University of Art and Design Linz: freelance art and applied design

University of Art and Design Linz (common short form University of Arts Linz) is one of four universities in Linz, Upper Austria.

The University of Art and Design Linz (Kunstuniversität Linz) has its institutional and programmatic roots in the «Kunstschule» (Art School) of the City of Linz, which was founded in 1947, assigned academy status in 1973 and finally made a fully-fledged university in 1998.

University of Art and Design Linz

The University of Art and Design Linz institution was conceived as an explicit statement to signify dissociation from the previous art policy of the National Socialist era.

This is in particular exemplified by its emphasis on the fundamental values of freedom of art and research, its commitment to modernism and contemporary art and the positioning of the University at the interface of free artistic and applied economically-oriented design.

In the past as in the present these values form the basis of the fundamental essence and identity of the Kunstuniversität Linz. Since 1 January 2004 the University is constituted as a «corporation under public law» according to the new Universities Organisation Act of 2002 and hence enjoys far-reaching autonomy.

About the University of Art and Design Linz

The University of Arts and industrial design Linz (Linz of University of Arts) is rooted institutional and programmatic in 1947 founded art school of the city of Linz, whichwas raised in 1973 to the University and in 1998 to the University.

Expression of conscious cultural distinction to previous NAZI era was founded. Of witness in particular the emphasis on the fundamental values of freedom of art and research, commitment to artistic modernity and the contemporary artistic creation, and the positioning of the new institution in the field of tension of free artistic and applied, economy-oriented design.

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These values form the basis for the fundamental understanding of the Art University Linz as before. Since 1 January 2004, the University is a legal person of governed by public law under the new University Act 2002 and thus largely independently.

Teaching, research and artistic development are grouped around three profile columns, which are intended to provide an increasingly denser growing, overall University Network:


Around the development of digital media as a means of artistic/design the old media have painted recently again in the game.

The profile column Intermediality takes into account the historic breakthrough of digital, especially interactive innovation potentials as well as their connection with the entire repertoire of mediacommunication and design forms, where theoretical reflection is an integral part of all training areas.

Intra-University is «horizontal teaching media literacy for all fields of study the objective, vertical securing or achieving international excellence in special, now very successful courses».

Spatial strategies

On the basis of the excellent professional training in individual fields of study such as architecture including urban development, industrial design/Scionic or room & design strategien great emphasis is placed on providing additional cross-cutting skills.

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Old disciplines are long since obsolete, the future professional fields for our graduates will require larger overview and flexibility. Incentives for joint projects and courses toreinforce the momentum in this direction.

Artistic scientific research

At the Art University Linz, artistic practice and scientific research under one roof are combined. Therefore, the conditions are particularly good to research questions methodology, knowledge transfer, and mediation in the field of science and art here.

The new PhD programme and the programme for newly launched PEEK of the Science Fund will contribute valuable impulses for this.

Quick Facts

  • established in | 1947
  • number of teachers (permanently employed) | 105
  • number of students | 1,200
  • percentage of foreign students | 21%


  1. Architecture
  2. Fine Arts | Graphic Design and Photography
  3. Industrial Design | Interface Cultures | Ludic Interfaces
  4. Media Culture and Art Theory
  5. Sculptural Conceptions/Ceramics
  6. space&design strategies
  7. Teacher Training: Art Education, Design & Technology
  8. Textile Art, Media Design
  10. Time-based Media | Time-based and Interactive Media
  11. Visual Communication (Graphic Design & Photography)
  12. Web science (interdisciplinary master´s programme in cooperation with Johannes Kepler Universität Linz)
  13. PhD Programme


With its curricula and thematic profile, the University of Art and Design Linz occupies a somewhat special position at least in the German-speaking region but also beyond.

University of Art and Design Linz

The reason lies in the fact that its curricula and profile are largely situated at the interfaces between freelance art and applied design as well as between artistic creation and scientific research.

This fundamental concept revolves around three central pillars: intermediality, spatial strategies and artistic-scientific research.

Moreover, the above-mentioned special position is justified by other unique aspects, such as a strong focus on contemporary and future artistic/design disciplines, close relations with cultural and art institutions as well as with economic and industrial circles, the nexus between artistic and applied creativity underpinned by numerous projects or a clearly stated commitment to artistic and scientific mediation.

Compact and differentiated; equally in tune with the surrounding region and international networks; efficient, creative, yet easygoing and informal, this is an atmosphere worthwhile exploring.


University of Art and Design Linz
4010 Linz | Hauptplatz 8
T: +43 732 7898
F: +43 732 783 508

Information about courses and entrance examinations
Study Administration and Examinations Department
T: +43 732 7898−206
E: studien.

Information about international exchange programmes
International Office
T: +43 732/7898 269
E: international.


Kunstuniversität (University of Arts and Industrial Design) Linz hosts a PhD and research MA programme Interface Cultures in cooperation with Zurich University of Arts and Ars Electronica since 2004.

PhD studies within this programme are closed for further admissions.
In 2010, Kunstuniversität Linz started an independent PhD programme. The university has full right of promotion.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold a relevant MA or Diplom (University, Fachhochschule, or foreign equivalent) and submit a research proposal as well as a declaration from the prospective supervisor.

Programme Requirements

Candidates should include in their study programme a component for theory and general research methodology, discipline-specific work, individual research, and the dissertation.

These components can be fulfilled through teaching and seminars as well as through conference presentations and exhibitions, publications, workshops, essays and artistic work.

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Participation in PhD colloquia and symposia of the Kunstuniversität Linz is mandatory. The dissertation can also take the form of one or several artistic projects related to the research questions. In all cases this work should be documented in an argued and reproducible manner.

Funding and Scholarship

There are no special study fees for students from EU countries; students from non-EU countries pay € 363,36 per semester.

Students of the University of Art and Design Linz may apply for Scholarship of the Austrian State (when eligible) and the University introduced 8 fellowships in very specific research areas.

At the moment the amount of the fellowship is Euro 850, — per month. Fellowships are granted for 12 months and after successful evaluation can be extended to up to 36 months in total.

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