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PhD-Program | Requirements

The PhD program at the University of Art and Design Linz has a prescribed minimum duration of 6 semesters. PhD students work alone or in teams primarily on their projects and are accompanied by one or more supervisors. The required credit for a scholarship, a residence permit or similar of 15 ECTS credits per semester is awarded by the supervisors within the framework of a private dissertation.

In order to structure the PhD program individually and in accordance with the respective project, as well as to define the rights and obligations of the PhD students and the supervisors, a supervision agreement is to be drawn up jointly by them in the course of the first semester and submitted to the Research Board for review. The supervision agreement must contain a project description, information on the time and work plan, key data on supervision and a declaration of commitment to comply with the rules of good scientific practice.

In addition, further performance elements for the acquisition of extended skills and additional qualifications are to be agreed upon individually. These performance elements may include, for example, attendance of courses (research seminars, colloquia, privatissima, etc.) at internal or external institutions and research facilities, participation in exhibitions and conferences, workshops, artistic productions, publications, reports to supervisors, etc.

You can find a sample form of a supervision agreement at Links and Downloads.

The supervision agreements signed by the PhD-candidates and their respective supervisor(s) must be submitted by email to veronika.schwediauer@ufg.at no later than six months after enrollment.
Supervision agreements are reviewed and approved by the Research Board.

During the PhD-program, a progress report must be submitted by the PhD-candidates to the supervisor(s) and signed by the supervisor(s) once each semester, with the exception of the first and last semesters.

Furthermore, participation in the PhD-Colloquia (PhD conference of the University of Art and Design Linz), which take place once a semester, is expected. The PhD-Colloquium serves the purpose of joint discussion, exchange and reflection between the PhD-candidates and the staff of the University of Art and Design Linz. In the course of the PhD-program, an active contribution about one's own PhD project must be given at least once in the context of a public event at the University of Art and Design Linz.

In addition, other events are organized. PhD-candidates can find out about planned events, workshops and current information in the News section. PhD-candidates at the University of Art and Design Linz can also take advantage of a wide range of continuing education opportunities for staff.

Self-organized networking and setting your own impulses is highly encouraged. If you need support in networking with other PhD-candidates, have ideas for events, workshops or e.g. reading circles or want to set other impulses, please feel free to contact us.

Furthermore, the PhD email distribution list is available for communication with and between PhD-candidates. If you are interested in news from our PhD-program, please subscribe to it here.

At the University of Art and Design Linz, there are basically no scholarships for the realization of a PhD-project. Detailed information on possible funding channels can be found here. If you have any questions regarding the selection of funding schemes or the preparation of project or grant applications, we will be happy to advise and assist you!

Katrin Petroschkat, PhD
M: +43 (0)676 84 7898 2202
Bürotage: Montag, Dienstag

Hauptplatz 6
4020 Linz | Austria

Dr. Veronika Schwediauer