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Prerequisites, Registration & Admission

Important current information!

In connection with the measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and the measures currently being taken by the Austrian Federal Government, the University of Art and Design Linz is closed until April 13th


The successful passing of the entrance examination is a prerequisite for admission to the programme (Art. 76 para. 4 of the Universities Organisation Act).

Enrolment in the programme is contingent on the following prerequisites:

  • basic skills in understanding design-related interactions and tasks
  • artistic and creative potential
  • communicative competencies
  • wide and varied interest in social/societal developments
  • the ability to identify essential questions from given subject areas, render them visible through a creative process and also reflect them theoretically

Proficiency in working with the Windows and Mac operating systems is a prerequisite; alternatively, command of these systems must be acquired in the course of the first semester either independently or by enrolling in various classes held at the University. Basic work experience with a professional image editing application and vector drawing tool (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, Freehand, ...) is likewise essential for participation in the programme (but not for the entrance examination) and can be independently acquired via e-learning platform DMA.

Admission requirements

The aptitude of each candidate is assessed on the basis of work samples submitted (portfolio), a practical work to be created for a set topic (to demonstrate both artistic aptitude and prove the candidate’s authorship of the work samples submitted) and an application interview.

Admission procedure

1. Online registration

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

2. Online-Submission of the application portfolio
Please upload the digital application portfolio between April 1 and June 8, 2020 at ufg.at/zulassungspruefung

Important: The application portfolio must be taken along to the admission interview!

3. Assessment of aptitude on the basis of the application portfolio

The Examination Committee will decide on the basis of your application portfolio whether you may take part in the practical examination (a practical work on a set topic).
Admission to the practical examination will be communicated via e-mail.

4. Positive assessment of the application portfolio

In case of positive assessment of your application portfolio by the  Examination Committee, you will be given the set topics for the practical examination. A detailed schedule will be likewise communicated to you via e-mail.
The practical work on the set topic must be delivered by you personally.

Practical examination
The practical examination focuses on a set topic to allow you to demonstrate your artistic aptitude and also prove your authorship of the work samples submitted.

To be able to cope with the examination tasks set, you need to bring along suitable work materials:

- For photography: Digital camera or mobile phone (smartphone or iPhone), smart photo printer incl. print material (if available), memory card, USB stick. 
- For graphic design: drawing and painting materials (take with you as much paint, pens, paper, cutting tools, rulers, gluing utensils etc. as you may want to use), laptop (if available), USB stick. 
- Take some money with you to make copies of drawings, collages and compilations of copies with writing, or even scans, prints, etc. in a local copy shop.  Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator

5. Admission interview

Submission of the practical work on a set topic will be followed by an admission interview with the Examination Committee. The dates for the interview are personalised and will be published on the message board of the Department of Graphic Design and Photography. The Examination Committee reviews this practical work as well as the admission interview in connection with the work samples submitted and assesses the candidate’s artistic aptitude for the programme on this basis.

Contents of application portfolio

A) Work samples
B) Letter of motivation (max. 200 words): What do you expect from the curriculum? Why are you the right person for this curriculum? Development-wise, where do you want to be ten years from now?
C) Curriculum vitae (max. one DIN A4 page). Please DO NOT enclose a photograph with your CV.

What work samples should you select?

– There are no fixed guidelines for the work samples.
– Less is more: maximum 25 samples.
– The design of the portfolio says a lot about your personality.
– Your work samples should showcase your creative potential and talent.
– We are looking for designers who are interested in playful and interdisciplinary experimentation in the fields of photography, new media and communication design to express their visual ideas.
– Aim for high conceptual and design quality of 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 cannot accept three-dimensional objects or three-dimensional work samples. We do, however, accept photographs or other forms of documenting such objects.

Language skills
- Non-German native speakers must submit proof of their proficiency in the German language at the beginning of the 3rd semester at the latest.

- A good command of English is useful for keeping up with international technical literature, films and English-language classes.

Univ.Prof. Tina Frank

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

University of Art and Design Linz
Department of Visual Communication
Reindlstraße 16-18
4040 Linz - Urfahr | Austria