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Prerequisites, Registration & Admission

Admission to the programme is contingent on general university entrance qualification and artistic/design aptitude required to master the curriculum. Prospective students lacking training in handicrafts at entrance must provide evidence of a minimum six months of hands-on practical handicrafts training by the beginning of the third semester. A high degree of motivation, self-organisation, the unconditional willingness “to put one’s heart into it” and a positive attitude towards lifelong learning perceived as a sign of quality are all necessary prerequisites for this curriculum. Designers are widely regarded as problem seekers and problem solvers. As a result, preference will be given to candidates who in addition to being qualified to study at a university also show a flair for craftsmanship coupled with mastery of and pleasure in the use of new digital media.
A candidate’s principal suitability for the curriculum is ascertained on the basis of a sample work folder and an admission examination.

Registration and Admission Examination
Prospective students must register for the admission examination via Internet registration. Persons interested in this examination are cordially invited to contact the assistant lecturers of the programme in advance for an informal talk (please make an appointment with the secretariat of the Department) or to obtain information about the programme during the annual open-house day of Kunstuniversität Linz.
The admission examination is composed of a theoretical section with general questions and a design task. Another important part is a final personal interview with the candidate. No specialised knowledge above the level of a secondary school-leaving examination is required, while practical know-how such as good PC literacy is of advantage.

Sample Work Folder

  • There are no limitations regarding the content of the portfolio, e.g. freehand drawings, (model) photographs, computer renderings, animations. What counts most is the personal aspect of these work samples.
  • The work samples should also be characterised by theoretically sound (work) processes and some variety.
  • The work samples should not only be prepared specifically for the admission examination but offer insight into different creative phases as well.
  • The portfolio should be structured clearly, simply and should moreover be easy to handle (DIN A3 as maximum format, if possible) to allow for an unrestricted focus on its contents.