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. You will find some helpful tips in our blog.

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 or
  • 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

Portfolio with samples of your work

The portfolio should contain a representative selection (no more than 30 pieces) of your works, demonstrating your design interests and skills: e.g. drawings, graphic work, collages, 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.

Please indicate your name as well as the date and source (school, study course, work, leisure) of each piece on the reverse side. Samples that are the result of team work are not permissible.

Applicants interested in time-based media such as film, video and animation who wish to specialise in Media Design can also submit videos as samples of their work in addition to their portfolio. These can be submitted via links to one of the commonly used video platforms such as Vimeo or YouTube. Please make sure that these links work and submit a backup copy on a storage medium, if necessary. You should in any case attach a brief written description of the relevant project.

The format of the pieces submitted must not exceed the maximum portfolio size (DIN A3, 29.7 cm x 42 cm) Maximum weight: 5 kg. No rolls and no DVDs or CDs! Your name and the name of the degree programme must be clearly visible on the outside of the portfolio.

Please enclose the following with the portfolio:

  • a list of the pieces of work included
  • a written statement certifying that the samples are your own work and your intellectual property
  • a signed curriculum vitae (CV)
A a copy of your citizenship certificate or passport
Application Form, completed and signed

If you are applying online, you do not need to complete and sign the Application Form by hand. The Application Form can also be completed online.

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: Submit your portfolio

Portfolios must be handed in at the office. Portfolios will be accepted from 27 April 2020 (Monday to Friday: 10:00 – 12:00) until 25 May 2020, 12:00. Portfolios submitted by post must be sent “carriage paid” to:

Information Design
Alte Poststrasse 152, 8020 Graz, AUSTRIA

Return of portfolios

You will receive prompt written confirmation of the results of the assessment of your portfolio. The candidates approved by the admission committee based on the work submitted, will be invited to attend the assessment test and a creative exam and will be able to collect their portfolios personally after the examination is over.

If you have not been invited to the admissions process you are requested to collect your portfolio from the office (Mon – Fri, 10:00 to 12:00) either personally or by someone else on your behalf or by a forwarding agent, prior to the beginning of the summer break (by 26 June 2020 at the latest). Portfolios will not be returned by post.

Step 3: Submit your application

You can apply online or by post. Your chances of gaining a place on the course are the same whatever method you choose and whenever you submit your application during the application period.


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.

You want to apply online?

Complete the Application Form online and upload your application documents. Simply follow the link to the online application for Bachelor's degree programmes.


In the event of a system overload, you can also send the application documents by email to In this case please attach the Application Form as a PDF.

You want to apply by post?

Send your full set of application documents by (registered) mail to:

FH JOANNEUM Gesellschaft mbH
Study Administration
Alte Poststraße 147
8020 Graz

Step 4: Wait to be invited to the assessment test

Your application will be checked by the Student Administration department. You will receive an email to confirm that your documents are complete and that you meet the admission requirements within two weeks of submission.

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.