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University of Applied Arts Vienna
Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien


FAQ Admission 



Fragen und Antworten zur Aufnahmeprüfung Architektur


For general informations about the admission please see the University homepage.

What is the language of instruction?

German and English

What qualifications do I need to apply?

You need a Matura (highschool diploma), or a comparable qualification.

Do I have to submit any work samples?

Yes, all applicants have to submit a portfolio with samples of their work.

All applicants should include in their portfolios any works in any media that exhibit:

Your skills and motivation in any cultural/design field.

(1) Critical insight and intelligence about design (entwurf) in general.

(2) Facility and expertise in any media including architectural design, graphic design, photography, industrial design, printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, etc...

(3) Abilities for original and creative expression.

The present development of your own cultural work.

Are there standards for the portfolio?

All applications should include in their portfolios any works in any media that demonstrate your skills and motivation in any cultural/design field.

It should preferrably be in one single book or folder in a maximum format of A2. (840x594mm)

You can include all different media, but please understand that in the process of an entry exam not all different medias can be assessed.

Make sure your main effort is in the printed portfolio.

How extensive shall a portfolio be?

That depends on your own decision. Make sure that you communicate a clear picture of your own skills, interests and motivation with your portfolio. Pick your best work - it should not include more than 20 or 25 works.

All works that have been created under supervision or in a team need to have correct credits for schools, teachers or team members. A portfolio should not only consist of teamwork products.

Please include a detailed CV and a photograph with the portfolio.

How many students will be accepted?

We accept all students that meet or exceed our level of qualification. There is no minimum or maximum amount of students.

What kind of test is the entry exam?
It is not a knowledge test of architectural history, but a test of your general skills and motivation in the form of a  workshop that consists of small design/artistic projects.

The entry exam seeks to discover your skills in:

(1) Critical insight and intelligence about design (entwurf) in general.

(2) Facility and expertise in any media including architectural design, graphic design, photography, industrial design, printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, etc...

(3) Abilities for original and creative expression.

You should consider the admission workshop a unique opportunity to get an insight into the way an archtecture school like the angewandte works and learn more about your own potential.

Sample Admission Tasks

If you want to have an idea about the form of the entry exam, you can download three sample tasks here. If you would like like to include the results in your portfolio we are happy to discuss the results in the entry exam. The submission of the results is not mandatory.

If you are not clear what to include in your portfolio, you can submit these works as your portfolio.

What does the entry exam look like?

In general we have a three day workshop in the studio and the city of vienna. In about five tasks you can demonstrate your skills, motivation and qualifications in addition to the portfolio.

Please bring everything you need to draw, sketch and build models. (i.e. scissors, stanley knives, paper, glue, pencils....)

The results of all tasks will be discussed in an open panel.

To finalize our decisions we may interview applicants.

Is there a way to prepare for the entry exam beyond the portfolio?

We expect a basic knowedge of architecture of the 20th and 21st century. If you want to prepare, go to a library and inform yourself about the field of architecture. Discuss your insight with friends as a training for the interviews in the admission workshops.

In general, knowledge of any cultural field is never a disadvantage.

 

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