The Institute for Fine Arts is the central place of art education,
practice and research at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. It aims to
provide students with a wide range of artistic and theoretical skills
while helping them to develop their own, specific competence. Although
the institute is still based on the classical disciplines of painting
and sculpture, in the past ten years it has been extending its range of
media by including new ones such as film, video, performance, and
conceptual art. This means that students have 17 Studios at their
disposal to advance their artistic education and training. Furthermore,
the workshops have been upgraded and non-professorial staff supported in
their independent teaching, which has created additional opportunities
of artistic development
As the Institute for Fine Arts is closely linked to the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies, a direct connection between theoretical and practical subjects has been established. At present, the Institute for Fine Arts offers a combination of art education (individual and in groups), various specialized workshops, and a variety of (mostly interdisciplinary) practical and theoretical lectures and courses.
Artists involved in the international discourse are in charge of the Studios (the central artistic subjects), hold lectures, advise and support their students and, together with the latter, develop projects visible beyond the scope of the Academy's immediate context. Apart from teaching, the field of artistic research has gained importance within the Academy, which in turn serves to enrich the curricula.
Suitable rooms, individual workplaces, and state-of-the-art professional equipment ensure the students' individual development and prepare them for their independent work after graduation. Not only the composition of the teaching staff, but also the large number of students from other countries and the constant presence of graduates within a wider artistic context show the international orientation of the Institute for Fine Arts.