The University of Applied Arts Vienna, which was founded in 1867, has over 2000 students, many of whom come from abroad. Throughout its history the "Angewandte" has made a major contribution to the development of the artistic and intellectual identity of both Vienna and Austria. Moreover, today the "Angewandte" is one the world's most im­portant universities of art with a broad range of content in the fields of Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, Media Arts, Restoration, and Art Theory. In the last years the "Angewandte" has increasingly assumed a pioneering role in many new areas of development such as transmedial and trans­disciplinary art, art & science, social design, and artistic research. For more information visit

The University of Applied Arts Vienna is home to more than 2.000 students, many of whom come from other countries, both within Europe and abroad. The broad spectrum of artistic disciplines, complemented by a large number of scientific subjects, certainly enriches the special atmo­sphere that prevails at the >Angewandte<.

The concept of the university as a place for critical reflection upon one's personal thought and action, a place where questions are more important than patent solutions - this idea flourishes at the Angewandte. Studies are not limited to the mere conveyance of artistic techniques and skills. Rather, the development of individual artistic creativity and critical reflection upon one's work on the basis of theories and concepts are our foremost priorities.

Students learn and experience art not just as an end in itself, but fundamentally as a departure point and medium for communication, where the analysis of the significance and effects art has in society play an important role. Encouraging the development of creative visions and facilitating artistic experiments, in tandem with a commitment to technical excellence and conceptual brilliance, are the basic elements of the quality standard the Angewandte sets for both teachers and students alike.

The Angewandte sees itself as a place for free artistic and academic expression, as a forum for open debate, and as a laboratory for artistic visions, which unfold their potentials in the society of the future. Our goal to remain one of the best art schools in the world is inextricably linked to the consistent effort invested into continually in­creas­ing our quality standards, the ongoing renewal of creative potential, and our uncompromising ad­vo­cacy of artistic and academic freedom.


Ruth Mateus-Berr [email]
Institut für Kunstwissenschaften, Kunstpädagogik und Kunstvermittlung
Abteilung DAE Design, Architektur Environment
Oskar Kokoschkaplatz 2
1010 Wien
Tel: +43-1-71133-2731