THE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS VIENNA
The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna has been a leading European training center for artists for more than 300 years. Today, we offer some 1,400 students a variety of courses ranging from painting and sculpture to photography and video, performance and conceptual art, also including architecture, scenography and conservation/restoration.
By offering seminars and carrying out a great variety of projects, the Institutes of Art Theory and Cultural Studies and of Natural Sciences and Technology in the Arts ensure a high theoretical standard in all the departments. This is closely linked to the training of art teachers, which we consider central in conveying and communicating art to others. The course structure, based on diploma studies and/or bachelor/master programs, is augmented through various doctoral studies, including an internationally renowned PhD-in-Practice program, as well as through the master program Critical Studies. This wide range of courses offered by the Academy enables students to pursue their own individual goals, and to obtain a variety of qualifications.
In 2010 the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna has launched a doctoral program for research in artistic practice which has since then become one of the leading doctoral programmes in artistic research across Europe. The “PhD-in-Practice” program provides its international participants with the opportunity to pursue their individual research projects in a collective learning environment with a decidedly transdisciplinary and international bent. The programme is coordinated by Renate Lorenz (Professor for Art and Research) and Anette Baldauf (Professor for Methodology and Epistemology).
During a period of four years the participants develop and implement their projects analytically and experimentally in coordination with the academic and artistic team of co-participants and faculty. Alumni of the programme include Michael Baers (USA/GER), Ingrid Cogne (S/F/AUT), Elske Rosenfeld (GER), Guilia Cilla (IT), and Ana Hoffner (AUT).
ZURICH UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS (ZHdK)
Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) is a vibrant centre for outstanding teaching, research, and production in the arts and design. While firmly anchored in Greater Zurich, its influence extends well beyond Switzerland to the wider international stage. ZHdK offers a broad range of degree programmes and further education courses in art education, design, film, art & media, dance, theatre, and music. Closely interrelating teaching and research, it provides an ideal setting for transdisciplinary projects.
Committed to bridging higher education, professional practice, and the interests of the wider public, ZHdK showcases the work and achievements of its staff and students in its numerous exhibition spaces, theatres, and various dance and concert halls. Its Theatre of the Arts presents cutting-edge student productions, its concert halls features concerts almost every day, and the Mehrspur Music Club offers a wide variety of pop and jazz concerts. Its affiliated Museum of Design presents widely acclaimed art and design exhibitions. Hosting over 600 events each year, ZHdK makes a significant contribution to cultural life in the city and region of Zurich.