University of Applied Arts Vienna

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The University of Applied Arts Vienna (Template:Lang-de, or informally just Die Angewandte) is an institution of higher education in Vienna, the capital of Austria. It has had university status since 1970.


The Angewandte was founded in 1867 as the k.k. Kunstgewerbeschule des k.k. Österreichischen Museums für Kunst und Industrie. It was the first school of its kind on the continent. In 1941 it became an institution of higher education. In 1970 it was awarded the title of a university and in 1998 the school was renamed the Universität für angewandte Künste (University of applied arts).

Famous artists such as Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, 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, Zaha Hadid, Hartmut Esslinger, Greg Lynn, Wolf D Prix (of Coop Himmelb(l)au) and the philosopher Burghart Schmidt.


The university has currently c. 1,800 students and c. 340 faculty. The students come from 49 different countries to study in the 29 disciplines of the school. They form their creative ideas in 56 different languages. The outcome of their processes is made public in 200 exhibitions a year and a multitude of different events and other public presentations.

Course content

  • Applied arts live art and technology as symbiosis.
  • Applied arts live art and society in interaction.
  • Applied arts live art as an experimental approach towards science.


  • Hugo Markl (born 1964), artist
  • Pipilotti Rist (born 1962), visual artist
  • Felice Rix-Ueno (1893-1967) textile artist

See also

  • Vocational universities

External links

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