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Due to the Covid19 situation, the entire examination process takes place digitally. The personal presence of applicants in Vienna is not required at any time during the examination.

Please read the entire information text carefully


1. Online-Registration

1st April 2021 / 10am to 23rd April 2021 / 12 am exclusively at www.akbild.ac.at/admission

As part of the online registration, the specified data* of your valid passport must be used

*(First and Last name, date of birth etc.)

If desired, the artist name can also be specified in the "Artist name" field.

In order to specify the artist's self-assessment, one of the following three Studio Groups must be selected as part of the online application.

Painting: includes the studio practice of Abstract Painting (Prof. Eichwald), Expanded Pictorial Space (Prof. Richter), Graphic Arts and Printmaking Techniques (Prof. Schwarzwald), Figurative Painting (Prof. Mikkola), Contextual Painting (Prof. Scheirl), Drawing (Prof. Dirnhofer)

Sculpture: includes the studio practice of Sculpture and Spatial Strategies (Prof. Issa), Art in Public Space (Prof. Hahn), Expanded Pictorial Space-Action (Prof. Huemer), Object-Sculpture (Prof. Göthe), Textual Sculpture (Prof. Zobernig)

Media: includes the studio practice of Conceptual Art (Prof. Grzinic), Art and Digital Media (Prof. Ruhm), Art and Film (Prof. Heise), Art and Photography (Prof. Guttmann), Performative Art (Prof. Dertnig), Video and Video Installation (Prof. Margreiter)

After completing the online registration, all applicants will receive a confirmation of registration by email, which contains the registration number and the link with all information for uploading the digital portfolios (enter valid / active email address, check spam folder). The registration number is required in the further course of the application.

Your registration number is essential for the further application process; please make a note of it carefully.

2. Submission of work samples/portfolios only digital by upload possible

from 1st April 2021 / 10am to 23rd April 2021 / 12am (CET)

The digital submission of the work samples is only possible after successful online registration and receipt of the registration number.

The portfolios can only be submitted digitally via upload. The registration and / or submission of work samples / portfolios by e-mail are excluded, as is the personal submission of physical folders / work samples, USB sticks or other data carriers.

Work samples / portfolios sent by email will not be considered.

Work samples/portfolios - recommendation:

The work samples serve to demonstrate the ability of independent artistic thinking and working.

It is expected that the applicants submit independent artistic works that show certain interests, implementation skills, motivations and ways of working.

The selection of the works should be made on the basis of one's own artistic work practice. It is recommended to only submit works that have been created at school or various art-courses if they support your own artistic position.

Requirements for digital portfolios

  • The name and registration number must be given on the first page of the file.
  • Submit a portfolio in pdf format with a maximum size of 1 GB.

Links to videos / audio material must be included in the portfolio (links to clouds, Youtube, websites, etc.). If necessary, do not forget to state the password. Applicants are responsible for the functioning of the links. If links do not work, the applicants will not be contacted on our part.

  • The portfolio can be designed according to your own ideas (maximum size 1 GB).
  • The file name of the portfolio file should be as follows: Registrationnumber_Name_Firstname (example file name: 0123_Miller_Anne)

3. Viewing of submitted works by the Board of Admission

26th April 2021 to 5th May 2021

Based on the applicants' artistic portfolios, the Board of Admission decides which applicants will be invited to the 2nd part of the entrance examination.

4. Announcement of the preliminary result 

7th May 2021, from 1pm

All applicants will be notified by email about the preliminary result and the list of those invited to take the entrance examination will be published at the Academy's official notice board.


1. Oral examination by zoom video conference

The oral examination consists of an examination task and a personal interview with a professor and his / her staff. Possible contents of the interview include the artistic work that was created as part of the exam, the submitted portfolio and the applicant's artistic practice. The interview will last about 30 minutes. The examination task and the date for the personal interview will be sent to the applicants by email on 10th May 2021 between 10am and 4pm (CET).

Personal interviews with invited applicants will only take place digitally on the following days:

17th May 2021, 9am to 5pm

18th May 2021, 9am to 5pm

19th May 2021, 9am to 5pm

(20th May 2021, 9am to 5pm / alternative date in the event of technical problems)

Please keep these days free for the interview that takes place. Due to the high number of applicants, we cannot take individual appointment requests into account.

2. Announcement of the examination task and the dates of the personal interviews

The examination task, the dates and the invitations to the personal interviews will be sent to the invited applicants by email on 10th May 2021 between 10 am and 4 pm (CET).

The examination task, the personal (digital) interview and the portfolio uploaded as part of the application part 1, form the basis for the decision of the Board of Admission on admittance to study.

2. Announcement of the final result:

25th May 2021 from 1pm

All applicants will be notified by email and the list of applicants admitted to study at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna will be published at the Academy's official notice board.