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Prerequisites, Registration & Admission


Important current information!

entrance examination (academic year 2022/23) for the Bachelor's degree programme Graphic Design and Photography will be held online!

Successful completion of the entrance examination is a prerequisite for admission to the programme (§ 76 Abs. 4 UG).

Admission to the programme is subject to the following requirements:

  • basic abilities to understand design-related interactions and tasks
  • artistic and creative potential
  • communicative competences
  • broad and varied interest in social/societal developments
  • the ability to identify essential issues from given subject areas, to make them visible through a creative process and also to reflect on them theoretically

Knowledge of the Windows and Mac operating systems is a prerequisite; alternatively, mastery of these systems must be acquired independently during the first semester or by taking various courses at the university. Basic knowledge in the use of a professional image editing programme and vector drawing tool (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, Freehand, ...) is also a prerequisite for participation in the degree programme (but not for the entrance examination) and can be acquired independently via via linkedin via e-learning.

Admission requirements

The aptitude test is carried out on the basis of submitted work samples (portfolio), a practical work to be created on a given topic (as proof of artistic aptitude and proof of authorship of the submitted work samples) and an interview.

Admission procedure

1. Online registration
Online registration for the entrance examination is possible during the application period (see Studies & Admission / Entrance Examination) at ufg.at/zulassungspruefung

2. Online-Submission of the application portfolio
Please upload the digital application portfolio to ufg.at/zulassungspruefung between 1 April and 7 June 2022.

Determination of suitability on the basis of the application portfolioThe examination board decides on the basis of your application portfolio (assessment of the portfolio according to artistic aptitude) whether you may take part in the practical examination (practical work on a given topic).You will be admitted to the practical examination by e-mail.Positive evaluation of the application portfolioIf your application portfolio is evaluated positively by the examination committee, you will receive further information on the admission examination as well as a detailed schedule by e-mail. The practical work on the given topic must be done by you in person.

3. Online performance of the practical examination
With the practical examination on a specified topic, you can prove your artistic aptitude and at the same time your authorship of the submitted work samples. The written examination takes place online.

4. Admission interview
After the online submission of the practical work on a specified topic, an online admission interview with the examination board takes place. The dates for the interview are personalised and will be announced by e-mail. The examination committee assesses this practical work as well as the admission interview in connection with the submitted work samples and evaluates the artistic suitability for the degree programme on this basis.

Contents of application portfolio

A) Work samples
B) Letter of motivation (max. 200 words): Why do you want to study graphic design and photography? What do you expect from this degree programme? And why are you suited for it? Where do you want to be in ten years?
C) Curriculum vitae (max. one DIN A4 page). Please do NOT include a photo with your CV.

Which work samples should you choose?

– There are no fixed guidelines for the work samples.
– Less is more: a maximum of 25 samples.
– The design of the portfolio says a lot about your personality.
– Your work samples should show your creative potential and talent.
– We are looking for designers who enjoy playful and interdisciplinary experimentation in photography, new media and communication design to express their visual ideas.
– Aim for high conceptual and design quality in your work samples.
– Document free designs, conceptual approaches and unusual solutions.
– We expect you to be familiar with PCs and PC applications as work tools. Do you want to show us any digital works (e.g. short movies of maximum 4 min. length/websites, etc.)? If yes, present these on your dedicated Internet platform and provide us with the URL for your works.
– We expect you to be familiar with PCs and PC applications as working tools. Do you want to show us digital work (e.g. short films of max. 4 min. length/websites etc.)? If so, present them on your dedicated internet platform and let us know the URL of your works.

Language skills
- Foreign students whose native language is not German must provide proof of German language skills before the 3rd semester: Level B2.

- A good knowledge of English is required for studying (for comprehending international specialist literature, films and individual English-language courses).

Univ.Prof. Tina Frank

Department Visual Communication
T: +43 (0) 732 7898 2311

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