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University of Applied Arts Vienna

Coordinates: 48°12′27″N 16°22′54″E / 48.20750°N 16.38167°E / 48.20750; 16.38167
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University of Applied Arts Vienna
Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
RectorPetra Schaper Rinkel
Administrative staff
Students1704[1] (Winter semester 2017/18)

48°12′27″N 16°22′54″E / 48.20750°N 16.38167°E / 48.20750; 16.38167
University of Applied Arts Vienna campus

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.



The predecessor of the Angewandte was founded in 1863 as the k. k. Kunstgewerbeschule (Vienna School of Arts and Crafts),[2] following the example of the South Kensington Museum in London, now the Victoria & Albert Museum, to set up a place of advanced education for designers and craftsmen with the Arts and Crafts School in Vienna. 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",[3] and in 1948 was taken over by the Austrian state as an academy. In 1970 it was awarded the title of a university[4] 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, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Paul Kirnig, 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, Hani Rashid (of Asymptote Architecture), Greg Lynn, Wolf D Prix (of Coop Himmelb(l)au), Peter Weibel and the philosopher Burghart Schmidt. This School also rejected the German chancellor Adolf Hitler in 1908, many historians debate what would happen, if he would be accepted.



The university has currently ca. 1,800 students and c. 380 faculty.[5] 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.[6] 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[7]

See also



  1. ^ Wissensbilanz 2017 der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien (PDF) (Report) (in German). University of Applied Arts Vienna. 2017. p. 18.
  2. ^ "History and educational assignment – From the Imperial Royal Arts and Crafts School to the "Angewandte" of Today". www.dieangewandte.at/en/university/profile/history. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  3. ^ "Kunstuniversitäten (english)". Austria-Forum (in German). Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  4. ^ "Federal Law Gazette of the republic Austria (Bundesgesetzblatt der Republik Österreich)" (PDF). 1970. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-13.
  5. ^ "Final report of accounts of the university, 2015" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Knowledge balance of the university, data from 2015" (PDF).
  7. ^ Al Chihade, Elisabeth (1999). Die Hochschule für angewandte Kunst in Wien und ihre Absolventen von 1970 bis 1995. Austria: Österreichischer Kunst- und Kulturverlag. ISBN 3-85437-183-7.
  8. ^ Games, Naomi (7 January 2015). "Dorrit Dekk obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  9. ^ Pope, Virginia (17 March 1940). "Blends Color Harmonies Into Fine Garment Fabric". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-03-09.