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). All compulsory courses (110 ECTS) are taught in English, however elective courses (10 ECTS) vary in their language.

The master's is open and project-oriented, with a great freedom to adapt to individual interests within annual topics. In the first two semesters the foundations are laid for a project, which will evolve into the master thesis and work 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, their reflections on transdisciplinarity, the selection of practical, 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 Martin Reinhart (senior lecturer Art & Science).

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.

Annual collaboration partners:
2020 – 21:
  • MedAustron (MedAustron/Center for ion therapy and research)

2019 – 20:
Previous years:
  • Andrea Maier (MedUni/Diagnostic Radiology)
  • Molotok (Swiss-Transcarpathian Network)
  • Bogdan Popov (Ecologist & blacksmith, The Eco Solution Forge)
  • Rupert Seidl (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna/Institute of Silviculture WALDBAU)
  • 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)