STUDY PROG MA “Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation”, University of Applied Arts Vienna (Angewandte), Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität (KONS), Vienna, Austria.

“Social Design -Arts as Urban Innovation” is a new master programme at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Angewandte) and the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität

Urban Environment
Today, more than half of the world population lives in cities, and according to UN reports another 200,000 people arrive each day. In the next 20 years, cities around the globe will expand by 1.5 million square kilometres and in 25 years two-thirds of the world population will live in cities. In this global event we can identify the triggering factors behind tremendous restructuring processes: the transformational power of the industrial and digital revolution. This development places cities as complex, self-generating environments under enormous pressure. Through the densification and concentration of the population, economy, capital, and media, as well as culture and knowledge in urban agglomerations, both their spatial and social fabric are subject to overproportional stress.

Social Design
In order to account for this global development, new concepts are needed that address the overall process of knowledge production in society. Especially art universities are predestined to formulate these new, distinct perspectives on the inherent logic of cities and the corresponding dynamics of their processes. Artistic research can generate links between multifaceted disciplinary expertise and the problems posed by the urban realm. The University of Applied Arts Vienna (Angewandte) in cooperation with the Konservatorium Wien University (KONS) have therefore implemented a new master degree programme dedicated to these challenges that emerge within urban social systems and the broad spectrum of related issues. The shaping of reality viewed on the example of urban agglomerations and contrasted with the urban context of Vienna initially forms both the field of work and the scale for the realisation of the individual projects.

Transdisciplinary Programme Structure
The master programme is oriented towards graduates from diverse fields of study, thereby stipulating work in transdisciplinary teams as the central teaching and learning approach in the programme. On the basis of professional competences acquired in their respective previous studies, students become acquainted with transcending disciplinary codes and thinking and working in greater interrelationships. Art in synergy with project-related scientific methods and knowledge is seen as a tool for urban innovation. The academic principle of research-oriented teaching is further enhanced by cooperations with non-university institutions.

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Deadline for Submission of Portfolio (Part one of entrance exam): 14.09.2012
Entrance Exam: 24.09.2012 – 28.09.2012

Detailed Information about the Programme and the Entrance Exam:

Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation
Universität für angewandte Kunst / University of Applied Arts
Oskar Kokoschka-Platz 2, 1010 Wien/ Vienna, Austria