutherie
Master Programme


Art and Technical Studies

Bachelor Programme
Master Programme

Industrial Design
Bachelor Programme
Master Programme
Cultural Studies

Media Culture and Art Theories
Master Programme

Cultural Studies
Bachelor Programme
Programmes for Teachers

Art Education
Bachelor Programme
Master Programme

Media Design
Bachelor Programme
Master Programme

Design: Tech.Tex
Bachelor Programme
Master Programme

PhD Study

PhD Study


Bachelor Level Programs

Bachelor level programs:

BArch in Architecture

BSc in Industrial Design

BA in Fashion & Technology

BA in Sculptural Conceptions / Ceramcis 

BA in textile.art.design

BA in Graphic Design & Photography

BA in Time-based and Interactive Media Arts

BA in Space & Design Strategies

BA in Cultural Studies

Teaching training programs:

BEd in Media Design

BEd in Art Education

BEd in Design: Technic and Textile

Master Level Programs

Master level programs

There are still two types of master studies:

1. master studies (Bologna structure):

MArch in Architecture

Dipl.-Ing. in Industrial Design

MA in Fashion & Technology

MA in Media Cultures and Art Theory (theory based)

MA in Sculptural Conceptions / Ceramics

MA in textile.art.design

MA in Interface Cultures

MA in Timebased Media

MA in Space & Design Strategies

MA in Visual Communications

MA in Postdigital Lutherie

teaching training programs:

MEd in media design

MEd in art education

MEd in design: technic and textile

2. pre-Bologna structure / diploma degree:

Mag.art. in Fine Arts



Research Activity and Main Areas

integrated media applications (intermediality), spatial design strategies and academic research into the arts and (related) sciences.

Doctorate Level Programs

PhD Programme

  • https://kunstuni-linz.at/PhD-Programme-Intro.14861+M52087573ab0.0.html



The PhD programme at University of Arts Linz has a minimum duration of 6 semesters

With the transformation of art colleges into universities of the arts in 1998, the academic spectrum of PhD programmes was expanded to include topics and practices of arts-based research (also called "arts-based research" or "artistic research"). Since then, doctoral studies at the art universities have attracted a large number of students: at the University of Arts Linz alone, there are now more than 100 PhD candidates conducting their research.
With its PhD programme, the University of Arts Linz creates a common framework for outstanding research projects from, between and across all the artistic, creative, scientific and technology-oriented departments and disciplines represented at the University of Arts Linz.
Accordingly, the topics of the PhD projects cover a wide range: the development of robotic applications in architecture, performative urbanism as a social strategy for exploring village life, telemetric investigation of the migration routes of storks, the treatment of body schemas in queer tango or the critical investigation and artistic treatment of dominant space narratives are just a few examples. Under PhD Candidates and Graduates you can view topics and brief descriptions of ongoing as well as completed PhD projects.

The PhD programme has a minimum duration of six semesters. PhD candidates work alone or in teams on their projects and are accompanied by one or more supervisors. PhD candidates have the status of early-stage researchers. The PhD programme serves to support and further develop independent artistic and/or scientific work. It creates an experiment and possibility space, in which different forms of knowledge and practices, critical confrontations, innovation as well as original ways of looking at things meet and are brought into exchange. As a matter of principle, research at the University of Arts Linz is defined as open-ended; paths of knowledge can change in the process of development, ephemeral moments, unusual paths and diverse practices of testing and discarding can be part of the PhD work. The concrete research project must contribute to knowledge within the fields of reference central to the project through new, independent findings and/or approaches, and must also be communicable and critiqueable at a later point in time. The development of a form (methodology, material, media, as well as the format of the manifestation of the results) corresponding to the project out of the research process is just as important as that of an own language or adequate media in order to document, contextualize and reflect the respective project in a transparent and comprehensible way.

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

All areas – degree programmes:

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Application Deadlines

Students must be nominated by email by the partner university.
Pre-nomination deadline : 15 April  and 15 October

Students Deadline of Applications:

1st of May  for the following winterterm (beginning of October to the end of January)
1st of November for the following summerterm (beginning of March to the end of June) 

Teaching Languages

The teaching language is German language (various courses and project supervision are also available in English language). 
The Masters programmes Interface Culture and Postdigital Lutherie are fully taught in English language.

Basic knowledge of the German language is strongly recommended as lectures are usually held in German. At least we expect a profound knowledge of English from the students and is is strongly recommended to attend a German course during the exchange in Linz.



Semester Dates

winterterm (beginning of October to the end of January)
summerterm (beginning of March to the end of June) 


Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

Euro  1.200  (update January 2023)




Bachelor: 500
Master: 500
Doctorate: 130

Exchange Students

Incoming: 50-70
Outgoing: 50-70
Others: 30

Teaching Staff

Professors: 40
Lectures: 210
Other permanent teachers: 105

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