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Admission and Application

Requirements, registration & admission

Important current information!
The admission test is held online.

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 11th, 2023 under: Zulassungspruefung 

2. Online submission of the portfolio
Please upload your portfolio to the application portal by June 11th, 2023 at the latest.

Resume: Please make sure that your CV does NOT include a photo of yourself
Letter of motivation: Please explain why you would like to study the Master's degree programme in Visual Communication and which thematic and artistic focal points you intend to explore with in the study programme. Describe which projects or topics you would like to deal with as an author of designed / artistic works.
If you have already thought about a subject area or a potential project in which you would like to carry out your Master's thesis, please also tell us about it. The length of the motivation letter should not exceed 3x A4 pages
Two letters of recommendation: Please upload 2 letters of recommendation. These could be from teachers in your Bachelor's programme or from design studios/photographers you have worked with during an internship.
Portfolio: Please upload your portfolio as a PDF (incl. Bachelor thesis, if already finished)

3. Online Admission Interview
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 3rd and 4 th, 2023 online.

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.

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: calls.kunstuni-linz.at

Dates for the ADMISSION EXAMINATION academic year 2023/24

Online application: April 1sth to June 11th, 2023
Application Portfolio / Portfolio: Upload by June 11th, 2023
Exam Dates: July 3rd to 4th 2023, starting 9.30 a.m.

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  B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference)

The study programme is not designed to be part-time but a full-time programme.

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

Information about documents for international students:


Univ.Prof. Tina Frank
01.10.2023-31.03.2024 on Sabbatical

Deputy Head

Univ.-Prof. Anna Artaker

representing BA Graphic-Design und Photography
Univ.-Prof. Anna Artaker

Representing MA Visual Communication
Assoz.Prof. DI(Fh) Marianne Lechner, PhD


Department Visual Communication
T: +43 (0) 732 7898 2375

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