Both the Master Programme and Bachelor Programme space&designstrategies are strongly project- and implementation-oriented. Every student – no matter whether a beginner or close to graduating – joins in the work following the year’s specific thematic focus, sometimes working on an implementation project resulting from that “motto”. The annual thematic focus, which is drawn from a wide pool of inspirations, is defined anew at the start of each winter semester.
During the winter semester, students are free to develop ideas and concepts as they please. In the context of the course taught for the central art subject (conservatory with Univ.Prof.Ton Matton), compulsory individual presentations (reviews) by all students in all phases of the curriculum are held simultaneously every other week. The concepts of the individual works are jointly commented upon; suggestions for further developments are discussed.
A number of teachers of this programme – mainly assistant lecturers – follow the progress of the individual projects continuously, advise students and are likewise involved in the general discourse.
The results arrived at in the first semester are then scanned in the second semester for specific themes and/or particularly remarkable projects, dealt with in greater detail and – if necessary – implemented either individually or jointly. Over the course of the study year 2005/2006, the annual thematic focus land_er_findung led to the development and implementation, together with students and teachers, of a two-year co-operation project with Österreichische Bundesforste AG (Austrian Federal Forestry Office) to give a new “look” to the Dachstein World Heritage site.
Other annual thematic focuses have led to the development of Projects (flagship europe), their implementation together with private and public institutions and their support by various sponsors.
In the first year of the curriculum, participation in training courses in the fields of metal processing and electrical engineering is compulsory for bachelor students. These take place once a week at the Voestalpine training workshop and teach students to individually implement their designs and projects in the annexed space&designstrategies workshop.
The successful completion of the Bachelor Programme after conclusion of the 6th semester is contingent on the submission of all necessary certificates (see compulsory subjects), proof of the respective student’s participation in the excursion for the central subject (certificate) and on two artistic-scientific bachelor theses, which must be compiled as required by the curriculum in the 4th and 6th semesters and positively graded.