While the job title "scene/stage designer" may seem precise, it only describes a small section of the truth - working for the contemporary theater almost always means cooperating with a group of other artists in the design of a production. In this sense, the scene designer is part of a larger context consisting of a variety of perspectives on a single point of reference, constantly crossing the lines that seemingly separate different fields of work. While the scene designer is responsible for the design and implementation of all matters pertaining to the given space, s/he is, simultaneously and inevitably, also part of all other innovative processes essential for the creation of a theatrical, dance, Live-Art, documentary theater, opera or music theater setting. In this sense, the study of scenography is like theater studies with a special focus.
Apart from numerous basic techniques such as research, drawing, design, model-making etc., this course of studies comprises introductions to the fields of lighting design/film/video as well as an intensive analysis of theater-theoretical, dramaturgical and stage direction themes. One of the main concerns of the Studio of Scenography is to prepare students for the great variety of current stagings: for the production methods and infrastructures of urban and national theater, for the processes of realization in the scene of free theater, and for multi-discipline inventions at the intersection of fine art, architecture and performance.
In October 2013, the close cooperation between students of Scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, and Anna Viebrock began.