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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Bachelor in

Design and Art - Major in Art

This programme is centred upon contemporary aesthetics and explores the media of photography, film and computer. Under the supervision of world-famous artists, you will work in small groups and will create projects that contribute to the current debate within the arts and society.

Course description

You will work in the studios located in the faculty building: one devoted to space (for sculpture and installations); one to the visual arts (photography, videos and film), one to interaction (for performative arts/new media) and one to exhibitions (visual culture/curatorship). You will be able to experiment and create your customised study programme. You can also choose to repeat the experience of one studio twice.

The relationship between students and lecturers is very well balanced: work groups are small and supervised by three lecturers. In this programme, theory is always linked to practice. Lively and regular discussion is a guarantee for successful learning.

At a glance

Bachelor class: L-4
ECTS credits: 180
Duration of the course: 3 years
Courses will be taught in: Italian, German and English (trilingual)
Places available: 28 EU + 2 non-EU
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: € 1.347,50 per year

Structure of the course

The study programme starts with the 'Warm-up' course that introduces students to a practical approach to art. In the following terms, you will work in the studios: 'Image', 'Space', 'Interact' and 'Exhibit'. During the last term, you will then focus on the development of your final degree project based on what you have learnt in one of the four studios.

The modules on offer include the study of Art History and Aesthetics, practical courses in our studios, some modules that students can choose freely and language courses.

You will learn theories specific to various professional sectors and you will be able to apply what you learnt if you choose to continue to postgraduate study in the fields of design, curatorship or in the cultural business.


Ateliers and Workshops

The studios

In the studios, where both individual and team work is encouraged, you will be able to combine theory and practice effectively. It is here that projects become reality. They are very close to the offices of lecturers, and students often present their work there.

Our workshops

In the workshops you will find all the tools you need, traditional and state-of-the-art technology, to turn your projects into reality. Those who manage our workshops are skilled professionals who will help you and share their  experience with you.


Degree Course director: Prof. Roberto Gigliotti (photo)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Luisa Maria Heindl

Exchange programmes and internships

Currently we offer exchange programmes with almost 20 partner universities all over the world and we are part of a large network of collaboration with employers in Italy and abroad where you can undertake your internship. This study programme does not involve a compulsory internship.

Career opportunities

This programme provides various training options, the main of which being becoming familiar with contemporary thought and creative practices. You can specialise in photography, video-making and three-dimensional projects. This will enable you to further your studies in the fields of graphic or product design, photography and cinematography.

Well prepared and ready for the job market. On the website of AlmaLaurea you can check statistical data about graduates’ satisfaction and their employability.

go to the survey (in Italian)

Camilla Angolini


Questo corso mi sta dando la possibilità ogni semestre di esplorare un aspetto artistico differente come scultura, performance, video, fotografia, pratica curatoriale, così da potermi creare una visione a tutto campo sul mondo dell’arte contemporanea. L’ambiente lavorativo è stimolante, abbiamo accesso a officine ben fornite, entriamo in contatto con professionisti e collaboriamo con altri corsi della facoltà, come quello in design. Attraverso questo bachelor ho l’opportunità di studiare sia arte sia, in parte, anche design, dandomi tempo e spazio per attività pratiche, accompagnando il tutto con approfonditi corsi teorici. unibz è un luogo dove le idee possono essere realizzate!


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  • Secondary School leaving exam or foreign qualification recognised as equivalent;
  • Language requirements*: B2 in two of the three teaching languages;

More details in the study manifesto (see link below).

* In order to be admitted for the course, you will be required to prove that you have a B2 level of competence in at least two of the three languages in which courses are taught at unibz. If you don't have an official language certification, you can take a language exam at our university.

Online Application
Early Bird
- for EU and non-EU citizens: 1 March - 26 April 2019, noon 
Late Application - for EU citizens only: 20 May - 11 July 2019, noon



First stage  

By the end of the application session you will have to upload a video (duration: approx. 2 minutes): you can find more information on how to make it in the Study Manifesto.

Assignments to be done at home (instructions will be sent to the applicants a week before the Admission Workshop):

  • Visual communication - 2D;
  • Product design - 3D;
  • Art work.

 All 3 tasks have to be performed, irrespective if you apply for Design or Art. The assignments have to be brought to the Admission Workshop.

Second stage
Admission Workshop at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano:

  • Sketch-Test;
  • Interview: At the end of the “Sketch-Test”, you will have an interview with a commission, during which you will explain and discuss your homework. Moreover, the commission may pose you questions concerning your CV and general questions about design and/or art.

Publication Ranking Lists
Early Bird: by 17 May 2019
Late Application: by 30 July 2019

Contact us by phone at +390471012100 or fill in the request form.

Introductory courses to the workshops

The faculty offers introductory courses to the workshops to first year students during the first week of September. The attendance of these courses is prerequisite to gain access to the various workshops, where students will work intensively starting from the first semester. Further workshop courses will not be organized until February 2019. Students who do not attend introductory courses in September, will not be able to access the workshops for the first semester.


Additional Educational Requirements (OFA) are assigned to enrolled students if educational deficiencies are found in their basic knowledge. Students will be required to fill these deficiencies (thus fulfilling the OFA) during the first semester (WUP-Project) in the manner indicated in the Study Manifest (see below).

The additional Educational Requirements will be reached indirectly by passing the exam of the WUP-Project. In the case of failure to pass the WUP-Project exam, students are allowed to attend only workshop courses, specialist language courses and to complete the annual courses of the first year during the second semester.

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Study manifesto

Regulations (only Italian and German)

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