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Entrance examination Bachelor in Architecture for study year 2020|2021

Due to CORVID-19, this year the entire admission procedure at the Institute of Art and Architecture will exceptionally be handled with digital portfolios and the talks will be held using video conferencing tools. Important: all appointment schedules will be maintained!

Online Registration: 18.05. – 05.06.2020

In order to registrate the applicant is asked to fill in the online application form; A registration confirmation with link to upload the documents will be sent by email.

Application materials:

  • letter of intent
  • copy of your Matura certificate
    (high school graduation certificate)
  • Proof of  German language proficiency – Level B2 (copy)
  • Proof of  English language proficiency – Level B2 (copy)
  • portfolio with your work

The application procedure for the BArch programme at the Institute for Art and Architecture consists

  • of submitting a portfolio
  • of working on a set of given exercises
  • and a personal interview.

Taking into account these three parts of the admission procedure, the applicants will be selected.


Handout of exercises; Applicants will receive an eMail with the entrance exercises.

Until 18.06.2020

The applicants submit work produced during the assignments, their digital portfolio, and other digital application materials (letter of intent, copy of high school graduation certificate and copy of language certificates German and English Level B2). The upload is to be done via the registration platform. Work arriving with delay cannot be considered.


The entrance jury reviews the applicants work and selects a shortlist to be invited for a personal interview. Official announcement of the shortlist earliest at 6pm.

Interview: personal interview with the entrance jury and discussion on submitted work with video conference on following days:

06.07.2020 , starting 9am

07.07.2020 , starting 9am

The portfolio is a collection of work samples demonstrating effectively the applicant’s interest in architecture, space, material, textures, use/appropriations, form, light.... This can be shown by using different kind of media: e.g. drawings, sketches, plans, photos, critical writings, scripts, animation, or sound. Digital media should be additionally described on paper through image and text.

The portfolio should be summarized in a PDF document. If this is not possible for technical reasons, individual documents and other formats are also permitted.

All files must be marked with the name of the applicant and with the online registration number.

To give you the opportunity to show your work and to talk with teachers for support and advice we offer regular portfolio reviews with video conference from April 2020 on. Dates are on Fridays. Please make an appointment in advance:

Letter of intent: in a text of max. one A4 page you should state your motivation and interests to study Architecture at the Academy of fine Arts Vienna.

Language Competency: Please be aware that you have to have proof of your knowledge of the German and the English language (Level B2) before admission but latest before registration.

Language Competency

Admission to study: After successfully passing the admission test, you must register in person at ther Register's office (study department) with all required documents.