IoA Institute of Architecture

University of Applied Arts Vienna

FAQ

What is the language of instruction?
English

What qualifications do I need to apply?
Each admission at the University depends on the artistic talent of the candidate as evidenced by the production of own work samples. The admission is decided by a jury. Requirement for approval is a bachelor (BA) in architecture.

Do I have to submit any work samples?
Yes, all applicants have to submit a portfolio with samples of their work. Preferably a digital portfolio (max. 10mb)

What should be included in the portfolio?
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) or digitally in max. 10mb.

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. It should not be less than 20 works but also not exceed 50 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 is the interview about?
It is not a knowledge test of architectural history, but a talk about your general skills and motivation to study architecture at the IoA at the Angewandte.

Is there a way to prepare for the entry beyond the portfolio?
We expect a basic knowledge 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 general, knowledge of any cultural field is never a disadvantage.

Are there any study fees?
For exact fees, please go to: Study Information

Can I apply in two studios at the same time?
No, you can ONLY apply in one studio!

I will finish my Bachelor Degree in Summer. Can I already apply in February?
Yes, you need to have your Bachelor degree when you start to study at the Angewandte. If you are in your last year of studies and finish the same year, you can already apply in February as long as you have your degree in October.

Visa problems?
If you live outside the European Union, please check the visa requirements in order to make sure you can start your studies in time. Since there are 2 applicaton dates, we recommend to apply at the earlier date (February) in order to solve any visa issues until the start of the study year which is October.