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University of Arts and Design Linz

Linz, Austria

PhD programme since 2010

visual arts, design, media arts, architecture

Degrees offered

3 years (minimally)

Number of third cycle students

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. 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.

Publications and conferences
Kunstuniversität Linz has its own series of publications: Additionlly, two of the University’s five research centres, DOM (Design-Organization-Media) Research Lab and space&designstrategies_research, host a series of publications. DOM organizes the biannual DOM conferences and regular workshops.

Candidates and supervisors sign a supervision agreement prior to starting the doctoral project. The first supervisor can be a professor at Kunstuniversität Linz or at an associated institution. Second and third supervisors are optional. Candidates are required to obtain 15 ECTS twice a semester; these are normally granted through a privatissimum with the supervisor.

Embedding within the institution
Kunstuniversität Linz hosts five research centres that operate cross-institutionally:
  • DOM Design-Organization-Media
  • Zentrum für Kooperationsprojekte
  • Zentrum für Material- und Umwelttechnologie
  • space&designstrategies_research
  • Zentrum für Weiterbildung

Funding and stipendia
There are no special study fees for students from EU countries; students from non-EU countries pay € 363,36 per semester.
Students may apply for stipendia 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.