University of Art and Design Linz

Studentin beim künstlerischen Arbeiten © Mark Sengstbratl/Mark Sengstbratl Architekturfoto

The University of Art and Design Linz (Kunstuniversität Linz) has its institutional and programmatic roots in the "Kunstschule" (ArtSchool) of the City of Linz, which was foundedin 1947, assigned academy status in 1973 and finally made a fully-fledged university in 1998. Since January 1, 2004 the University has been constituted as a "corporation under public law" according to the new Universities Organisation Act of 2002 and hence enjoys far-reaching autonomy. Nowadays the Kunstuniversität Linz is a future oriented place of study for over 1,200 students. Its diverse and varied range of curricula harmoniously combine free artistic creation, science and applied design. Teaching, research and artistic development are grouped around the three profile clusters of intermediality, spatial strategies and artistic-scientific research.

Faculties and programmes

Architecture | Fine Arts: Sculpture – Transmedial Space; Experimental Art; Painting & Graphic Art/Applied Studies of Culture and Art | Graphic Design and Photography | Visual Communication | Fashion & Technology |Industrial Design | Interface Cultures | Media Culture and Art Theory |Sculptural Conceptions/Ceramics | space&designstrategies | Teacher Training:Art Education; Tech.Tex; Media Design | | Time-based Media |Time-based and Interactive Media | PhD Study | Web science (interdisciplinary master’s programme in cooperation with the Johannes Kepler University


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. 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. 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 clearlystated commitment to artistic and scientific mediation. Compact and differentiated; equally in tune with the surrounding region and international networks; efficient, creative, yet easy-going and informal, this is an atmosphere worthwhile exploring.