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Admission / Procedure

By submitting an exposé of their research projects, interested students may apply to persons duly authorised by the University (venia docendi) for dissertation supervision (where applicable, an authorised second supervisor may be additionally chosen from outside Kunstuniversität Linz). Students may enrol as soon as confirmation of supervision has been formally obtained. On the basis of the exposé submitted, each project is developed and planned in its entirety in the course of the first semester together with the main supervisor.
Instead of a curriculum to follow over the next five semesters, comprehensive, individual supervision and assistance are agreed between student and supervisor. Compliance with this catalogue of activities as well as the mode of its implementation are documented at the end of each semester by means of progress reports. PhD candidates are assigned the status of a junior researcher (“early-stage researcher”). Regular participation in scientific talks, presentations at congresses and conferences, the realisation of artistic work but also practical teaching tasks are thus all elements to be complied with by the student.
After the successful defence of their dissertation, graduates are awarded the academic degree “Doctor of Philosophy” (PhD).

Student Counselling

Interested parties can acquire advance information about the PhD programme at Kunstuniversität Linz on specially set-up “information days” (counselling appointments).
These are held on a regular basis multiple times per year and provide information concerning the following topics:

  • admission prerequisites
  • overall structure of the PhD programme
  • individual / thematic counselling

Admission Prerequisites

Attestation of general university entrance qualification for admission to doctorate programmes is considered provided by submitting proof of the successful completion of a thematically relevant master or diploma course, of a thematically relevant diploma or master degree of a university of applied sciences or of another, equivalent programme completed at a duly accredited Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational institution.
The thematic relevance of a previously completed programme as well as any potentially required supplementary tests are determined by the Vice-Rector for Teaching (acc. to Art. 76 of the Austrian Universities Act).
In addition, persons aiming to enrol for a PhD programme are required to submit to the University both an exposé of their respective research project and a confirmation of supervision issued by a duly authorised person.


The minimum duration of the PhD programme at Kunstuniversität Linz is 6 semesters.
As a rule, doctorate students work mainly on their respective project and are assisted in this task by their supervisor. Persons aiming to enrol for a PhD programme are required to submit to Kunstuniversität Linz both an exposé of their research project and confirmation of supervision issued by a duly authorised person.
On the basis of their authorisation to teach (venia docendi), university professors according to Art. 94 para. 2 lit. 1 of the Austrian Universities Act (German acronym “UG”), professors emeriti/emeritae according to Art. 94 para. 1 lit. 7 of UG, retired university professors according to Art. 94 para. 1 lit. 8 of UG, university lecturers listed in Art. 94 para. 2 lit. 2 of UG as well as associate lecturers (“PrivatdozentInnen”) habilitated at University of Art and Design Linz (according to Art. 102 of UG) are authorised to act as supervisors to doctorate students.
If a co-operation agreement regarding PhD student supervision was concluded with another institution, duly authorised persons of this institution are equally entitled to act as supervisors.

List of supervisors

General Procedure To Follow

  • Portrayal of research project in exposé form

                   Confirmation of supervision

  • Further joint elaboration of supervision agreement during 1st semester
  • Submission of research progress report (once per semester)
  • Colloquium participation (once per semester)
  • Submission of dissertation, defence


he planned research project must be represented as an exposé. On the one hand, it serves as the basis of the professor’s confirmation of supervision; on the other hand, it must be submitted as an essential prerequisite for admission to the doctorate programme.
The exposé must provide essential information regarding the following key aspects:

  • abstract
  • research context relevant to the PhD project
  • project scope and aims
  • research methods
  • topicality concerning artistic / scientific innovation potentials
  • list of literature / relevant artworks of relevance for the proposed project

Supervision Agreement

The concrete research design of the dissertation is individually determined in the supervision agreement, which is drawn up jointly with the supervisor in the course of the first semester. The agreement defines which areas of the programme must be completed within the scope of the research project until the defence of the dissertation.
This may comprise relevant lectures at university facilities, active participation in or organisation of conferences or exhibitions, artistic productions, publications, contributions to specialised media, the student’s own teaching activities, etc.
These activities of research, study or teaching must be transparently and clearly documented and argued. The supervision agreement may be viewed as a “research contract” that should also contain defined objectives regarding the suitable form the project should take – i.e. the ways in which it should be documented, contextualised and critically reflected upon.
Moreover, the agreement must include the exposé, a timetable, information about the frequency of feedback meetings with the supervisor as well as a declaration of commitment by the student to abide by the principles of good scientific practice.

Research Progress Reports

The student’s academic progress is subjected to ongoing evaluation by her/his supervisor.
At the end of each semester (with the exceptions of the first and the last semester), every PhD student is required to compile a research progress report. This freely formulated report should detail the project progress as well as the agreed-upon study activities in the context of the supervision agreement. The progress report must be signed and endorsed by the supervisor and forwarded to the PhD committee with comments, if appropriate.


PhD colloquia are normally held once per semester as a one-day event.
They provide a framework for content-related interaction between PhD students as well as between PhD students and supervisors.
In addition, they provide networking opportunities for the students.
PhD colloquia vary standard presentation formats used in scientific and artistic research contexts and they offer interesting stimuli for the students’ individual practice.