Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna

The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna is a public university with 1300 students and a faculty of 260 offering opportunities for study, artistic and scholarly research and artistic practice in the fields of fine arts, art teachers' training (education in the arts), architecture, stage design, conservation and restoration, art history and theory and the natural and technical sciences in the arts.

Academy of Fine Arts

Established in the 17th century, the Academy today focuses on providing up to date education in contemporary art. Studio practice is balanced with a large variety of course offerings on art theory and history. Our faculty consists of distinguished artists and scholars whose teaching is based on their artistic practice and research experience.

In addition to being an educational institution, the Academy houses two internationally renowned art collections, the Picture Gallery and the Prints and Drawings Collection.

With a student body coming from more than 50 countries and consisting of 40 per cent international students the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna provides a highly international environment. Although most of our study programmes are in German some individual courses are offered in English.

We also offer courses in German as a foreign language for our students. Our study programmes cover the full range of undergraduate and (post)graduate education up to the doctorate. Most of our curricula are organised in the traditional European 4-year diploma programmes which lead to the equivalent of a master’s degree.

There is currently one 3-year bachelor programme in Architecture and two 2-year master programmes (Architecture and Master in Critical Studies). The doctoral programmes last 3 years.


  1. Architecture
  2. Conservation and Restoration
  3. Education in the Arts
  4. Fine Arts
  5. Master in Critical Studies
  6. PhD in Practice
  7. Stage Design
  8. Doctoral programmes in the Humanities
  9. Natural Sciences and Architecture


PhD in Practice

A 4-year doctoral programme combining academic and artistic research taught entirely in English. It provides students with the opportunity to realise their individual research projects within a context that encourages intensive collaboration.

Academy of Fine Arts

One focal point of the programme is the intersection of art and knowledge and the specific productivity of artistic methods and strategies in terms of the production and analysis of knowledge.


Numerous research projects hosted at the Academy create a stimulating climate of artistic/intellectual debate. Especially the field of artistic research but also in the fields of art theory/art history, natural sciences (material analysis) and conservation/restoration projects deal with avant-garde questions and methods of research. In discursive events like public lectures, conferences and symposia research findings are discussed and disseminated.

Teaching and Learning

The Academy places great importance on providing students with a setting in which they can be both learners and artistic practitioners from the outset. We offer a range of teaching methods designed to foster an open and reflective learning environment.


Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
1010 Vienna | Schillerplatz 3
T +43 1 588 16−0
F +43 1 588 16−1099

Information about courses and entrance examinations
Registrar’s Office
T +43 1 588 16−1900
F +43 1 588 16−1999

Information about international exchange programmes
International Relations
T +43 1 588 16−2100
F +43 1 588 16−2199

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