Study at CDS 

Cross-Disciplinary
Strategies – Applied
Studies in Art, Science,
Philosophy, and
Global Challenges (CDS)

By introducing the degree programme Cross-Disciplinary Strategies. Applied Studies in Art, Science, Philosophy and Global Challenges, the University of Applied Arts Vienna addresses core issues relating to education, art and culture, and to social participation and actively shaping society in the early 21st century.

The English-language bachelor’s degree programme Cross-Disciplinary Strategies. Applied Studies in Art, Science, Philosophy and Global Challenges has been offered by the Institute of Arts and Society since the winter semester 2017. The curriculum covers the methods and principles of both art and the humanities, social and natural sciences, and economics and politics, aiming to counter the increasing fragmentation of the sciences and to equip students to deal with the complex social challenges in the 21st century world. The links between knowledge, experience and politics are developed and accessed in practical, artistic and theoretical learning units.

Epistemology, methodology and the history of science form the basis on which the approach to specific issues in art, natural sciences and humanities, social and economic history, and current social and political developments is founded. The programme focuses particularly on the fields of artificial intelligence, big data and the social contextualisation of these issues.

The introductory year covers principles of programming, statistics, academic work in the form of research and text production, as well as the principles of human rights, the structure of international organisations, artistic practices and current discourses in social sciences and humanities.

In subsequent years of the programme, the curriculum is structured into the following topic groups: science and technology, economics and politics, and artistic strategies on annual topics that deal with global challenges such as migration, medialisation, work, growth, environment, and nutrition. The students apply the content theoretically and practically in cross-disciplinary annual projects. Instruction formats include classical teaching forms as well as excursions, team teaching, project-based learning, internships and reflection on studies.

The programme aims to enable students to identify and uncover complex correlations, and to integrate them into cooperative processes of action.