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Admission and Application

Requirements, registration & admission

Important current information!
The entrance exam (academic year 2023/24) for the Master's degree in Visual Communication will be held in attendance! The interviews will take place at the University of Art and Design Linz, Department of Visual Communication, Hauptplatz 8, 4th floor, H8.04.26 (Lecture Theatre)!

The requirement for admittance into the master programme Visual Communication is the successful completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication - e.g. in visual communication, graphic design, photography, communication design, media design, information design, or time-based and interactive media. Sometimes we accept students from other fields, if their portfolio shows sufficient knowledge and skills in the fields of Graphic Design and Photography.

Admission Standards
Applicants are to demonstrate their suitability for a Master’s Degree in an interview with the selection committee. They are to present their own work relating to the programme, mediate the motivation behind their application and outline the goals they hope to achieve within the Master’s Degree.

The process of the continually advancing digitization of our society is generating new affiliations for the design of words and images. Accordingly, the department engages with visual com­munication using innovative methods and approaches to encourage personally motivated artistic research between experimental form and conceptual content. Students develop projects using analogue and digital media and taking into account transmedial narrative forms in graphic design and photography while focusing on social topics. They are thus also a form of commentary on the various conditions of our society.

The department explores the interfaces between content and form, text and image as well as theory and praxis. Students engage with issues that promote conceptual thinking, enabling them to develop design processes for their individual practise­oriented projects. An understanding of media and formats, and a feeling for the differences of materiality in each media format are the bases for training in visual communication; the scope of the projects ranges from personally motivated artistic research to applied design praxis.

Admission Procedure

1. Online registration
April 1st to June 17th 2022 under: www.ufg.at/Zulassungspruefung 

2. Online submission of the portfolio
Please upload your portfolio to the application portal by June 17, 2022 at the latest.

Admission interview
WHERE do the admission interviews take place?At the Linz University of Art, Department of Visual Communication, Hauptplatz 8, 4th floor, H8.04.26 (Lecture Theatre).

WHEN do they take place?We will contact you in a timely manner via email and inform you about the exact date (day/time) of your interview, which will take place on July 4 or 5, 2022 at the University of Art Linz.

How does the application interview proceed?
In the interview with the examination board, you will present your own work related to the study profile, tell about your personal motivation for applying, what goals you set yourself for the study program, and thus demonstrate your artistic aptitude for the master's program.

A few days before the admission interview, we will inform you by e-mail about the precise time of your personal interview with the Admission Board. Bring your portfolio along for the talk. We kindly ask you to send us a motivation letter beforehand.

Information for applicants from abroad:
If you need to come to Linz from abroad for the admission talk, we propose having a look at your portfolio in advance so as to offer a first assessment of whether you might be suitable for the Master programme. For this purpose, please send your portfolio in digital format (pdf, link) to viskom.info@kunstuni-linz.at.

IMPORTANT: Please take your submitted portfolio with you to the personal interview!

The result of your interview will appear a few days later in the application management: ufg.at/zulassungspruefung

Dates for the ADMISSION EXAMINATION academic year 2022/23

Summer Deadline
Online application: April 1 to June 17, 2022
Application Portfolio / Portfolio: Upload by June 17, 2022
Exam Dates: July 4-5, 2022

Further information The courses are mostly held in German. It is therefore necessary that you can follow the courses in German. Proof of knowledge of the German language must be provided by the beginning of the third semester. (Level B2/ with a minimum of 75 points) The course is not designed to be part-time but as a full-time course.

Information about tuition fees for international students: studien.office@kunstuni-linz.at

Information about documents for international students:
international.office@kunstuni-linz.at

Head

Univ.Prof. Tina Frank

Contact

Department Visual Communication
viskom.info@kunstuni-linz.at
T: +43 (0) 732 7898 2375

University of Art and Design Linz
Department of Visual Communication
Hauptplatz 8
4020 Linz | Austria