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Admission Examination Scenography

Online registration at: from April 11 to April 30, 2023

The admission examination aims to ascertain whether somebody is sufficiently talented for the central artistic subject.

The examination consists of two parts.

Admission examination WS 2023/24

1st part:

  1. Write a short motivation letter: why do you want to study stage design, where is your special interest in theater?
  2. Submit a digital portfolio with a selection of your work.
  3. The topic of the assignment is called: Underground (in all of its possible meanings)

Think about this term, find - or invent - a place and develop a possible space that you design in a model.

Approach the topic in your own way by research or also associatively.

Attach sketches, photos, collages, etc., of your work steps to the application.

Identify or invent one or more people who live in the place you have invented.

Write a short text (max. one A4 page) about your work. Here you can comment on your work, write a story or poem.

Submittal of the text, the portfolio and the assignment from April 11st until April 30th 2023 at 

Please submit your files in pdf format and mark each file with your family name. E.g.: Motivation_Xxx, Portfolio_Xxx, Assignment_Xxx

Candidates eligible for the admission examination will be notified by E-Mail on the 11th of May 2023.

2nd part:

  • Only for candidates admitted to the 2nd part:
  • From Tuesday, June 13st, 2023, through Thursday, June 15st, 2023 at the Scenography Department, Lehargasse 8, 3rd floor, A-1060 Vienna

Only candidates who pass both parts of the exam will be admitted to study at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

Announcement of the candidates admitted: Thursday, June 15st, after 8.00 p.m. by E-Mail

The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna actively supports the application of people with disabilities and strives to create an admission examination as accessible as possible. Applicants may contact the responsible person, Christina Fasching in the Student Welcome Center with their questions via email to

Language Competency

Language requirements for the admission exam: The admission exam can be done either in German or English. Applicants who do not speak English or German can bring a translator to the oral exam (interview with the professors), detailed information will be submitted within the admission procedure.

Language requirements for students: After passing the admission exam and enrolling as a regular student/degree student, our students have two semesters time to achieve German on level B2. Before enrolling for the third semester (after one year of studies), our students have to prove German knowledge by presenting an official certificate for level B2 at our Registrar’s Office or by passing the Academy’s German course for level B2.
For further information see:

As a major part of our courses/lectures are held in German or German/English, it is essential to speak and understand German.