Department of Media & Design

Information Design



How do I apply?

If you meet the course requirements, you can apply for a place on the programme.

Step 1: Gather the required documents.

Letter of application, signed

In the letter, explain precisely why you are interested in this course and why you would be suitable. Discuss what you want in your future career. Describe any experience you already have in the topics covered by the course. Explain a bit about yourself and about your strengths, weaknesses and personality.

CV, signed

List your education together with any additional qualifications you have in chronological order in your CV and include any certificates or documents as proof. Do you already have some professional experience? Completed an internship? Had a holiday job? Been involved in social work? Then include all of these activities. Your CV should provide us with an impression of your education and career to date. Example Europass curriculum vitae

Proof of qualification for university entrance

You must provide documentary evidence that you meet the formal requirements for study. Enclose the following documents with your application

  • a copy of your secondary school leaving certificate and final school report


  • proof of qualification for university entrance and/or certificates of additional exams

If you do not yet have your Austrian documents (certificate of university entrance qualification) at the time of submitting your application, you can submit them by the start of your course. Separate guidelines apply for documents submitted by international applicants. If you have any questions please send an email to

A a copy of your citizenship certificate or passport
You have international documents proving that you have obtained the general university entrance qualification and/or you are not an Austrian citizen?

Then you’ll need to meet certain requirements. For more information please go to International Applicants.

Step 2: Digital portfolio in PDF format

The portfolio in PDF format (max. 10 MB) should contain a representative selection (no more than 30 pieces) of your work, demonstrating your design interests and skills: e.g. drawings, graphic work, paintings and the like. Photographic work (no slides) and samples relating to information design may also be submitted. Three dimensional samples may only be submitted as photographs and computer-generated work only as print-outs.

Samples that are the result of team work are not permissible.

The following documents should be attached to the portfolio (in the sequence given below):

  • a signed CV
  • a list of the pieces of work included, together with title, year of creation and source (school, study, work, leisure)
  • a written statement certifying that the samples are your own work and your intellectual property

You can upload the PDF (max 10 MB) with your online application until 30 May 2022 at the latest.

Step 3: Submit your application

All applicants will receive an FH JOANNEUM account allowing them to apply for a degree programme. If you wish to apply, please register at JOANNEUM|online. Fill in the fields First name, Last name, Date of birth and Email, confirm your entries and submit. You will then receive an automatically generated email with a link to the online application.

Follow the link and log in by creating your personal password. You can use the proposed user name or your email address. First select the course type "Bachelor degree programme" and then choose the degree programme you wish to apply for from the drop-down menu. Finally, please fill in your personal and contact details.

Upload your application documents. The letter of motivation, CV and citizenship certificate or passport copy are mandatory documents which you must submit. Please also upload proof of university entrance qualification and any required language certificates. If you do not yet have your Austrian documents (e.g., secondary school leaving or vocational matriculation certificate) at the time of submitting your application, you can submit them by the start of your course.

The portfolio in PDF format must be submitted by the end of the application period.


Please remember to tick the agreement box and submit your online application by clicking on Send.


Adhere to the application deadline and ensure that your documents are complete and signed before you send them off. Only then will your application be accepted. The only exception to this rule are the certificates proving qualification for university entrance. These documents can also be submitted by the start of your course.

After submission you can follow the status of your online application under My Applications in JOANNEUM | online and also upload documents at a later date.

Applicants and students who already have an FH JOANNEUM account can submit a new application under My Applications.

Step 4: Wait to be invited to the assessment interview

Your application will be examined by the Study Administration team. Within a period of around 2 weeks you will receive an email confirming whether your documents are complete, and if you meet the admission requirements.

You will be invited to the assessment interview if you meet the admission requirements, your portfolio has been approved by the admission committee and your application documents are complete and were submitted on time.

You will also receive an email containing information on the date and location of the written assessment test two or three weeks after the application deadline at the latest.