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PhD Program | Program and Application

With the transformation of art colleges into universities of the arts in 1998, art universities received the right to award doctorates. This expanded the traditionally scientific spectrum of dissertations to include topics and practices of artistic-scientific research (also called "Arts-Based Research" or "Artistic Research"). Since then, doctoral studies at art universities have received an enormous influx of students: At theUniversity of Art and Design Linz alone there are now already more than 100 regular PhD candidates.

At the University of Art and Design Linz, there is a curriculum for the PhD-program for all departments. These include diverse fields from Cultural Studies, Art History, to Design, Interface Cultures, Industrial Design and Robotics. The spectrum within the PhD-program ranges from scientific to artistic-scientific work; purely artistic projects are not possible. The fact that we have one PhD program for all disciplines allows for a high degree of volatility between the different fields of study and focus as well as between scientific, artistic and artistic-scientific approaches.

With its PhD program, the University of Art and Design Linz creates a common framework for outstanding research projects from, between, and across all artistic, design, scientific, and technology-oriented departments and disciplines represented at the University.

The PhD program serves to support and further develop independent artistic and/or scientific work. It creates a common space for experimentation and possibility, in which different forms of knowledge and practices, critical confrontations, innovation as well as original ways of looking at things meet and are brought into exchange. As a matter of principle, research at the University of Art and Design Linz is defined as open-ended; paths of knowledge can change during the development process, ephemeral moments, unusual paths and diverse practices of testing and discarding can be part of the PhD work. The concrete research project must contribute to knowledge within the fields of reference central to the project through new, independent findings and/or approaches, and must also be communicable and critiqueable at a later point in time. The development of a form (methodology, material, media as well as the format of the manifestation of the results) corresponding to the project out of the research process is just as important as that of an own language or adequate media in order to document, contextualize and reflect the projects in a transparent and comprehensible way.

Application to the PhD-Program

Deadlines for applying to the PhD program can be found in the menu item News. To apply, please submit the following documents by the applicable deadlines:

  • Certificates of your degrees and – in the case of non-Austrian degrees – Diploma Supplement
  • Exposé of the PhD project
  • Application for admission including a supervision consent by at least one supervisor (application can be downloaded at Links and Downloads)

in digital form to veronika.schwediauer@ufg.at. You will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application.

1. Information

Please inform yourself in detail about the PhD program on our homepage.
In order to clarify questions regarding the application process as well as the PhD program, study counseling dates are offered on a regular basis. Attendance is mandatory. Current dates can be found at News.

2. Exposé

PhD candidates must provide potential supervisors with a comprehensible description of their PhD project and the planned process as well as supplementary documents relevant to the project, such as portfolios or selected literature or artistic references.

3. Determination of PhD-Supervisors

You can contact a supervisor who is suitable for your project and request supervision. A list of possible PhD-supervisors at the University of Art and Design Linz can be downloaded at Links and Downloads.
If there is interest in a collaboration and the exposé is rated as good, a supervision consent can be given. This is done by signing the “Application for Admission”. For an application to the PhD-program, the signature of a first supervisor of the University of Art and Design Linz is required. The supervisor can also suggest further elaboration and improvement of the exposé.

The University of Art and Design Linz encourages and supports the supervision by a team, i.e. by two supervisors, as it offers many advantages. The first supervisor should be one of the PhD-supervisors at the University of Art and Design Linz. Second supervisors, however, can also be from other universities, but must have a doctoral/PhD supervision authorization and should be determined at the latest when the supervision agreement is concluded.      

4. Examination of Entry Requirements through Former Studies

Eligibility for enrollment in the PhD program is based on the completion of a subject-related diploma or master's degree program, diploma or master's degree program at a university of applied sciences or other equivalent program at a recognized domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution. The certificates of your degrees and the Diploma Supplement are required to verify that you are eligible for enrollment in the PhD program by virtue of your degrees.

5. Review of the Exposés by the Research Board

The Research Board reviews and approves the exposés in the course of the PhD application process. The meetings of the Research Board take place in mid-March for the summer semester and in mid-October for the winter semester. You will be informed of the results of the review as soon as possible, probably at the end of March / beginning of April and the end of October / beginning of November, respectively.

6. Enrollment

If your exposé is approved by the Research Board, you can complete your enrollment until the end of extended admission period (end of April in the summer semester, end of November in the winter semester) at the Studies’ Office. Please be sure to observe the applicable deadlines! More information: https://www.ufg.at/Studium-und-Zulassung


For all questions regarding the content of the PhD-program: Art.Research | PhD, Dr. Veronika Schwediauer, Hauptplatz 6, 4020 Linz, veronika.schwediauer@ufg.at, M: +43 676 84 7898 2202, Office Days: Mondays, Tuesdays; www.ufg.at/phd

For enrollment: Studies' Office, Hauptplatz 6, 4020 Linz, studien.office@ufg.at

Katrin Petroschkat, PhD
M: +43 (0)676 84 7898 2202
Bürotage: Montag, Dienstag

Hauptplatz 6
4020 Linz | Austria

Dr. Veronika Schwediauer