Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

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The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna is a public university with 1400 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 (educationin the arts), architecture, stage design, conservation and restoration, art history and theory and the natural and technical sciences in the 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.

Faculties and programmes

Architecture | Conservation and Restoration |Education in the Arts | Fine Arts |Master in Critical Studies | PhD in Practice | Stage Design |Doctoral programmes in the Humanities, 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. 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.

Research. 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 importanceon 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.