University of the Arts Vienna

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The University of Applied Arts Vienna (German: Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, or informally just Die Angewandte) is an arts university and institution of higher education in Vienna, the capital of Austria. It has had university status since 1970.

University of the Arts Vienna


The predecessor of the Angewandte was founded in 1867 as the k. k. Kunstgewerbeschule (Vienna School of Arts and Crafts) . It was closely associated with the Österreichischen Museums für Kunst und Industrie (Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry, today known as the MAK). It was the first school of its kind on the continent. In 1941 it became an institution of higher education. 1941-45 it was called “Reichshochschule fuer angewandte Kunst”, and in 1948 was taken over by the Austrian state as an academy. In 1970 it was awarded the title of a university and in 1998 it was renamed the Universität für angewandte Künste (University of applied arts).

Famous artists such as Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Koloman Moser, Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld, Jil Sander, Pipilotti Rist, Matteo Thun, François Valentiny, Hugo Markl and Stefan Sagmeister were part of the university’s staff or student body. Today its faculty includes many distinguished artists and teachers, such as Judith Eisler, Erwin Wurm, Hartmut Esslinger, Greg Lynn, Wolf D Prix (of Coop Himmelb(l)au), Peter Weibel and the philosopher Burghart Schmidt.


The university has currently ca. 1,800 students and c. 380 faculty. The students come from 70 different countries to study in the 29 disciplines of the school, structured in 60% Austrians, 25% Europeans and 15% from other countries. The outcome of their processes is made public in ca. 200 exhibitions a year and a multitude of different events and other public presentations.

Notable alumni

Notable alumni from the University are:

  • Dorrit Dekk (1917-–2014), graphic designer, printmaker and artist
  • Brigitte Kowanz (born 1957), artist
  • Matthias Laurenz Gräff (born 1984), artist
  • Hugo Markl (born 1964), artist
  • Pipilotti Rist (born 1962), visual artist
  • Felice Rix-Ueno (1893-1967), textile artist
  • Stefan Sagmeister (born 1962), designer
  • Stylianos Schicho (born 1977), artist
  • Eva Schlegel (born 1960), artist and professor at the Academy of fine Arts Vienna
  • Pola Stout (1902–1984), textile designer
  • Matthias Tarasiewicz (born 1979), curator and researcher
  • Erwin Wurm (born 1954), artist
  • Lisbeth Zwerger (born 1954), illustrator