Bachelor's Degree in Cultural Studies

Cultural studies scholar Clifford Geertz once remarked that culture is a web of meaning spun by humans in which they themselves are enmeshed. The six-semester Bachelor's degree program in Cultural Studies focuses on exploring this very fabric.

Study Cultural Studies and Humanities in an Interdisciplinary and Artistic-Scientific Way.


The Bachelor's degree program in Cultural Studies is organized by the Linz University of Art & Design in cooperation with the Johannes Kepler University Linz, the Catholic Private University Linz, and the Anton Bruckner Private University.

Exploring the full spectrum of art, aesthetic phenomena, and subject areas in the field of cultural studies, both in theory and practice, lays the foundation to pursue a creative profession in cultural arts or pursue a graduate degree. Core subjects offered at the partner universities, such as cultural studies, art history / art studies / art theory, history, philosophy and media studies, are taught in a systematic way and include an artistic-academic approach. The program qualifies students to pursue aesthetic and critical-experimental modes of cognition and real-world practices.

The Bachelor's degree program in Cultural Studies has a specific profile and focus, combining subject-specific foundations in a historical and cultural perspective in cultural studies with practices in art and culture. The program's inter-university approach provides students with a unique opportunity to engage in different university cultures. A student lounge is available at the University of Art.

Key Facts

Start of Studies

Winter Semester 2019


Bachelor of Arts (BA)


6 Semesters


180 Punkte


German (Level B2)





The Program Structure

The six-semester program includes five core subject areas (cultural studies, art history, media studies, history, and philosophy) as well as four supplementary subjects (gender studies, global studies, conducting artistic/scientific research, and politics/religion/society). During the course of the program, students can select from two tracks, either a focus on one of the core subject areas to acquire a strong background to later on pursue a graduate degree in that subject area, or completing the program without a special focus, acquiring a comprehensive overview of the entire spectrum of subject areas in the fields of cultural studies and artistic, research-related approaches. The program concludes with the Bachelor's thesis on one of the core or supplementary subject areas.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is contingent upon holding valid university entrance qualifications, successfully passing the admissions examination at the Linz University of Art & Design. As part of the admission examination, the applicant’s aptitude in arts and academics will be evaluated and assessed.


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