The bachelor degree programme „Cross-Disciplinary Strategies. Applied Studies in Art, Science, Philosophy, and Global Challenges“
conveys a broad spectrum of artistic and scientific skills, strategies and principles of artistic and scientific praxis, linked
with the aspiration to promote a critical approach, cooperation skills and goal-oriented learning not just in individual areas
of knowledge, but also beyond the arts.
The educational system‘s approach for this programme represents an answer to
transformation processes that our globalized societies face today. To be able to deal with complex and global dynamics as
well as differing realities, courses designed to give an overview offer interdisciplinary knowledge and provide insights into
strategies and methods from a number of areas of knowledge. Basic principles of art, philosophy, natural sciences, engineering
and the humanities are an integral part of the curriculum in order to familiarize students with various perspectives and epistemologies.
In addition, basic knowledge regarding the challenges of an increasing fusion of man and machine will be imparted, with particular
focus on the growing automation that is due to the refinement of artificial intelligence and progress in the area of genome
The interdisciplinary approach of the programme aims at developing future-oriented work methods
and the conveyance of new strategies designed to reach far beyond ordinary educational concepts, thus opposing the growing
specialization and fragmentation of knowledge. This approach represents a contribution to shaping the future of our societies:
Fragile social fabrics in a quickly changing world that are confronted with global challenges to an unprecedented extent are
to be addressed: demographic change, migration, the protection of human rights, social injustices and poverty, climate change,
or redefining human work in the era of robotics and digitalization.
Systematic and interdisciplinary
courses provide students with insights into current strategies of relevant technological developments, into new economies
and finances, as well as into political discourses of contemporary societies. The programme is supplemented by reflections
accompanying the course of studies. Artistic strategies and practical knowledge are both significant learning objectives and
basic work methods. These goals are conveyed in modular study units and enhanced through forms of complementary and collaborative
teaching; they include artistic strategies like abstraction, ambiguity, alienation, destruction or performativity. The architecture
of the study programme offers a new and innovative learning environment which combines theory and practice. It is supplemented
by practical experience in various studios where students become familiar with a broad spectrum of media and materials.
In order to educate professionals who are able to navigate in a globalized and interconnected world and who
possess the necessary qualifications to handle complex and global dynamics, the study programme offers new teaching and learning
methods and action strategies. These promote collaboration and teamwork and enable the planning, creation, implementation,
analysis and inspired leading of dynamic projects – an important contribution to providing critical and well thought out foundations
for meaningful and sustainable decision processes.
Graduates employ artistic skills, strategies
and principles of artistic praxis and experience, plus broad knowledge regarding the basic principles of research from the
areas of engineering, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences to identify, develop and bring about systematic and
innovative approaches for the achievement of sustainable transformation and design processes. Graduates gain an understanding
for the complex coherences of our globalized and tightly interwoven societies and are able to take a critical stance towards
the multiple challenges of our time.
The intention is for graduates to pass through awareness-raising and
qualification processes that will enable them:
- to identify and address relevant issues and strategies for change processes
beyond the boundaries of disciplines,
- to systemize and communicate (knowledge transfer) the approaches developed,
and to implement them according to the requirements of the respective context,
- to instruct and guide interdisciplinary
work teams that are characterized by diversity and heterogeneity.
Due to the architecture of the study programme
students have at their command a number of artistic skills and strategies, as well as interdisciplinary knowledge in respect
of the basic principles of highly diverse knowledge areas, all of which facilitates a certain foresight while at the same
time providing high adaptability to a wide range of disciplines. Graduates will be enabled to lead, in a stimulating and cooperative
way, decision processes and strategic developments in complex matters such as politics, administration and new economic systems
of the 21st century. They are qualified for fields of work in both the public and the private sector, e.g. at universities
and external research facilities where research teams are interdisciplinary because of the complexity of the research subject.
They also qualify for research departments and senior positions in the strategy development of commercial enterprises that
design complex strategies for change processes and that have a need for ongoing renewal and change due to their organizational
and content-wise orientation.
Further fields of work are available in the context of public administration
bodies of the country, the federal states and larger urban spaces in respect of planning and decision-making processes of
complex undertakings, plus in connection with political decision makers and panels that deal with diverging interests and
complex tasks of multiple and far-reaching consequences. Opportunities can also be found in multinational institutions (e.g.
the EU, UNO, OECD, UNESCO, OPEC), as well as in think tanks and enterprises that advise business and politics regarding development
scenarios and potential courses of action, plus in lobbies that are faced with a dramatic change in working and producing.
Another field of work exists in cultural institutions that face a conflict of orientation between art, aesthetics, public
sphere, politics and economic parameters, but offer suitable spaces to voice and make known to a wider public the global challenges
confronting our societies today.