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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: The number of regular doctoral studies taken at Austrian art universities increased fivefold between 2000 and 2016. This has been accompanied by a boom in artistic and scientific research. This trend is also valid for the University of Art and Design Linz: In the period between 2000 and 2016, the number of regular doctoral studies taken increased six-fold from 13 to 80.

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.

Accordingly, the topics of the PhD-projects cover a wide range: city trip photos as photographic constructions of tourist imagination, the amateur film and the microfilm as its archive, crowdsourcing in art or the design of musical instruments for gray parrots are some examples. Under the menu item PhD-candidates and graduates you can view topics and short descriptions of ongoing as well as completed PhD-projects.

The PhD program has a minimum duration of six semesters. The focus is on working on one's own PhD-project. PhD-candidates are not considered students, but have the status of early-stage researchers. The PhD-program is designed to enable graduates to carry out independent artistic-scientific research that contributes to the further development of the research field as a whole by providing new insights or a new perspective.

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

An exposé is a research concept that meets common academic standards. It contains the following elements: Abstract, research questions and objectives, research status and context relevant to the PhD-project, methods, artistic/scholarly potential, time and work plan, selected literature, selection of artistic works if applicable.

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