The title of "scene/stage designer" describes the job up to a point, but has its limitations – everyone working for contemporary theater is usually expected to cooperate with multiple other artists while designing a theater production. Thus, the stage/scene designer is part of a larger context that consists 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, she or he is, also simultaneously and inevitably a part of all other innovative processes essential to the creation of a theatrical, dance, Live-Art, documentary-theater, opera or music-theater setting. In this sense, the study of scenography is akin to theater studies, but 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.