Master's programme

The programme consists of a workload of 120 ECTS credits and lasts four semesters. Upon successful completion of the programme, the student is awarded the academic degree: Master of Arts (MA). The programme is taught in English, however, courses under "Introductory Practical Courses”, "Artistic and Art-Technological Principles”, and “Humanities and Cultural Studies", vary in their availability in English.

The master's is not defined by a strict predetermined curriculum, but is open and project-oriented. In the first two semesters the foundations are laid for a project, which will evolve into the master thesis by the end of the fourth semester. The focus of the programme, and the balance/relationship between art and science, are determined by the students. This is done through their choice of projects, the introductory practical courses, the selection of artistic, humanistic, and cultural studies subjects and, in particular, the topic of their master thesis.


To intensify the connection with different cooperation partners and to establish a dialogue with their research topics, project work is, in part, orchestrated as ‘Roundtable discussions’ that combine the courses of Virgil Widrich (artistic director Art & Science) and Bernd Kräftner (Department for Ontological Patchworks).


Collaboration partners

2017 – 18:

Previous years:

  • Tom Battin (UniWien/Department of Limnology/ Biofilm and stream ecosystems)
  • Robert Bücker (Atominstitut/ Vienna University of Technology)
  • Călin Guet (IST Austria/Guet Group "Systems and Synthetic Biology of Genetic Networks")
  • Herbert Edelsbrunner (IST Austria/ "Computational Geometry and Topology")
  • Chris Walzer (VetMedUni/Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology)

Guest lectures | Workshops | Excursions

The Art & Science master's programme attaches particular importance to inviting guests from different research disciplines to develop a heterogeneous field for theoretical and practical positions. In the past, students have focused on field research exercises that started with excursions to the science institutions, introductions to our cooperation partners, making contact with their everyday life, collecting impressions, and forming topics of interest.